'No matter how big the problem, there's always a way to solve it'

A-List 2020: Alexandra Gee is a senior project manager at Ashfield Meetings & Events.

What kind of events do you work on?

Pharmaceutical events; mostly conferences, congresses and ad-boards.

What's been the highlight of your career so far?

Winning Employee of the Year last year, an award which I was nominated for by my colleagues - it was such an honour to receive!

What's the most important lesson you've learned?

No matter how big the problem, there is always a way to solve it. Just take a step back and work out a solution.

Do agencies do enough to develop young talent?

In my experience, yes. I started my career at Ashfield Meetings & Events during my university placement year. Since then I've progressed through a number of roles, which has only been possible through the support I've been given.

I have also been part of a course called 'Future Focus', which has allowed me to develop my knowledge of the wider business while giving me the tools to evaluate and reflect on my skills, personality and how I would like to move forward in my career.

What needs to change in the events industry?

One of the biggest struggles is work/life balance.There has been a lot of progression, though, with wellbeing becoming a big focus for companies. But there's still progress to be made and I hope to see this in the near future.

What would be your dream event to work on?

Location-wise, it would be in a ski resort with lots of snow-related activities.

What job would you be doing if not in events? 

A florist!

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