Today, Tes talks with Jen Kramer. Jen is a graduate of Purdue University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism management. Jen has spent more than 25 years in the private sector working for Fortune 500 companies and in the public sector, coordinating large-scale events for the Mayor’s Office of Special Events – working on the Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Marathon, and the White Sox and Blackhawk ticker-tape parades to name a few.
Jen was most recently the Director of Operations for both Chicago Ideas and the WNDR Museum, located in Chicago’s West Loop. Additionally, Jen was the Director of University Events at DePaul University and the Director of Special Events at Navy Pier, tasked with re-imagining the Pier’s entertainment appeal as part of the largest redesign since Navy Pier’s re-opening in 1995.
Jen additionally teaches coursework on Special Events as an adjunct professor at DePaul University. Jen is the past president and largest personal fundraiser of Special Olympics Chicago, a board she’s served on since 2002. She grew up in a family where service above self was taught at a very young age, and looks for ongoing ways to make a difference in her community, and in Chicago.
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