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July 18, 2016 | 9:00 AM

Brightspark Employee Spotlight: Maggie Vnuk

Written by Brightspark Travel


Meet Maggie Vnuk, the event coordinator at Brightspark Travel and inspiring history buff, who is just as enthusiastic about traveling as she is about music and theatre. She is responsible for building and managing all of the company’s events.

Maggie recently shared with us what it’s like to be in her shoes at Brightspark and we are excited to highlight her insight. To learn more about Maggie, keep reading!

Can you tell us a little about your day-to-day job functions?

My day-to-day job duties vary greatly depending on what month it is. During the summer months, I am preparing for our busy season. Whereas the fall, winter and spring months are spent planning and executing our events, and traveling to our various performance destinations.

How did you hear about Brightspark? How long have you been working here?

Two years ago I was planning corporate events for a large hotel in Colorado, and was looking to come back home to Chicago. A good friend called and told me about an opportunity at her company. Knowing that I would get to work alongside an amazing friend, I was more than happy to accept the opportunity.

What’s your favorite part about what you do?

I love planning for every aspect of a trip, and being prepared to make sure the students have a great experience. I also love traveling to great cities and learning more about each place.

How have you grown in your career while working at Brightspark?

Brightspark has taught me to relax in stressful situations. In previous planning positions, I would have an exuberant amount of stress over minuscule topics. While working on my first event at Brightspark Travel, I realized issues will happen but it is how you handle them as an individual that makes you the right person for the job. If you can smile and breathe, you and your fellow collaborators will be able to get through any problem. “The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflections.” – Thomas Paine

What has been the most interesting thing you’ve seen or done at Brightspark?

The most interesting thing I have had the pleasure of working on, thus far, was the 2015 Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl. We organized and brought over 1200 students, teachers and chaperones to Atlanta, Georgia for the bowl game and New Year’s Eve. It was such a great experience to watch the kids perform in the Georgia Dome and to work with amazing clinicians such as Gary Smith, Richard Suk and Bucky Johnson.

The most interesting and miraculous thing I have seen while working on an event was being able to see Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton. It was the day after he won the Pulitzer – and listening to him talk about being honored for all of the support and love of his work was remarkable. I also fell in love with Daveed Diggs. Watching him in the roles of Lafayette and Jefferson was so enjoyable – better than I could have ever of imagined. 

How do you like the new office? Any favorite perks you’d like to share?

The new office is beautiful and open. It promotes a flow of ideas and encourages everyone to work together to create inspiring and educational trips for students. I also have the pleasure of sitting next to one of favorite people at Brightspark, Matt Bartling.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?

Being able to immerse myself in the history of a place is my favorite thing to do while traveling. I loved visiting the ruins of Tulum and being able to learn about the Mayan while also soaking up the rays. 

Interested in working with Maggie and other great coworkers? Lucky for you, we are currently hiring for positions in various departments. To view job openings, please visit our website here.

You can also follow us on Twitter for more behind the scenes action at Brightspark Travel: @BrightsparkTour

Topics: About Brightspark Travel, Employee Spotlights

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