Spotlight on Maggie Seitter
Friday, April 26, 2019
The Student Development Action Team is shining the spotlight on ACCED-I members who are currently students, or were former students now working as a professional in the collegiate conference and events industry. This month we meet Maggie Seitter, Student Worker, Emory University Conference Services.
What drove you to get involved with collegiate conferencing and events as a student?
I initially got involved in collegiate conferences as a way to give back to my University. Both my brother and I have attended Emory University and I take pride in working for the school that provided my brother and I with so many great opportunities. I am also fiercely proud of my school and enjoy representing the University everyday through my position in conference services.
What benefits do you appreciate most from your time as a student working in collegiate conferencing and events?
Of all the benefits I receive, I most appreciate the many opportunities for client exposure. In my role now, I have the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of conference directors during both the planning and hosting aspect of conferences. Working with conference directors has greatly improved my customer service skills, client management skills, and has overall taught me how to be a better communicator when working with professionals. In addition, I’ve also gotten to meet, network, and learn from professionals all over the country. This has been crucial in my personal development and has helped me shape my future career path.
What is the best advice you ever got?
The best advice I’ve ever gotten was “Whatever you do, always give 100%”.
What advice would you give to a student?
My advice to any student would be to explore new things and find new interests you didn’t know existed.
Did/Do you have a mentor or colleague that you look(ed) up to for guidance? Tell us about your relationship.
My mentor would be my boss, Sherry Ebrahimi, who is the Director of Conference Services at Emory. Through the years, Sherry has offered me crucial guidance and knowledge and has always cared about my growth and professional development inside and outside of the office. At work, Sherry provides me with a high level of autonomy to get tasks done and her leadership style has taught me about the importance of trust and responsibility in the workplace. Outside of the office, she always goes out of her way to provide me with resources to succeed and achieve my future aspirations. I owe a lot of my college successes to Sherry Ebrahimi and wouldn’t be where I am without her help.
Describe something that you did at work that you are most proud of.
In 2018, I was one of the campus leads when we hosted the Special Olympics of Georgia at Emory. Preparing for and hosting this large conference was a challenging and daunting task, but with the help of the conference team we were able to host the Summer Games without a hitch. I am proud of the months of work I put into planning this event and seeing the Summer Games come to fruition was amazing!
What do you love most about your job?
What I love most about my job is the people. Not only do I get to meet stellar conference directors and participants, but I get to work with an amazing team of students and professionals inside the Department of Conference Services. The people in the department are very friendly and act as my second family. My colleagues are always there to support me and are as much friends as they are coworkers.
What do you like least about your job?
With over 60 conferences to plan and host each summer, it is often hard to keep track of every aspect of each group coming in. This challenge has made organization especially important, but the vast amount of information and itineraries needed can often be aggravated when communication with clients slows. Because of this, I would say my least favorite part about the job is handling clients who can be disorganized and difficult to get in touch with.