As the Event Account Coordinator at Tigris, Joanna is responsible for managing the recruiting department, as well as planning smaller events that come in while supporting our event management team. Joanna has worked as a brand ambassador for Tigris for over 2 years and was recently promoted to an Event Account Coordinator in October 2016. Our team admires her big heart, passion, and eagerness to help within the office.
Learn more about Joanna, our Event Account Coordinator, and you’ll quickly realize why we adore our newest team member!
For me, my journey began as a Tigris event staff. I found out about the position through Nicole (Marketing and Sales Manager) and decided since I wanted to get into marketing, this would be a great start. For the next two years, I continued working events. In 2016, a Tigris office job opportunity came up. I always knew I wanted to work with clients in this type of environment and thought I’d give it a chance. Three interviews later and here I am!
What motivates you to get up and do a great job every day?
First, motivation for me comes from looking at where I’ve been and where I want to be. When I first came to Canada, there was no stability. I watched my parents work hard for themselves and for me. Therefore I took the ability and dedication my parents had and used it to remind myself every day that success comes with hard work and passion. Secondly, what really motivates me is having a job I love. Some people force themselves out of bed every morning to go to a job they don’t enjoy for the sake of making a living. I work at a job I love (as an Event Account Coodinator), with a hard working team of women that I love and that’s what gets me up and going.
Hard question for sure! There are so many places I’d love to visit. I think at the top of my list is Iceland. It looks amazing and beautiful. Additionally, it is considered to be one of the happiest places on earth. There is just so much to see: geysers, whale watching, mountains, ice caves, the list goes on. The connection with nature would be unbelievable there.
What makes my life rewarding is family and good friends and going to bed at night knowing I did something that day to make my life better. There’s so much that makes life hard, but I believe that you can come out feeling rewarded and happy with your life if you have a great support system. I also believe that if you come out of each day having learned something new, having done something to make yourself better or done something that makes you smile and be happy then you are living a rewarding life.
Oh, definitely not! I had typical child dreams. First, I wanted to be an astronaut. Even at a young age, I loved space. I also wanted to be a veterinarian. Then I realized I’d also be putting animals down, not just saving them and that was too much for my young mind to understand. When I finally finished high school, I knew I wanted to go to university for history and English and become a teacher. 4 years later, as I am about to apply for teacher’s college, my friend mentioned marketing. Something for me clicked and I threw my teacher’s college application in the trash.
My ideal weekend would involve a cottage, my boyfriend and a bottle of wine paired with a lifetime supply of cheese. I am a city girl, but it can get overwhelming sometimes. I would love to get away from the noise, look up at a sky full of stars and just feel connected to the world around me.
If You Could Live In A Book, TV Show Or Movie, What Would It Be?
This is a hard question simply because I love all three, watch too many movies and TV shows and read too many books. Well, I’d like to live in a supernatural show for sure. Judge me all you want but I love the show Vampire Diaries. It is a guilty pleasure. I mean, I would love to be a vampire, have super speed, live forever, have superior hearing and be stronger than any human. Plus, life would always be exciting with all the villains. In addition, you can be friends with witches who can teleport you from work to home and who wouldn’t want a commute like that?
I’d have to say trustworthy, sense of humour and dependable. Trustworthy I think is obvious. Everyone wants to be able to trust your best friend in every way. You want to trust that they won’t tell your secrets, that when you need their help they will be there and that overall, you can trust them with anything. Secondly, what is a good friend if they can’t make you laugh, or if they don’t laugh at your jokes that aren’t really funny? Lastly, a friend needs to be dependable. They should be a support system. You need a best friend that you know if you called on a last minute’s notice that they would be there. Get a best friend you can depend on when you lose faith or can’t depend on yourself.
Michelle Obama. She is a woman of power and strength; a writer, lawyer and first lady, she took the power she has and used it for good. I think there’s so much to learn from a woman like her, and I would order something healthy. Actually, I would let her order for me. I’d love to see what a woman in power orders 😉
Tigris works with many young professionals. Do you have any advice for the staff you work with?
First off, don’t ever get discouraged. I know it can be tough and sometimes it pushes you to a point where you wonder if it is all worth it. But take a breath and a moment to look back on all you’ve done and remind yourself how far you’ve come. Secondly, please remember, YOU WILL MAKE MISTAKES. You will make a ton of them. I was never good at accepting my mistakes as lessons. I continuously was very hard on myself. Mistakes care crucial – so take them as lessons and move on. You didn’t accidently bring on the end of the world by sending that email, although it may feel like it. You simply made a mistake. Learn and move on.
–Joanna Olaru, Event Account Coordinator