CL: What events have you organized in the last 18 months?
MVF: Charlotte StartUp Weekend, currently working on BarCampCLT
CL: The name of Jim's startup:
MVF: LaunchPad Code Academy
CL: How many events have you organized, and how long have you been at it?
MVF: Charlotte StartUp Weekend for three events; I've volunteered with Ignite Charlotte for three events and BarcampCLT for two events
CL: What is the No. 1 thing that makes you so awesome?
MVF: It's hard to narrow it down. Probably the company I keep.
CL: Where did you get the idea to begin organizing?
MVF: When I decided to leave my job to stay home with my son JJ, I didn't feel like I would be fulfilled doing baby stuff all day. So I looked around for volunteer opportunities in Charlotte with organizations and events that interested me. My husband had been a co-organizer of CSW before that, and I loved the energy surrounding the event. I also knew that they needed help with the little details, which is one of my strengths, so I saw it as a natural fit. My role has grown each year.
CL: What's the biggest lesson you've learned through organizing?
MVF: It's important not to force a fit between you and an event/organization. Consider what you're passionate about, and look for organizations involved in those areas. You're likely to be more motivated to help out and follow through.
CL: What is the one piece of tech you couldn't live without?
MVF: My iPhone. I use it for everything. Every crack in the glass has a story (the story usually ends with, "...and then JJ threw my phone.") Also, power strips.