Interview from the PCMA Learning Lounge in San Diego. Certified Event Planner with Food Allergies: Tracy Stuckrath talks about PCMA and how planners need to think about the diets of their attendees.
Being an event planer with food allergies can be both a blessing and a curse. As a food allergic person, I want to be able to eat safely at events. As a planner, I understand the intricate details that go into creating and executing an event while ensuring everyone’s needs are met, especially when it comes to planning menus.
This amazes me. It’s kind of the like the six degrees of Kevin Bacon phenomena but with food allergies, intolerances or preferences.
Tracy Stuckrath was named a Meeting Pro to Watch in 2012 by ConventionSouth magazine.
Jesse Fetterling of Smart Meetings spoke to a cross section of meeting planners, including Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM of Thrive! Meetings & Events to hear their stories and find out what irritates them. Here are their top 11 pet peeves. On Tracy’s list include impersonal e-mails, sending contracts with completely different specs than what was agreed upon and outdated websites. What Peeves You?
Tracy Stuckrath volunteers on the International Special Events Society’s Education Council which is working hard to drive the organization’s success through the education it provides at the local, regional and international platforms. ISES Pages
Tracy Stuckrath, president and chief connecting officer for Thrive! Meetings and Events, has planned corporate events in Atlanta for more than 15 years for companies including Manheim and Atlanta Magazine. In “Southern Hospitality,” she talks with Sarah Sekula about hidden gems around Atlanta that are great for hosting meetings and events. She says, “The city’s various special event facilities offer planners many options when creating something out of the ordinary.”
Walking to Save a Life! On Saturday, October 1, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) held its Walk for Food Allergies Atlanta to raise funds for food allergy research, education, advocacy, and awareness. As one of 46 walks held across the country this year, the Walk for Food Allergy Atlanta drew more than 500 walkers from across the city and raised more than $55,000! An estimated 12 million Americans, including three million children, have a food allergy – that’s one in 25. Food allergies are a potentially life-threatening medical condition, and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) food…
The health of your event, your attendees and our nation is a great responsibility that meeting professionals must embrace I never thought I would be quoting from Spider-Man (although my nephew would be proud), but the meaning behind Uncle Ben’s statement — “Remember, with Great Power Comes Great Responsibility” — to Peter is truly why I started my company and now this blog. When I found out eight years ago I had an allergy to yeast, you would have thought I’d be traumatized – I had to stop eating anything that contained yeast, sugar, vinegar, dairy, white flour and…
Tracy Stuckrath is the Founder of Thrive! Meetings and Events, a boutique event planning firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. She will be presenting two seminars at Exhibitor 2011 which will be held March 27th through 31st, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. Stuckrath joins Speak Up! to talk about how she became motivated to start her company and the workshops that she will be presenting at Exhibitor 2011: “Food 101: Accomodating Dietary Needs at Events” and “Using Green Meeting Industry Standards for Event Success.”