2016 40 Under 40: Christy Poppy

By Connect Staff, March 16, 2016

Christy PoppyChristy Poppy
30, Senior Conference Manager
Washington, D.C.

What I do: “I managed the professional trade conferences for ARA. We have more than 20,000 members and four industry associations that include every type of pension professional. I plan and manage annual conferences and conventions for our four member associations as well.”

What I really do: “I am a professional cat herder in a nonstop, three-ring circus. I love it!”

How she got here: Poppy began her career at Walt Disney Resort in special event services and was selected to the internship program put on by Disney and Rosen College of Hospitality Management. After graduating, she moved to the D.C. event market and worked with Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions before joining ARA.

Superstar stats: While at MCSF, Poppy helped create and grow the events department from
19 fundraising events yielding about $8 million to more than 35 events raising more than $10 million annually in only three years.

Next-working: “Most of my friends are in the industry. We help each other—attending events, acting as seat fillers, making centerpieces, etc.”

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