YPDaily: Anna Di Carlo

After attending the International Academy of Design for Advertising and Graphics Design, Anna Di Carlo successfully combined her love for socializing with her education in her role as Director of Events at Andrew Richard Designs in today’s YPDaily…

Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I’m the Director of Events at Andrew Richard Designs where I sell, market and execute special events for our corporate, commercial, social and philanthropic clientele.

Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
I was working at a retirement home planning special events for seniors and was asked to place a want ad online. I stumbled upon an ad for Event Director at Andrew Richard Designs and applied. I wasn’t looking to move at that time but I knew it would be an outstanding opportunity for me to realize my potential with respect to event management. I have always loved the social aspect of my job at ARD and watching an event grow from inception. I also love a good party!

What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
Every day is different, every event is different and every client is different. That versatility is both the best and most challenging part of my job. I really enjoy connecting with clients and meeting their needs. There is no standard template; every event plays out in a unique way. It’s important to really understand and adapt to each client individually and I always want to bring my experience to the table in each situation.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I don’t have any type of long term plan because I like letting life just happen; it’s more fun that way. I do, however, hope to grow within this industry because I love it.

What does success look like to you?
Being happy and having little to complain about.

What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
Since starting with Andrew Richard Designs there have been many moments in my career that I would consider milestones. Things that I thought I would have to wait a long time to enjoy seem to surface often, which is very rewarding.

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Work as hard as you possibly can because it pays off every time.

Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I volunteer for the W.A.T.C.H. Foundation, an organization run by University of Toronto students. Students facilitate a blood donor clinic, soup kitchen, holiday dinner and in class and after school programs for children in Regent Park. Every person in this city should give back to the community in some way. You are never too busy, even the smallest amount you can do will reach someone who needs it. Supporting a charitable cause and having that be a part of my life is priority.

What to you is notable?
Philanthropy and a naughty sense of humour!

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