2021 Connect Corporate 40 Under 40: Javanni M. Kiezer, M.S., CMP

Javanni M. Kiezer, M.S., CMP, 37, is the Event Planner for the Noble Research Institute. She's based in Ardmore, Okla.

2021 Connect Corporate 40 Under 40: Javanni M. Kiezer, M.S., CMP

Javanni M. Kiezer, M.S., CMP, 37
Event Planner, Noble Research Institute, Ardmore, Okla.

How I got here:
After college, I took a contract position as a fund-raiser with Muscular Dystrophy Association and was tasked with capturing meeting minutes for the executive board. Members spoke up on the financial importance of events and their benefits. Being among a group that believed in the power of events piqued my interest. 

My greatest career accomplishment:
Graduating from San Diego State University’s first-ever master’s program in meeting and event management with MPI.

Impressive stats:
My company puts on several employee appreciation events, including a movie night. Traditionally, it brings together 100 employees. In June 2020, I was tasked with offering a new, exciting experience focused on safety. As the resurgence of drive-in movie theaters grew, it created an opportunity to revamp the popular event to include meals, a larger screen and additional outdoor seating. Attendance tripled.

What I'm working on right now:
I’m keeping my skills sharp by completing the Event Leadership Institute’s pandemic meeting and event design course. I’ve set a 2021 goal to earn the digital event strategist (DES) certification, too.

What I do outside of work: 
As an advocate for ending human trafficking within our industry and communities, I currently volunteer with United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT) as a member of the volunteer committee. As a new volunteer myself, I quickly identified a need to revamp the orientation process by adding special guests, informational videos, polls and Q&A sessions. Since implementing these changes, I’m now tasked with serving as the emcee during the monthly new member orientation and providing technical support to presenters. 

Favorite vacation destination:
One of my all-time favorite places to visit is Sedona, Ariz. I have vivid memories of going to the local galleries, Kuivato Glass Art Gallery and Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art; taking sightseeing tours to Broken Arrow and the Grand Canyon; and being mesmerized by the red rocks the area is so famously known for. As an added bonus, I love staying at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, located only minutes from downtown. 

Favorite icebreaker line: 
“What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten and why?” This low-pressure question easily prompts conversation and allows everyone to share. It offers insight into their lives, memories and travel experiences. 

Travel hack: 
I can’t leave home without my universal adapter! During a business trip to Ireland, I plugged a flat iron directly into the built-in outlet converter and was naïve enough to think it would work. Within minutes, I quickly learned the importance of a universal adapter, as the outlet and flat iron both shorted out. A hard lesson to learn even for the most seasoned road warriors.  

Instagram: @kiezerj