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IAEE Member Spotlight on Cara Angeles, CMP, DES

Read our IAEE Member Spotlight on Cara Angeles, CMP, DES, of Lions Club International and member of the IAEE Midwestern Chapter!

Cara Angeles, CMP, DES, Lead Meeting Planner of Lions Club International

Hometown: Oak Brook
University of Education: DePaul University
How long have you been an IAEE member? 2 years
IAEE Chapter: Midwestern Chapter

How did you start your career in this industry?

My background is in the restaurant industry. I have a culinary degree and loved the organized chaos of it all. I went back to school for a BS in Hospitality from DePaul and through one of my internships I was recommended to my current manager at Lions Clubs International. My F&B background helped me dive into meetings and events.

How has IAEE shaped your career?

IAEE offers education and networking opportunities that have helped me grow in my role as a planner. I am two classes away from my CEM! The CEM is a fantastic certification program and I have been able to apply what I have learned to my own meetings. It is wonderful to be a part of a network of people who care as deeply for the industry as I do.

What advice would you give to a new member?

Reach out to your local chapter and participate on a committee! Meet the other members. There is so much to learn from each other.

Fun fact about you – What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

I am a twin! I have a twin brother who is two minutes younger than I am.

What do you like most about your chapter?

My chapter is active and passionate. The energy is contagious!

What would you say is the #1 IAEE member benefit?

Access to the CEIR research. The tools and research available during the pandemic have helped me navigate a path to safer in-person meetings.

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