Melissa Wilson

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When I arrived in Michigan in 2001, I left my marketing position and family in Virginia to join an outdoor event production team, which led me to produce several large, outdoor festivals including Michigan Taste Fest, Detroit Festival of the Arts, and Montreux Detroit Jazz Fest. 

For 10 years, I began exploring the industry as a freelancer in a variety of event types and applying my talents to school camps, assemblies, workshops and fundraisers. My goal was simply to establish basic event planning foundations which are still in place today. My event production resume includes chamber of commerce non-profit fundraisers and silent auctions, high end donor events, private parties, corporate vendor shows from the business end, weddings & day-of wedding coordinating. In 2012, I decided to find some stability in my event professional, self-taught skills. 

In 2012, I was hired by the Michigan Science Center as their sole event manager where I managed all venue rentals, the event implementation of the annual formal gala and co-designed and launched the After Dark event series. 

After successfully establishing several signature events and managing the venue rentals and fundraisers there, ONE ANNUAL EVENT stood out as a game-changer for me.

The Construction Science Expo is an event that introduces Detroit Public School teens to careers in construction labor and design by showcasing engineering and trade skill jobs side-by-side, not in career or job fair style, but in a hands-on, integrative and energy-filled format.  At first I was the 'venue support' for the event in 2013 and I am now their official Event Manager and advisory board member. 

At Pathway X, we help narrow the talent gap between youth and the Construction and Manufacturing industries by showcasing to high school students the skills needed to join real world companies, inspiring  businesses, schools and families to begin to plan their pathway to purposeful and valuable work. 

If you've read this far, here's a little extra: I have a college degree in English and Fine Arts, but my work has been a mix of marketing, design, sales and event production.

I have three teens that are all on unique pathways of their own, including cyber security/mathematician at George Mason in Virginia, a film director, talented photographer and actor at Columbia College Chicago and an illustrator and competitive  soccer athlete who is in her senior year of high school. I love adventure traveling, attending events (really!), walking my rescue dog and practicing yoga as often as I can. 

My goals in 2019 are to travel to a warm southern country in the winter and to put a down-payment on a micro mini RV to tow behind my Jeep Wrangler in 2020. I also want to make time to create a whole set of coffee mugs on my recently acquired pottery wheel. Too much? Maybe...but, that's me :-)

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