Meet our people : Cecilia Golombek of AJC
I’m Cecilia Golombek and have been working in non-profit events and program management for 14 years. I currently work in the National Events Department of AJC, where I oversee the event websites, registration processes, communication, and on-site check-in for our annual conference as well as anniversary missions and Board of Governors meetings. Since joining the organization, I have broadened my role to incorporate data mining and analysis, finding and creating new opportunities to engage with and learn from our attendees.
Q. What do you love about event tech?
A. Event tech has opened my eyes and expanded my professional experience to totally new and exciting new ways to work! I am a connector, always thinking of ways to link people together and through event tech I can show the ways that our meetings and conferences are connecting people from around the world to our mission and work.
Q. How can women make an impact in the event tech space?
A. Tech is still predominantly a male-run field, while women comprise most of the events world. Women have an opportunity to upset that dynamic and bring their longstanding experience and understanding to improve and grow the tech offerings. As highly qualified voices from this field, women in event tech are wildly important to the future and expansion of this industry.
Q. What are some of your personal favourite tools/brands/products/biz?
A. For professional as well as personal planning, I couldn’t get very far without the collaborative work done through Google Suite. I love Slack and Asana for a quick and organized (and free!) way to communicate and plan with a large group.
Q. Who do you most admire in event tech?
I know Sonia through our work at Maker Faire an incredible event that showcases people who make amazing things, big and small! She started her own events company focusing on creating, producing, and executing tech-focused events and projects. I learn something from Sonia every time we interact.
Aryn and I met through my work at AJC, her company is our annual event’s brand manager and event producer. She runs her own events production company that is focused on making sure that your organization’s wildest ideas become reality. Aryn is a collector of ideas and good people and she gathers these amazing teams to grow her business and improve your own visions of what can be done.
Q. What's your one piece of advice to other women in event tech?
A. Speak up and show your passion! If you have an idea of how to improve a system, make sure that it’s heard. Make sure that people around you know what you do and what you’re interested in – it’s the best way to ensure that they’ll come to you when something surrounding that topic comes up and also to get yourself invited to the meetings.