This week’s HM Senior Spotlight, Heather Raymond (’18), #hartschool #hartstrong #jmu #HMseniorspotlight
I have experience in event venues, wedding planning, and nonprofit fundraising and events. In between my Freshman and Sophomore year, I interned with an event venue and did a lot of the behind the scenes stuff like moving chairs, setting up tables, and working with the different vendors coming to the venue. During the summer in between my sophomore and junior year, I interned with a wedding planner and florist. This entitled creating floral arrangements and décor for the wedding to assisting day-of and make the wedding a success with as little as hiccups as possible. Then I interned with a nonprofit in Harrisonburg and did two major fundraisers for them. For my 400-hour internship, I interned with another not-for-profit and did smaller events, proceeds nights, and volunteer engagement. Now, I am that particular not-for-profits Outreach and Engagement Coordinator which means working with the community for events or informational things and handling their social media.
After graduation I would love to work a nonprofit that works to counteract human trafficking, is a fair-trade organization, or an animal rescue. I eventually want to have a Director position within a nonprofit and looking into getting my MBA after working in the field for about 5 years. I am hoping to move to either NOVA, Colorado, or Arizona.
I have leadership experience through my internships and organizations on campus. My internships gave me a ton of responsibility and the ability to manage myself and others. I recently just executed my 417 event with 4 other ladies. The entire event planning process and execution requires a great deal of leadership for all team members from leading staff to working with Aramark and entertainment.
FAVORITE PART ABOUT HM:
The ability to transfer the information you learn to industries besides hotels or restaurants. I really like how I was able to transfer budgeting and event planning to hotel blocks and F&B to all of my internships and can transfer that into a career in nonprofits.