Earning the CEM designation is a game changer. IAEE interviewed recent CEM graduate, Josie Caldwell, CEM, National Sales Manager at GES. Read her journey on earning the CEM desgination and how the designation has made her stand out at GES.
Hometown: Allentown, PA (born in Slovenia)
University of Education: BS, Business Administration, American University
How has the CEM designation helped in your career?
I have found that my peers are impressed with the designation. Because I recently received it, I will see what will happen during my review process.
Why is it important to maintain the CEM designation?
It is important to stay on top of what is going on in our industry. It is also important to me because it also gives you more credibility.
What made you want to obtain your CEM designation?
I am a “seasoned” professional in our industry. It was something that I put off, so I decided to buckle down and go for it!
What advice would you give to an aspiring individual who wants to apply for the CEM program?
I really liked the onsite classes. I tell everyone to make sure you PREPARE before class and make sure that you listen and participate in class and take your time when you take the exam!
How did you start your career in this industry?
Like most people, I fell into it. I was working in a shared suite and a person left the organization. I was finishing up my co-op and preparing for college graduation, so I needed a job. I was not shy, so I walked into the owner’s office and said that I would like to apply for the job. That’s how it all started over 30 years ago!
What did you like the most about the CEM Learning Program?
I really enjoyed the engagement with the other students.
Fun fact about you – What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I can be shy and quiet! LOL, I am also extremely afraid of heights. I am the first female in my high school to receive a full-ride athletic scholarship to college.