JORDAN: I’ve worked in real estate and sales. I did mortgages, real estate consulting, I also worked in B2B sales. What I like best about my job here is that I believe in what I’m doing. I like that I can go home and feel good about everything I did that day.
JENNY: I started off doing media events—it was fun and flashy; I met a lot of cool people. But I enjoyed the events part of media more than just radio and television. After that I went to Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, and I was the executor of events for meeting planners. That’s where a lot of my detail-oriented nature comes in. You have to schedule out every single move that you have to make. There were huge events—five to six thousand person conferences. I was in charge of supervising operations, or just making sure everything functioned the way it was supposed to. Then I worked with Cheekwood doing wedding planning. It was great, and there were lots of parts of it that I loved—plenty of details. With that kind of job, you do planning from A to Z and execution as well.
What I love about this job compared to my previous work is that there’s not one person who comes to our conferences who has been dreaming about this day for her entire life! So the pressure is reduced, but the events are bigger. For me, putting on conferences is not just a job; it has meaning and purpose. I feel valued and that the work I do is important and appreciated. It feels good to have support for what you do.
JORDAN: My worst day here was probably better than most of the regular days I had at some other jobs, just because this is something I’m passionate about. The only thing I could compare it to is if the Tennesse Titans were to give me a call tomorrow and say, “Hey Jordan, come on board!” …While I would love to further the movement of Titans nation, I think furthering the movement of recovery is much more noble.