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Ep 079 – Career Growth & Education Options in Events with Kristin Malek PhD

For those looking to enter the Events industry, or get ahead in it, you’re in the right place! Guest on the podcast today is Kristin Malek, PhD, CMP, CED, DES, CHE!!

Kristin is an Event Management Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor in the Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourism Management program at the University of Nebraska. She worked in the hospitality industry for over 10 years before joining academe and still remains active with industry groups and consulting. She teaches and researches in the area of meetings and events with a focus on engagement, co-creation, and ROI. Kristin has been named as a Top 20 Meeting Industry Trendsetter by Meetings Today Magazine and has been recognized as an Emerging Leader of the Year by PCMA.

In this episode, Kristin explains each of the designations she has achieved in her career, and gives guidance to those researching and doing their homework on which ones to pursue.

  • Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)
  • Certified Event Designer (CED)
  • Digital Event Strategist (DES)
  • Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE)

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LinkedIn: Kristin Malek

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About the author, Jim

Jim Cermak has over 30 years of exhibiting, planning and working trade shows. As a Professional Trainer, he helps companies transform their results at trade shows, expos, events and conferences.

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