Alexis Ostrowski was the Co-Chair for PEO-SC 2018 at Ryerson University. One of four ESSCO Conferences hosted annually. Alexis aided in hosting over 80 engineering student delegates from across Ontario. The interview below was conducted by Jeffrey Lee the VP- Communications for 2017-2018. The goal of interview was to outline the experience of being a Co-Chair for a large conference.
2. What was the aftermath?
I talked to multiple delegates and it was really comforting to hear they enjoyed the conference. It was exciting to hear that they were going to take what they learned back to the their own schools. It made me realize all the work we put into making the conference happen in the end hearing all the delegates say how good the conference was -- makes me want to do it again.
3. How was your team?
All members of my team were vital. Managing a team helped me with my time management, how to manage, how to communicate professionally and be an effective leader.
4. Value of networking you gained?
I met several people it was amazing to see how connect engineering was. I met two PEO representatives that made an impact on me Tracey and Sami. There guidance and help was crucial in helping my conference a successful one. I also got to meet all the delegates! I got to hear all their experiences and it was awesome to see where they all came from just to come to our conference.
5. Future goals after being Co-Chair of PEO-SC?
In the future I planed to get more involved. I feel like being a Co-Chair enticed me to really get out there more. I plan for running for RESS (Ryerson Engineering Student Society) starting small and working my way up. I also hope to someday run another conference! Being chair really taught me how to be professional and potential I have.
6. Anything you wish you had known or done better?
I wish I had a little bit more background in obtaining sponsors it was a steep learning curve understanding how to get sponsors in the right places. I also hoped there was more communication between my team and I sometimes I felt we were disconnected but when it came down to getting stuff done all my team members were effective.
7. Some highlights?
I think watching all the work we put in unfold in front of us was something really unique to running a conference. Even though some things didn’t turn out as planned, everything worked out in the end. The amazing delegates helped to make the conference that much better, and the biggest highlight for me was knowing they had a wonderful time.
The amazing delegates helped make the conference that much better, seeing these delegates interact with one another and knowing they would not have had this opportunity otherwise.
It was also cool to see the work you put into it you see it unfold in front of you I think that is something unique to running a conference.`
8. Tips for Co-Chairs in general?
By Jeffrey Lee
VP Communications of ESSCO 2017-2018
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