Meeting Planner of the Year: Meet Michelle
Recently, I was promoted from a Senior Specialist (Meeting Planner) to the Manager of the Meeting & Travel Department. My primary responsibilities include the planning and executing of high-level and/or intricate meetings as well as internal travel management for Nestlé Purina. I manage a team of three while also fueling my passion and serving on a couple advisory boards within the organization.
You were recently awarded Meeting Planner of the Year, walk us through the day you were notified of this exciting news and what it felt like?
I serve as the VP of Media and Communications for the St. Louis Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). When I was nominated for planner of the year, along with 8 other meeting planners by the St. Louis MPI chapter, I was honored and humbled, but I never thought I’d win. When my name was called as the winner, I was floored. Though I don’t suffer from Imposter Syndrome, there were some “heavy hitters” in that category, so I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be. It’s a true blessing and honor to be perceived in that manner by my industry peers.
What makes your role so unique at Nestlé Purina?