Michelle Dunnick, CPCE, 35, director of events and investor relations, United Way of Southeast Louisiana, New Orleans
Dunnick is one busy event pro.
Her day job as director of events and investor relations for United Way of Southeast Louisiana has her planning the association’s large-scale events as well as managing its auxiliary Women United. On top of that, she also serves as immediate past president of the New Orleans Chapter of NACE.
She believes her big dreams make her good at her job. “As a veteran event and logistics professional, I bring hospitality and inclusiveness everywhere I go, from creating profitable relationships to serving internal and external clients as well as serving a company with a mission that echoes this welcoming and inclusionary perspective,” she says. “My drive and dedication show up in many ways, including managing multiple projects at once, thriving off of change and deadlines, targeting and exceeding goals, as well as building community partnerships and relationships that pay off in many ways. I thrive in an environment where I can crush goals independently while working alongside team members and leaders who are passionate and charging towards their own goals, united in our mission as an organization.”
Her dream job: “To oversee a company’s social responsibility initiatives, as it marries my passion for nonprofits and events,” she says. “I would plan and support events that are making a systemic impact on the community that aligns with our initiatives. I’d want to incorporate and encourage initiatives such as diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as green initiatives, to all of my events.”