Never Run: a Lesson from Ellen Proxmire

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Never Run: a Lesson from Ellen Proxmire


Making things happen, and making them happen quickly and perfectly is part of the universal job description for event producers.

I was fortunate to be thrown into high-level corporate event planning very early in my career and I learned from pros like Ellen Proxmire. Ellen planned Kennedy’s inaugural ball among thousands of other events during her legendary career, and virtually started the corporate event planning industry in Washington DC in the early 1960’s.

Ellen served as a mentor to me and shared many valuable lessons, one of which has become a core philosophy at Wilsonwest, and that is to Never Run. Stay calm, focus on the solution, and carry on. Most of the time, no one else will even know that something is amiss, especially when you are careful not to draw attention to the matter.

Ellen operated with a sense of grace and style and seemed to make things happen effortlessly, with kindness and great humor.

Thank you Ellen for the many years of creative event planning experience. Your wisdom showed me the way.

Ellen passed away earlier this month at the age of 90.

Please pass the torch and remember to run only when instructed by the Secret Service to do so.

Cindy Wilson

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