This is the first interview in ‘Meet The Team’ – a series that’ll get you up close and personal with the people who comprise a2z.
Meet Joy Wingert, a2z’s Knowledge & Education Specialist.
Q: How would you describe yourself?
Eclectic? That’s probably the best word for it. I like all kinds of things, from Star Wars to Yarn, Books to Tech. I’m a naturally curious person, and I was the class know-it-all in school – both traits I like to use to make myself a better person, and better at my job.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your role at a2z. What do you enjoy most about your current role?
I am the Knowledge and Education Specialist, which means I work to make sure that everyone knows as much as they want about how to use the a2z product. If you want to learn about it, I want to talk to you about it. I love meeting with, and learning with, our clients. Every client has something unique in their process, and learning about those unique pieces helps me understand our clients, and our industry, so much better.
Q: What are some of the most memorable highlights of your time with a2z so far?
There have been so many amazing moments!
- It may sound ‘cheesy’, but my first User Group was really memorable – it was the first time I met clients face-to-face!
- Version changes, specifically introducing version 5, with our move to the .NET platform. Version 7, when we introduced major UI and UX enhancements. Version 10 (vX) was another big launch, and of course, our Version 14 move to responsive design.
- We are a fairly casual office now, but even more so 10 years ago when Kristie Chicki – an a2z Sr Project Manager – started at a2z. Her first day in the office, we all wore ball gowns, nice dresses, suits and tuxes to welcome her to the team!
- Being the first Project Support Specialist, and Senior Project Support Specialist at a2z.
- Teaching the first client workshop, which we did at our office in Columbia, MD in – I think- 2011.
Q: What are you looking forward to the most in 2018?
Learning more about how we all learn, how to create better online learning experiences, and then using that to create more opportunities for clients to learn. Personally, I also am looking forward to the MD Sheep and Wool festival, the new Star Wars Han Solo movie, and spending time with my husband and 3-year-old son.
Q: What do you think are some of the most exciting changes/improvements coming to the events industry in the future?
I am really looking forward to seeing how all the new advances in technology-driven experiences play out in the events industry.
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