Sadie Agurkis, CMP, 38, works in Seattle as Education and Training Manager at Northwest Regional Primary Care Association. As a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree, Agurkis discusses her passion for the events industry.
What I do: I lead the development, implementation, coordination and production of all NWRPCA conferences and training events, both in-person and distance-based. I assume responsibility for ensuring all NWRPCA education and training programs meet high standards of quality for both content and logistics; manage our overall education and training administration, budget, marketing and communication, and strategic plan; and collaborate with regional and national partners.
How I got here: This year marks two decades of service to the hospitality industry. You name it, I have planned it: promotional events, fairs, meet and greets, parades, parties, weddings, trainings, conferences and trade shows. I have spent most of my time in hospitality sales or event management, with many years as a Microsoft event manager before landing at NWRPCA seven years ago.
My greatest career accomplishment: Each time I plan an event it feels like an accomplishment, which is why I love being a planner so much! Two of my greatest career accomplishments have been planning the Women’s Day event at Microsoft that brought together 2,000 women and the Adoption Fair at Microsoft for employees.