Kira Wisniewski, CMP, 33, works in Baltimore as director of operations at National Women’s Studies Association. As a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree, Wisniewski discusses her passion for the events industry.
What I do: The National Women’s Studies Association is the professional membership academic association for the field of women and gender studies. In my role as director of operations, I oversee all meeting planning and logistics, membership, accounting, human resources and day-to-day office operations. Each November, the NWSA annual conference has 2,000 attendees with nearly 30 concurrent breakout sessions over three days and a smaller preconference. I oversee everything from site proposals, site selection, contract execution, scheduling, third-party vendors, audiovisual setup, accessibility, registration, volunteer training and more. I also manage all details and logistics for several smaller meetings throughout the year.
How I got here: I came to NWSA fresh off the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Committee that naturally came to an end. I was looking for a new opportunity and found that NWSA had the perfect position for my interests and skill set.
My greatest career accomplishment: I handled all logistics from point of proposal to contract to execution for the association’s first two conferences not held in the continental U.S.