by Bryan Darrow | September 01, 2006


If you couldn’t
be a meeting planner,
what career would you choose?

“I originally went to college to be a computer programmer a million and a half years ago. I guess that’s quite a change in direction, becoming a meeting planner vs. working with computers, but I have a feeling that I like what I’m doing now more than I would enjoy programming.”

Elaine Powell, CMP
Assistant Director of Meetings
American Statistical Association
Alexandria, Va.

“I would be a clinical psychologist. I’ve always had an interest in the field, and I’ve done a fair amount of volunteer work helping children with disabilities. I’m particularly interested in what motivates people to do what they do, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I come back to this field at some point later in life.”

Tim Ball, CMP
Everett Reed Meetings & Events
Washington, D.C.

“I would probably be working for a nonprofit organization managing fundraisers. I’ve always had an interest in the nonprofit sector, but unfortunately, there usually isn’t a lot of money involved when you start at the bottom.”

Deana Hoffmann
Corporate Event Planner
Robert Half International
Pleasanton, Calif.