Category Archives: mentoring

Meet our backers! Lauren Chumbley + Kristi DePew – Eclipse Event Co

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Today, we spoke to two of our fantastic backers – Lauren Chumbley and Kristi DePew, co-owners of Eclipse Event Co, based in Austin, Texas.

By believing in The Apprentice Program, Lauren and Kristi are helping us make history and revolutionizing the events industry. Read our Intern Manifesto and stand strong with us: MENTORS and INTERNS, you both deserve better!

With over 15 years combined experience in the events industry, Lauren and Kristi plan events around their three pillars of excellence:

Honesty, Creativity and Resourcefulness 

Lauren has been a member of the International Special Events Society, where she served on the Austin board for two years, while Kristi is currently a member of the Austin chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) and has just accepted a position on the board as the Fundraising Chair for 2016.

Check out their insider tips for making it big in the events industry, how their first year in business went and the biggest reason they supported The Apprentice Program’s Kickstarter campaign!

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Lauren Chumbley (left), Kristi DePew (right) – Eclipse Event Co, Austin, TX

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Our Intern Manifesto.

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We are on a superhero mission to STOP horrible internships.

In order to do this, both mentors and interns must take a stand to work together and join us in this revolution.

We have a duty to reshape how internship programs are administered by businesses and alter how interns are recognized and valued by the outside world.

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We want to STOP the exploitation of interns, for good.

Together, we aim to succeed in this mission and in order to make this happen, we believe the following core values must be held true:


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The importance of being a mentor

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Mentors come in all shapes and sizes.

To explain the different types of mentors, as well as helping you decide which type YOU want to be, I’m going to use the story of The Lion King.

[For those who haven’t seen it: the story goes that Simba (baby lion cub) is cast out of the pride by his evil uncle (Scar), then gets looked after by a fun-loving meerkat and warthog duo (Timon and Pumbaa) and Simba has an incredible bond with his loving father (Mufasa)].

In life, you might get the fun Timon and Pumbaa double act, a wise Rafiki or you might hit the jackpot and get a Mufasa. Like Simba, we tend to have different mentors at different points of our lives. Some come and go while others might stay around forever.

But we always need one.

 

And we should always mentor others, too. Both mentor and mentee have a lot to gain from each other. If a balance is kept, then things go well and flow naturally – it’s the circle of life! {CUE THE MUSIC!} But if the mentor/mentee relationship is bad, things can go wrong for everyone.

Here are some examples from my own life to show you why your relationship with your own mentors and mentees have a huge impact on your business…

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4 mistakes to avoid when training your interns

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Today, we’re sharing some of the most common mistakes made when taking on interns.

These apply to any industry, but we know from experience and research that event planners worry about the time and effort it takes to train an intern and the stress and risks that come with bringing interns into your firm.

We’ve made it our mission to end bad internships for both interns AND mentors so keep reading to find out how to make internships work for you.

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Mary’s #TSE2016 recap – You are NOT Alone.

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($3730 pledged, 37% funded, 42 backers, 23 days to go! kickstart a superhero)

Hello fellow #eventprofs and colleagues!

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As always, it’s such a pleasure to work with each and every one of you…can I just say, we work in one of the most amazing industries, creating live events and one-of-a-kind experiences for clients all over the world?

How lucky are we that every week, we get to work with people like you who are creative, dynamic and always ever-evolving every step of the way  – can I  get an AMEN from the back row?!

I had the pleasure of speaking three times at The Special Event Show conference in Orlando, FL (aka. #TSE2016) last week, each time to a room of about 150-200 people.

Here were my topics:

Design and Plan Differently for the Non-Traditional Bride
supported by CMP, ISES, WIPA:

The Binder is Broken: #eventtech will Fix It
supported by CMP:

Superhero Sales Strategies to Book More Brides
supported by WIPA, CMP:

If you missed any of my talks, please feel free to email me and I’ll be happy to share my slides with you.  Just fill out this contact form below:
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