By Marissa Ferguson
ACU Event Coordinator Jennifer Ellison recently earned recognition from America’s largest and most recognized network community for professional women. Two weeks ago, Ellison received a letter from the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) awarding her its prestigious title 2010 Woman of the Year.
“It’s definitely an honor to be amidst such professional women who are known to have great influence and are on top of their professional fields,” Ellison said.
Ellison was among the one percent of members chosen to even be considered for the title. Stephanie Jackson, representative from the NAPW office in New York, said women had to receive an invitation into the organization before they could even begin the application and interview process.
“Ultimately, the Board of Directors made their decision by looking at her interview when she became a member,” Jackson said, adding that a research team also scrutinized the final choice.
Colleague and friend Morgan Wilks worked with Ellison for two years while she was a student. After graduation, Ellison was asked to serve as events coordinator.
“She’s amazing at what she does,” Wilks said. “While I was working with her, she was not the typical boss; she made the job fun. How she does her job just inspires me.”
Ellison graduated from ACU in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in family and consumer science and business administration. She is currently working on numerous campus and community events, including the Veterans Day Tribute, the Earl Young luncheon and a Boy Scout dinner.
“For University Events, we strive to retain a cutting edge reputation,” Ellison said. “We want to continue to grow in the department and to keep ACU events at the front of higher education.”
However, she also deems the opportunity to impact other women important.
“I strive to be a positive role model to women on campus and encourage professional growth and commitment to service,” she said.
Ellison is also involved in some capacity with the Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors International, the Meeting Professionals International and the International Special Events Society.