ILEA Member Spotlight featuring Lily Alpern, Special Event Coordinator for the Bullock Museum. Lily, tell us more about your history with ILEA and your role at the Bullock Museum!
We asked Lily;
- How long have you been in the events industry?
I started my career in 2012 booking events at music venues in downtown Austin. It was a great learning experience and an exciting job to land just after graduation, not to mention a fun working environment!
- What do you love most about your role at the Bullock Museum?
Aside from the fact that I get to come to work at such a beautiful place every morning, one of my favorite pastimes is watching visitors take photos under the iconic bronze star out on our plaza. But mainly, I love working with clients to help them bring their vision to life! We’re a museum first and a venue second, which means that we’re open to the public from 9am-5pm daily and are sometimes presented with unique challenges when it comes to setting up for an event. I love the creative process of problem solving and finding solutions to make their dream a reality.
- Why did you decide to join ILEA? When did you join ILEA?
I joined ILEA in the spring of 2015. I was in between fulltime jobs and trying to figure out my next move in the industry. Lucky for me, I met Stacey Hoyt and she introduced me to the wonderful network that is ILEA!
- What is the best part of being an ILEA member?
Do you ever have those days where you feel like no one understands you or what it is that you really do? Well ILEA members get it. I love the support, comradery and connections that come from being involved in ILEA, not to mention the fantastic educational opportunities that our chapter offers!
- Who / What is your dream client or event?
That’s a tough one! In this job, I get to meet and work with so many different types of people, but I especially love working with the clients who aren’t afraid to think outside the box and want to create a unique experience for their guests.
–What is your advice for staying calm, cool and collected during a particularly stressful event?
Knowing what you can and can’t control is really important, as is having a backup plan for the things you are able to anticipate. Ultimately, for me, it’s knowing that I’ve done the best job possible leading up to an event that helps me maintain confidence and composure. And in the case that something entirely unexpected has to be dealt with, it’s good to keep in mind that the situation is only temporary and load out starts at midnight ☺
Now for the fun questions!
- What do you love most about living in Austin?
The queso! Just kidding, but not really. I grew up here and I feel very privileged to be able to call myself an Austinite. I love the variety of food, music, and activities that the city has to offer- no matter what you’re in the mood for, there’s a place to match, and at the rate that we’re growing there is always a new spot to check out!
- What do you enjoy doing when you have time off?
I love playing in the kitchen and am always trying out new recipes! Lately, I’ve been working on my tiny garden and generally I try and be outdoors as much as possible- if I’m off work and it’s sunny, I usually grab my dog and head out to soak up some sun by the water.
- If you could have dinner with any 3 artists (dead or alive), who would they be?
Do authors count? Because I’d really like to have a drink with Ernest Hemmingway. Apart from that, I think a conversation with Dali would be fascinating, and I would sign all the NDA’s in the world to have dinner with Banksy.
- What is your dream vacation destination and why?
I’m an avid traveler, so this is the toughest question yet! I will never say no to a beach vacation and am eager to explore the Philippines and the South Pacific- hello Bora Bora! I also have my sights set on exploring Peru and Chile, so we’ll see which happens first.
As for the why, I love learning about diverse cultures and experiencing different ways of life, so I think it’s really important to shake up your perspective every now and then. Plus, I’m an adventurous eater and love trying new things!
Blog written by Martine Boursiquot-LaConte, Event Sales Director at Pershing.