Leading up to college, I always knew I wanted to pursue studies and a career in the field of hospitality. After learning about the highly respected hospitality program at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, there was no doubt which table I was going to visit first at my high school’s college fair.
After touring Johnson & Wales University, meeting hospitality faculty and learning more about the experiences JWU offers outside of the classroom, my decision was a no brainer. I had the pleasure of interning with the Providence - Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (@goprovidence). At the Bureau and by working with industry partners, I gained experience and learned about every aspect of hospitality... everything from hotels, attractions and restaurants to entertainment & special events. It was this experience specifically where I discovered that my niche within the industry was in the area of events.
I was also very involved in extracurricular activities and held multiple on campus positions during my time in college. I worked closely with the University Media Team in generating creative content and ideas to engage a variety of audiences and managed official social media accounts for the university. I was also a Program Assistant and the University Involvement Board President for the Student Involvement & Leadership office, where I was responsible for managing our event calendar, social media accounts, employee schedules and department event budgets, which totaled to over $100,000. During the summer months when I wasn't in Providence, I was part of the Social and Activities Team at Woodloch Resort, where I worked with a staff of over 90 employees in creating, organizing and overseeing events and activities for over 1,000 guests daily.
Post graduation, I began working with Legends Hospitality as a host in the restaurant at One World Observatory. I also assisted in the set-ups of events and happy hours. With COVID-19 temporarily closing the Observatory in 2020, I took on a seasonal role in destination marketing at Ski Big Bear in Pennsylvania.
In March of 2021, I returned to Woodloch Resort full time to pursue a new role as their Wedding & Event Coordinator. In my spare time, I love to be outdoors. I am so fortunate enough to live and work in a region with plenty of fresh mountain air. I love watersports, skiing, hiking and exploring. I also like to volunteer in my local community and currently serve on the Strategic Planning Committee of Masthope Mountain Community, where I analyze long term infrastructure projects that reflect the needs and desires of the membership.
Advice to incoming hospitality students:
Immerse yourself in all of the opportunities that college provides. Get involved on campus in clubs and organizations and take advantage of industry speakers and presentations, career fairs, and resume and interview prep. For me, extracurricular and hands on experiences proved to be some of my most memorable moments.