Jessica has been in the meetings and events industry for over 20 years and has been with DCTC as an instructor in the Meeting and Event Management program for over 10 years. She has her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) and remains active in the field working with clients and events all over the country.
Jessica has been planning trade shows and events for more than 20 years—everything from public art fairs to private, corporate banquets to large educational conferences to trade shows with thousands of exhibitors. While her expertise covers all aspects of event planning, she has a particular passion for trade shows. Jessica has often said that the rush of walking a crowded trade show floor is unbeatable.
Regarding her teaching philosophy, Jessica says, "While it is important to share my experiences and stories with my students, I also believe that students have a lot to learn from one another. Whether you've had 30 years of experience in event planning or are new to the industry all together, everyone has something to bring to the table." She considers a casual, relaxed and fun classroom environment to be the key to academic success.
Her passion for this industry is what continues to bring her back to the classroom each semester. She finds it fulfilling to have students from all walks of life and backgrounds join the program and start this new and exciting adventure in the world of meetings and events.
"Being able to identify my passion in life at such a young age was a rarity to begin with," she says. "Then being able to actively work within the industry was amazing. Finally, being able to share my passion with others and seeing their excitement as well is the greatest reward of all."