Q & A with Kate Pojeta, conventions and exhibitions manager, Event Garde
Q: What are you looking most forward to in your role with EG?
A: Event Garde has some amazing clients and I’m excited to be on the team to help conventions succeed. Conference planning was a part of my work experience for years, and then I took a little hiatus from it. I missed it, yet was able to work with some of my clients on small bits and pieces of their conferences. Now in the role of conventions and exhibitions manager, I’m looking forward to being involved in the full process and experience again.
Q: Give us one little known fact about you.
A: I earned my degree in deaf education from Michigan State University but never used it, as I was working in the association industry at the time. However, I have spent years teaching “Baby Signs” to families around Michigan, and I am an instructor for American Sign Language through Michigan Virtual University.
Q: Which season represents you best, and why?
A: Fall! It’s cozy (hot cider anyone?) and I love being cozy, and because it’s such a variety of colors. Fall speaks to the variety of skill sets I’ve acquired through some unique careers and job opportunities throughout the years.
Q: If you could spend the day with a famous person, who would it be, and why?
A: I’m going to extend the question to include “living or deceased” and pick Franklin D. Roosevelt. He would be incredibly interesting to converse with about the many political and societal changes he made while in office. I find his life work, and that of his wife, inspiring. Our third son was born with a birth defect that resulted in partial paralysis of his lower legs and overall weakness in the lower half of his body, so I would love to learn more from FDR about his experiences and struggles living with considerable physical challenges, especially given the demands of being president.
Q: It’s a Friday night…what would we find you doing?
A: My husband and I have four kids, 6 years and under, so Friday nights are often spent at home! We’re exhausted from the week and usually have busy weekends. Friday nights we try to lay low so you would probably find our family watching a movie and snacking on popcorn until the kids go to bed. Then, depending on our own level of sleepiness, we might attempt housecleaning or some end-of-the-week work or we might just stay on the couch and relax until we fall asleep or one of the kids wakes back up!