Staff Spotlight: Britanny Gabel, Executive Education
Weatherheadlines sat down with Britanny Gabel, Program Manager for Executive Education Programs, to learn about growing up as a west-sider, preparing for the Global Forum logistics, and her second career in the jack-o-lantern business.
Q: What is your current job title?
My official title is Program Manager, Executive Education Programs.
Q: How long have you worked at Weatherhead?
I’ve been here almost 2 years.
Q: Where are you from?
I’m originally from Cleveland (a proud west-sider)! I went away for school but family is what brought me back home.
Q: I understand you’re involved in the upcoming Global Forum. How did you first become involved in the Forum and what are your responsibilities?
I became involved when I was asked to take on the responsibility of managing the exhibit booths for the Forum, which entails being the primary contact with each of the exhibitors and handling all of the logistics surrounding them. I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into, but the experience has been very positive!
Q: In your opinion, what is the best part of the Forum?
For me, the best part has been my experience with the Forum team. Everyone has been tremendously supportive and fun to work with! Most of the programs I’ve worked on up to this point have been nowhere near the scale of the Forum, so it’s exciting to be involved in something this significant.
Q: After working on the Forum preparations and the Forum, what do you hope to personally take away from the event?
I’ve learned so much from working on this event and with this team, that the knowledge and skills I’ve gained are irreplaceable. But most of all, I hope to take away a sense of accomplishment. It will be exciting to see the outcomes and to know that, in a small way, I was part of it all.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
My favorite way to spend my time is with my family and friends—most of all my six adorable nephews. But aside from this, I love playing softball, volleyball, or a long game of catch. I also enjoy fixing up any old furniture I can get my hands on, as well as grabbing coffee with friends.
Q: What is your favorite Fall activity?
Definitely pumpkins! I absolutely love driving out to the middle of nowhere to find the perfect pumpkin, coming home to carve it, and then, finally, baking the seeds. I’ve never been very good at the carving, but the whole experience still makes me feel like a kid!
Q: What is one surprising thing about yourself you would like to share with the Weatherhead community?
I’m not sure people would guess that I’m a camper—a true, hard-core camper. When I was growing up, this is what my family would do for vacations each year. So I learned to love the outdoors—sleeping in tents, hiking, and even flipping over in canoes!