Blending a Career in Conference Management with a Passion for Genealogy
Family History Research is about more than names, dates, and places. It is about people -- who lived amazingly interesting lives. Some are a bit elusive and more difficult to find. Others left breadcrumbs for us to pick up along the research path. Today's technology makes finding those breadcrumbs, as well as the more elusive ancestors, so much easier than ever before, but a real genealogist isn't satisfied with what they can find online; they must dig deeper and deeper, get their hands on their original documents, smell them, enjoy them, and feel the history emanate from them. The key to accuracy along this path of discovery lies in the ability to accurately gather, correlate, and analyze the information. Unlike success in some endeavors, a big genealogical find or well written conclusion doesn't seem to quench the thirst; rather it serves to fuel the desire to keep digging along the path. Like reading a good mystery novel, you just can't put it down.
Conference Management, like family history research, requires one to constantly keep your eye on the big picture while also managing hundreds of little details. You are driven by the desire to make sure every detail is well orchestrated, no issue, no matter how small, is missed, and to always leave a program just a little better than it was the year before. Meeting planners use technology to develop, design, communicate, manage, and provide information to suppliers, advisory committees, and participants. But as with family history research, technology doesn't provide or even define the end product; rather it becomes the tool upon which the strive toward excellence begins.
Peg Ivanyo has over twenty years experience managing programs for business, government, academia, and non-profit organizations. She has also provided consulting and training services to small to medium size colleges and universities' continuing education and conference/event planning units.
With a passion for family history research, she has naturally found herself deeply immersed in the genealogy industry over the past several years. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA), Director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and local family history consultant.
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