Jason R. Stewart , 29, works in Minneapolis as youth engagement and events manager for National Youth Leadership Council. As a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree, Stewart discusses his passion for the events industry.
What I do: I manage NYLC’s events, including the National Service-Learning Conference and National Youth Leadership Training, by negotiating contracts, securing speakers and vendors, and coordinating logistics. I develop events from concept to execution that engage both youth and adult audiences. I collaborate with NYLC’s Youth Advisory Council to produce the most impactful events possible.
How I got here: As a student I had the opportunity to attend various leadership development conferences and was looking for an opportunity to give back and provide those same types of events to today’s students. I was hired as conference and events coordinator in 2011 and then promoted to conference and events planner in 2014. In 2016, I took on my current role, which combined my love for planning events with managing NYLC’s Youth Advisory Council.
My greatest career accomplishment: In 2013, I managed the logistics for a 16-day event at the Presidio of San Francisco for 75 youth and 25 adults from around the country. A month before the event I found out the building we would be sleeping in had not finished renovations. So I was charged with finding cots to sleep on, finding a caterer to handle all of the meals, developing a plan for students to shower each day and ensuring we had adequate meeting space for trainings and activities. The event went off without a hitch and has thus far been my favorite event I’ve managed.