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SWE Staff Spotlight: Jeanne Elipani

Each month, SWE puts the spotlight on one of our valued staff members. For May 2020, we feature Director of Conference and Events Services, Jeanne Elipani.
Swe Staff Spotlight: Jeanne Elipani

Jeanne ElipaniAbout Jeanne Elipani:

Jeanne Elipani is the Director of Conference and Events Services at Society of Women Engineers and has worked with SWE as both a vendor and employee since 1995.  Jeanne holds a B.S. in Organizational Management from St. Joseph College. She started her career in accounting and insurance, but then her passion for hospitality led to an extensive meeting and trade show career through several associations and a trade show company.  Additionally, she has earned two meetings industry designations.

Where are you from/where were you raised?

South Shore neighborhood of Chicago – born and raised, and a product of Catholic school education.

What is your favorite sports team?

Chicago Cubs all the way!  This does cause controversy with my spouse, as well as some of my famous (past and present) SWE colleagues who are avid White Sox fans.

What is your go-to karaoke song?

“Just a Friend” by Biz Markie

If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

Does that include coffee?

What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve received?

There were two pieces I’ve never forgotten–

  • never let others decide who I am and what path I want to take
  • problems always have solutions.  Focus on the latter.

What is your favorite place in the world?

Well, it’s going to be Paris once I finally get there.  I’ve been obsessed with anything and everything Parisian my whole life.

 Do you have any interesting or little-known facts about yourself?

I am the child of two USO Entertainment 1940’s acrobatic performers.  They had a stage name of Alwite and Blue and they worked with various celebrities and in almost every state in the country, with a few overseas shows.

What movie or TV quote are you most likely to use in conversation?

There is no crying in baseball.

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