Stephanie Bias is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Event Management at Iowa State University. Stephanie chose to pursue a career in events because she observed various opportunities for personal and professional growth in this diverse, competitive industry. Stephanie is specifically interested in the design of exhibitions, weddings and food festivals.
“I like that the execution of an event requires the balance of many different facets such as marketing, project management, vendor relations, human resource management and event design,” Stephanie explained. “I know that this career will challenge me to explore my different interests and refine my skills.”
Stephanie has always believed that events are catalysts for change. She first became interested in event planning when she designed an award show in high school for the yearbook’s superlative winners. After her idea was approved, she was given the opportunity to design and direct the show. Even after Stephanie’s graduation in 2016, the award show remains a highly-anticipated annual school tradition.
While Stephanie has designed various events, her interest in exhibitions was sparked by a recent opportunity to work at a bridal exhibition in Des Moines, Iowa.
“This was my first industry experience with exhibitions and I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with vendors and directing guests,” Stephanie said. “I observed that both suppliers and consumers left the exhibition with new industry contacts, sales, services, and ideas.”
Stephanie’s interests in events also translates to her academic pursuits, and she is enrolled in the University’s Honors Program where she conducts research on vegan food festivals. She also serves as the President of the Ethical Eating Club, and her responsibilities include organizing bi-monthly meetings, fundraising events, and activism opportunities.
Stephanie will graduate in May of 2020 from Iowa State University. After graduation, Stephanie plans to pursue a career in bridal exhibitions, and in the future, hopes to launch an event venue business with her family. Stephanie is also interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in either Project Management or Business Administration.
“It’s human nature to celebrate, and I love that events bring people together in such a special way,” Stephanie said. “I am excited to enter this fast-paced industry, and I would like to thank IAEE for supporting my academic pursuits with this fantastic scholarship opportunity.”
Danielle is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Event Management with minors in Business and Journalism at Iowa State University. Once Danielle learned about the career possibility of being an Event Planner, she knew it was the perfect fit for her. She has always been a well-organized person who loves to use her creative and time management skills.
At Iowa State, Danielle is a member of the Event Management Club on campus as the Fundraising Chair. She is also on the committee responsible for planning the first Event Management Industry Meet and Greet for all students interested in being connected to employers in that industry. Danielle is a member of the Winterfest Executive Team as the Event Coordinator. She and the other committee members plan one of the largest events on campus: a free, family-friendly holiday celebration the Friday before dead week in the fall semester.
Other organizations Danielle is a part of include ISU’s Dance Marathon for the Children’s Miracle Network and a college ministry group called Kairos. She has found ways within both of those organizations to use her event planning skills and help prepare herself for the future as she also makes a difference for others in her community.
During the spring 2019 semester, Danielle had an internship at the Boone County Chamber of Commerce where she was able to get some real first-hand event experience. From local community events to advertising for the local tourism, Danielle was a great addition to the chamber. She broadened her skill set and was able to stay on part-time over the summer. This fall she will be working as an intern for Iowa State’s Athletic Department in the Events Department. Danielle will help with game-day set-up, operations, and tear-down for all of the Cyclone’s home football games.
After Danielle graduates in December of 2021, she hopes to pursue a career in either the sports and entertainment or the non-profit side of the events industry. “I hope I am able to make a difference wherever I end up with the events I am able to help put together. Helen Brett is a great role model as a young woman starting her career. I feel so honored to have received this scholarship award in her name.”