Hospitality & Event Management Alumni Perspectives #1

This is a series of mini-stories that will touch your heart, inspire you to action, and always make you smile.  Thanks to the amazing students and alumni of DCTC’s Hospitality and Event Management program for this 15-year collection!

Thank you, LeAnn!

Dakota County Technical College’s Meeting and Event Management Program, along with Rosealee Lee, has provided so many great opportunities and opened several doors for me. As a graduate of the then certificate only program, I couldn’t have asked for better education or experience going into this ever- expanding industry.

The education portion of the Meeting and Event Management industry is so new compared to the wide array of experienced professionals out there. My competition, both as an individual in the industry and as a business owner, come from those who have been in the industry, whether on purpose or by default of their job description, for more than 20-30 years! The education I’ve received gives me a different approach to the industry, in which I hope to provide a new perspective to my employers and clients.

Through hands-on activities, real-life experiences and opportunities, and plenty of role playing, Rosealee and the Meeting and Event Management program have been two of the best resources I have as an Event Planner and I’m thankful for the insight and experience they’ve both provided. I highly recommend the program for a current planner in the industry seeking a fresh or new approach or for anyone seeking a career change.

In Case You Forgot

CheckInEasy has done a good job of reminding us all about some forgotten essentials. Forgotten, perhaps, if you haven’t experienced the Event Management Certificate at DCTC.  Either way, it’s a great article that gives me ideas for a larger list.  Hmmm. . . I feel another article coming on.

Read 10 Forreminder_finger_string_3209gotten Essentials When Planning an Event.

Then, check out your future at the Hospitality and Event Management program!  Meet me on LinkedIn to find out more.

Real Learning YOUR Way

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DCTC Hospitality Programs meet you where you’re at and take service to a whole new level! Students can work completely online or combine online with in-person classes.

Flexible Learning at It’s Best!

You can choose to be completely online one week and only partially online next week. Students who live in other states or countries, are traveling, or just can’t make it to class, may work online completely. Or, you can reduce your computer screen time by participating in part-time “classroom” opportunities in the real world. This is learning at its best!

Get it Your Way — In the Real World

We make learning real! “Classroom” takes on a whole new meaning in DCTC’s hospitality courses. Thanks to industry partners, almost all of the optional “classroom” Saturdays are in the real world at venues and industry organizations. Students get behind-the-scenes tours and hear from industry professionals.

Here’s your list of fall ’16 semester courses with optional “classroom” dates and locations. THANK YOU, industry partners for helping to make learning real!

SMGT 1022 Leadership

1160 Fundamentals of Meeting, Conference, & Event Management

SMGT 1161 Advanced Meeting, Conference, & Event Management

SMGT 1162 Special Event Management & Coordination

SMGT 1166 Event Design: The Art of Wow

 

Chart your career path in Meeting and Event Management or Hospitality Lodging Management.

For more information about any of DCTC’s Hospitality Programs, contact Rosealee.Lee@dctc.edu or meet me on LinkedIn.

 

Courage Kenny Jr Wheelchair Softball World Series Needs YOU!

Courage Kenny Jr World Series Softball

2016 Jr. World Series Wheelchair Softball
Friday, August 5 – Saturday, August 6
Brooklyn Park, Northwoods Park
 *Current DCTC hospitality students may qualify to earn course assignment credit
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute will be hosting the tournament and needs volunteers to help provide a quality tournament for our youth.   To sign up and see the list of volunteer openings for individuals 16 years of age and older, please go to:
Dress is casual.   You may wear your own corporate t –shirt if you have one.  Otherwise, we will provide you with our Allina volunteer t–shirt to wear. Please come to volunteer or cheer on our highly competitive players!
*Current hospitality students: This can earn you more than a thank you and that warm fuzzy feeling — Please consult with Rosealee Lee about assignment credit for your first fall semester ’16 program course.

Change in Today’s NEW Marketplace: Turn Hope into Action

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We all need hope.

Hope is the food that feeds our spirit and our soul.  Without the sustenance of hope, we cannot even dream. We, our families, our communities, our world are in a state of flux . . . a transition period fraught with challenges AND opportunity.  That’s what change is all about.

Focus on hope for a moment.  Consider what you are hoping for in your business or career.  What are your personal hopes? Do you wonder what your life would look like if you got what you hope for?  Close your eyes and picture it for just a moment.  Dream it with me.  Now, let’s make it happen.  Let’s take that vision from hope to action.

There are only six steps to turn hope into action. The steps are easy to forget, and many of us stumble when it comes to some of the steps.  I stumble over #3 quite a bit. I’ll admit that I’ve gotten to the point of liking my “child”, but sometimes it’s difficult to let her out.  As you read this list, identify the items you believe you’ll stumble over and make plans to embrace them as part of your journey in turning hope into action.

  1. Strategic intelligence and intuition

The art of being strategic is to consider what could be.  It is to ask questions until there are no more questions to ask.  Yes, it is strategic intelligence AND strategic intuition.  Trust your gut.  Trust your inner voice.

  1. WHO are your stakeholders?

Make a list.  The chances are that list will include your family or community members, co-workers, employees, employers, and customers? Consider not simply what they do and their profession or how they act, but what their generation is as well.  That includes what they care about – their values, their dreams, and their hopes.

  1. Permission to play

Give everyone – yourself included, permission to play.  There is a child inside each of us.  Let them out, please.

  1. Imagination

What if we didn’t have rules? What if we could invent our future and our opportunities?

  1. Innovation and flexibility

I remind you of the child.  As a child, we probably all were asked to draw something and color it.  For most of us, one of those experiences was to draw a house.  So, we drew a house, we added some grass and probably some flowers and then we added the sky.  We probably included the sun.  And if we colored the sun, purple, our teacher would say, oh, no, the sun is never purple.  Well, what if the sun was purple.  From an early age, we are taught to conform . . . to cease imagining what might be and only imagine what society and the rules say should be.  So, if in your heart, your sun is purple, then color it purple!

  1. Connection

It is a worldwide truth that relationships are built on connections.  It is when we get outside of our silo or our sandbox and connect with others that we find like-minded people with other, perhaps weird ideas.  Who knows, you may even find someone who believes the sun should be purple. People find partners when connections happen.  Together they create hope.  Sometimes it’s as simple as sharing a cup of coffee or a drink.  Sometimes it occurs in a public restroom.  (Not kidding; I recently got a new consulting client at a baseball game in a ladies room waiting line.) You never know where an opportunity for growth and change will occur.

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And above all, give everyone time to connect with the change, and with each other.

 

 

A note from Rosealee: We are part of a global economy, and none of us is exempt from the web of international business. This is the second in a series of articles that originate from a keynote address on hope, opportunity, challenge, and change I was recently honored to present at an international business conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

DCTC Hospitality Reunion and Semester Kick-off School Lunchbox Potluck

Alumni, students, and champions of the DCTC hospitality programs, please join us! Want to know more about being a student? This is a great place to find out!fall semester kick off 2016 invitation

August 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Rosealee’s condo
3600 Wooddale Ave So, St Louis Park MN

RSVP via text to 952-454-1138 w name, /# of people and what you’re bringing. If you’d like to see it in your lunchbox, bring it to share. Rosealee is providing walking pizza, walking taco, and juice box, soda.

 

Visit us on FaceBook and LinkedIn to keep the conversation going!  Get complete DCTC Hospitality Program info here: Meeting and Event ManagementHospitality Lodging ManagementSpa and Resort Management