We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Susan Wynne!
Position: Participant Support Coordinator (Coach), Susan G. Komen 3-Day®
Start Year: 2009
(Susan is on the right)
What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? I was staying at home with my kids, and was a full-time volunteer with some local organizations.
Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? I walked my first Komen 3-Day in 2007. Shortly after that, I received an email about working for the 3-Day that was sent out to participants. I couldn’t imagine a better job in the world! I wasn’t prepared to look for a job at that time, but updated my resume, and starting trolling the 3-Day website the following year. Once I saw the jobs posted, I immediately applied. The rest is history!
If you weren’t working at Event 360 what would you be doing? I would probably still be volunteering with the organizations I worked with, or possibly working back in Human Resources which is what I did in my previous life.
Favorite part of your job? I feel like the luckiest person in the world, because it’s hard for me to pick just one favorite thing. I truly love working with participants, and seeing them reach success. I am inspired every day by their stories and their passion. At the same time, I love collaborating with my co-workers, who also inspire me! I get to work with and support some of the most passionate people in the world!
What do you like to do in your free time? I spend most of my free time going to my kids sporting events, I also love to read and spend time with friends.
Most memorable event experience? I have two that come to mind. One as a participant, and one as a staff member. When I walked my first 3-Day in 2007, I was passing through a cheering station. At the end of the group, there was a little girl with a poster that said “Thank you for walking because my mom can’t.” Following that was the mom’s picture with the dates that she lived. This struck me so hard because I was walking for my friend who left behind two little girls. That image is forever in my mind.
My second experience happened just last year. I got a phone call from a wonderful gentleman who had lost his wife the year before. We spoke for quite a while. He registered, and then got super involved by going to meetings and training walks. Everyone loved him. When I saw him at the Opening Ceremony, we talked for a bit before he went on stage to participate. I told him how happy and proud I was to see him there. He gave me a hug, and told me that the call he made to register was one of the hardest things he had ever done, but he was so grateful he did. Those are the moments that make me realize this job matters, and is making a difference in people’s lives, even when you may not realize it.
You’re showing off your hometown to a friend who has never been to visit before. What’s on your must see/do/eat list? I’m a vegetarian, but I can’t have a visitor come to town and not take them to eat some good, Southern BBQ. There are a couple of great places that have great character. I’d definitely want them to see Piedmont Park, the Coca-Cola Museum, and maybe take in a Braves game.
On event, what three things are we guaranteed to find in your bag? About 10 chap sticks, Kind bars and a notebook.
One word to describe Event 360? Passionate