Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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Professional Summary

Results oriented event management professional who contributes to the organization’s business objectives and event initiatives. Possesses the ability to leverage exceptional program planning and development of

engaging and successful meetings and events that exceed client expectations. Offers experience in meeting and event planning through strong negotiation skills, program budgeting and development, event implementation, and has a superior understanding of customers’ needs. Exceptional communicator with a keen ability to assess clients’ requirements.

  • Meeting and Event Planning
  • Vendor and Contract Negotiations
  • Budget Administration
  • Team Leadership
  • Problem Resolution
  • Event Production & Management
  • Project and Process Management
  • Client Needs Assessment & RFPs
  • Relationship Development
  • Effective Communication
Work History
Assistant Director / Senior Event Planner, 08/2016 to 08/2020
Emerald ExpositionsHasbrouck Heights, NJ,

Annually planned and managed over 150 meetings, conferences, educational symposia, galas, and special events for leadership, divisions, departments, colleges, and external clients on GW campuses.

  • Effectively assumed managerial position to lead a team of event professionals to implement and execute all events successfully and seamlessly.
  • Continuously played a key role in high-profile events to include: Commencement, Inaugural Ball, Colonials Weekend, University President’s Annual Fourth of July VIP Celebration, Board of Trustees events and meetings, Obama Foundation Scholars, Pete for America Fundraiser, George Talks Business with Mark Lerner, Politics & Prose, various international programs with Ambassadors, Heads of State, etc.
  • Advised clients on venues, room layouts, audio/visual services, catering, event design, security, travel, and entertainment to achieve successful event outcomes.
  • Served as principal liaison between contractors, caterers, administrators, faculty, and staff with regards to all facets of logistical operations and support of programs and events.
  • Led event staff and managed onsite logistics, to include problem-solving, direct event set-up, communicate with stakeholders, organize vendors, security, media outlets, and oversee takedown.
  • Scheduled and maintained extensive events calendar. Assisted with event contracts.
  • Prepared and submitted post-event evaluation reports and offered recommendations to improve provided services and event quality.
Special Events Consultant, 08/2008 to 08/2016
Maliha MirzaCity, STATE,

Contractual consultant specializing in event planning and project management. Coordinated and delivered all aspects of event production including, venue scouting, audio/visual, food and beverage,

transportation, lodging, entertainment, and program development.

  • Executed event details to include: request for proposal (RFPs), liaising with vendors, facilitators, and participants, venue selection, contract negotiations, run of show, food and beverage, audio/visual, transportation, lodging, entertainment, registration, onsite support and management.
  • Developed and maintained budgets and invoicing. Reconciled all vendor accounts.
Conference Coordinator, 02/1993 to 06/1996
The World Bank GroupCity, STATE,

Provided event administration for the Conference and Capacity Development Program activities, including seminars, symposiums, and training courses for Bank employees and regional offices.

  • Served as focal point and worked closely with all units and offices of the diplomatic community, external partners, stakeholders, NGOs, and academic institutions.
  • Coordinated all event functions, including site selection, scheduling, vendor contracts, marketing, travel, room blocks, materials, event management and follow-up.
  • Managed events calendar and registered attendees and processed event participation fees.
  • Booked talent and confirmed speaker fees, travel, and program development.
  • Worked with Training Officer to ensure events were delivered on time and within budget.
  • Prepared event evaluations and performance reports according to the Bank’s guidelines and standards.
Events and Catering Associate, 03/1992 to 12/1992
The Ritz CarltonCity, STATE,
  • Coordinated and managed special events; supervised the overall operations of the Catering Department.
  • Assisted catering clients and meeting planners with event requests and administered contracts.
  • Prepared budget proposals, event billing, and handled financial reconciliation.
  • Tracked and maintained client database for events management.
  • Provided administrative support for Director of Catering and managers.
Bachelor of Arts: Communications, Expected in
George Mason University - Fairfax, VA
: Education, Expected in
George Washington University, The - Washington, DC

Completed several graduate level courses in Educational Leadership

Additional Information

Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Ungerboeck Software, Visio, Social Tables

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