Please join us in welcoming our newest staff member, Katie Wolfe, ICA Manager of Conference Services! Katie has a certification in Exhibition Management and comes from a background with experience in conference management. In the March 2017 issue of the ICA Newsletter, Student Board Member Tamar Lazar (U of Haifa) wrote an article interviewing each staff member. Following the same questionnaire template, I have interviewed Katie, so that everyone can get to know her as well.
1. Tell us about yourself:
I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from The Pennsylvania State U with a degree in Meteorology. How did I get from Meteorology to here? I met my husband, Dan, at Penn State my senior year and life took off from there. We relocated to the DC area in 2008. Coming from State College, PA we weren’t sure how we would like the city life, but we fell in love with this area. We have two dogs, McBain and Zula both are German Shepard mixes we adopted from a local shelter. We love to travel, we have been all over the world from Australia to Barcelona and our most recent trip, we drove from DC to Yellowstone National Park. Before coming to ICA I worked at the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association for 10 years. I managed over 550 exhibitors as well as assisted with organizing their annual trade show, which was one of the top 100 trade shows in the USA. I decided it was time for a change and found this opportunity with ICA and I am excited to be apart of this amazing team. When I am not traveling or hanging out with my dogs, you can find me cheering on the Steelers American football team, the Penn State Nittany Lions, or baking up a new recipe!
2. What is your position within ICA?
I am the Manager of Conference Services and I have been with ICA for one month. My main responsibilities include overseeing conference exhibitors, advertisements, sponsorships, and awards.
3. What is your main challenge right now?
I have the benefit of having worked for an association before coming to ICA, so I know how beneficial for the industry they can be. Now I have the challenge of learning the association and all the different Divisions and Interest Groups ICA has to offer.
4. What would you like to say to our members?
I would say use the association and all the benefits it has to offer. Especially by attending the annual conference. Conferences are a great place to learn and network with colleagues. I look forward to meeting a lot of you in May!