Mairin Petrone 

(Duquesne)

The Event Planner | 40 Under 40 Class of 2020

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GET TO KNOW MAIRIN

“I was raised by a family of event planners. Because of growing up in that environment, I was always drawn to take on roles in that field.” Following in her family’s footsteps, Mairin now plans events that celebrate the diversity of her city and its residents. Keep scrolling to learn more about Mairin.  

EXTENDED INTERVIEW

What inspired you to go into this line of work?

I grew up in the special events world. My family was involved in so many events and it just felt like a natural fit as I got older.

 

What challenge did you overcome to get where you are today?

I think it can be difficult to break into management in any field as a woman. Early in my career I had to work twice as hard as my male counterparts to get the same level of recognition.

 

Did someone help you get to where you are today, like a mentor?

Yes, both of my parents and my aunt have so much experience and guide me every single day!

 

What do you love most about your job?

There is something magical about walking into a completely empty event space, transforming it during set-up, watching people arrive and fill the space, then seeing it empty again knowing the fun that occurred there.

Early Bird or Night Owl

Physical Book or Audiobook

Cats or Dogs

Stripes or Polka Dots

Mountains or Beach

Describe yourself in three words.

Kind, hardworking and passionate.

 

Your life philosophy is…

Work hard, play hard. Don’t spend your whole life working toward one goal and waiting until you’re older to enjoy it. Enjoy life now!

 

What is the best piece of advice you received?

Criticism should be taken seriously, not personally.

 

If someone handed you an airline ticket to a place of your choosing, where would you go and why?
Hawaii! It truly is paradise.

 

What’s something you cannot live without?

My family. They support me through the tough times and are there with me to celebrate the good times.

 

Name a book you read that positively shaped you.

“The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell

 

If you weren’t working in the industry that you are, what would you be doing instead?

I think I would be teaching.

 

How do you unwind or relax after a long day?

TV. So much TV.

 

The most rewarding aspect of your job is…

Seeing an event that started as an idea become a reality.

 

If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it – metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions – what would it say and why?

“Merge at the merge point.” We only have one life to live and we shouldn’t have to spend one extra second of it sitting in traffic.

In the last five years, what new belief, behavior or habit has most improved your life?

Recognizing the strength of women. This is something I have always been aware of but has meant more to me now than ever before. By surrounding myself with strong, successful women, I have been able to eliminate negative energy from my life and move forward with a positive support system.

 

When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?

I go to an arcade. There is nothing like shooting zombies to distract you from what life is throwing your way.

 

What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Could be money, time, energy, etc.) Professional development.

By investing time in myself by attending workshops, conferences, achieving certifications, etc. I have been able to make amazing connections and set myself up for a successful personal and professional future.

Name a confident woman of character who you look up to? Why her?

Hillary Rodham Clinton. She has arguably faced the most criticism and judgment of any woman and continues to take it head on and work toward what she knows will make the world a better place.