Norma has extensive experience in event planning, insurance, education, manufacturing, legal, and human resources environments. She has worked as a secretary for Eaton Corporation, International Harvester, MCI, Consolidated Packaging, and as a legal secretary for a Chicago law firm. She also was a New York State Certified Teaching Assistant and worked with children with learning disabilities in Upstate New York.
Norma was an Event Planning Assistant with State Farm Insurance's Regional Office in Upstate New York where she assisted two Event Planners with more than 80 meetings and events a year. After taking early retirement from State Farm and not yet ready to be completely retired, Norma came to work for To Plan Ahead in 2005. Norma brings more than 10 years event/meeting planning experience. As a part-time Executive Assistant with To PLAN Ahead, she assists with a full range of meeting planning duties.
Norma has served as a mentor to an elementary and high school student. She also has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, Make a Difference Day, and received special recognition from State Farm for her work with the March of Dimes Walk America Committee in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Most Memorable Meeting: Assisting with a meeting in New York City during the 2003 East Coast Blackout and having to evacuate the hotel on orders from the fire department. All meeting attendees had to sleep on the sidewalk outside the hotel because there were no back-up generators–so no sprinkler system in the hotel.