2016 40 Under 40: Vanessa Nelson

Vanessa Nelson Married at First SIght

Vanessa Nelson Married at First SIghtVanessa Nelson  27, Assistant Manager, Event Planner Cox Automotive, Atlanta

How I got here: “I went to Clark Atlanta University and majored in public relations. Of course, the events industry is tied to marketing and PR, and as I was going through my studies, I discovered I found joy in event planning. I started out as an event intern at a health care firm then worked at Cobb Galleria Centre [a meeting and convention center] right out of college. I landed at Cox about a year ago.”

What she does: Nelson works with a team of 10 to 12 planners at Cox Automotive to plan between 50 and 70 events per year, ranging from educational training to trade shows to an annual President’s Club incentive trip. You may recognize Nelson from the cast of FYI’s “Married at First Sight,” though she says she’s been focused on “business as usual” throughout her appearance on the show.

What inspires me: “I put on a St. Jude event years ago that was a letter-writing campaign at a college campus. That meant so much to me because I felt like something very meaningful came from planning that event, and it’s still something I’m proud of today.”

To read our full Q&A with Nelson, read "'Married at First Sight' Star Finds Love in Corporate Meeting Planning."

Photo by: Patrick Heagney Shot on location at: Bar Margot at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta