Written by Christina Wicklund | Event Marketing Lead
At M&IW, we know our culture starts and ends with our extremely talented and dedicated team members who bring their experience, passion, and creativity to each and every client event. One of these amazing employees is Kristi Stephan, Senior Program Manager on our Global Operations team. In her role, she specializes in high-end incentive programs.
We sat down with Kristi to learn more about her career in the industry and current position with M&IW. During our chat, we discovered what she loves most about her position at M&IW is the ability to create unique and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our clients, winners and their guests. Especially the amazing memories for the individuals who have earned an invaluable trip as a part of a reward for their hard work and accomplishments. Kristi took a bit of time out of her busy travel schedule to give us additional insight into what she values, her journey and what makes her tick.
Q: What do you value most about M&IW and why?
What I value the most is our work family. Jean and Tina, as well as our leaders and peers, support all of us in our everyday work. More importantly, they value us as workers as well as people. I feel very blessed to be part of this amazing company.
Q: What’s the most interesting destination you’ve had a program at and why?
My favorite program destination is Dublin, Ireland. I feel the city of Dublin gives one the ability to experience the beauty of the countryside, the history of the city, and it offers incredibly unique evening event spaces. It’s the perfect trifecta of destinations.
Q: What is a weird experience you’ve had while working onsite?
Being chased by a monkey in Nevis while on my morning run. That was hands down the weirdest thing that I have ever experienced!
Q: Before working at M&IW, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
While in college, I attended Disney World’s College Program in Orlando, Florida. I was selected for this prestigious internship where I learned about Disney management as well as worked a full-time job at their Hollywood Studios Prime Time Café. It was an amazing learning experience.
Q: What is a quirky fact about you that not many know?
When entering college, I wanted to be a microbiology major and become a doctor.
Q: If you could go back in time and give yourself advice at 13, what would it be?
Life is short, enjoy the moment, and the people around you.
We want to thank Kristi for not only taking the time to share her passion and a little bit about herself; but also for being an M&IW Hospitality Hero. Information about joining our team can be found at www.meetings-incentives.com.