Irma Chavez is an experienced conference, logistics and operations professional with 17 years of experience working with non-profit organizations. Irma is passionate about building strong relationships and believes that “Building fruitful and lasting relationships starts with abandoning the conventional “me” – based thoughts that are so prevalent in the business world and so easy to slip into in our personal lives.” Michelle Tillis Lederman
Irma obtained her Bilingual Executive Secretary diploma from the prestigious Escuela Comercial Cámara de Comercio in Mexico City. She immigrated to the United States in 1992 and has worked several positions in the hospitality, retail and real estate industries since then. In 2007, during the housing market crash, Irma lost her position as a title processor and started working with a temporary personnel agency where she landed a job with a nonprofit medical association. There, she started a successful career as a meeting/conference planner. Irma has earned a reputation for her exemplary organizational skills, exceptional customer service, and excellent contract negotiation. Irma has particularly exceeded in building relationships with international attendees resulting an increase in membership and conference attendance.
In her free time, Irma loves cooking and baking for her family and friends. Irma is very passionate not only about cooking but also about teaching and sharing her Mexican heritage and family values through food. She believes that while social media and texting give us more ways to reach out, there is no replacement for real-time conversation and bonding. Eating together is a means to socialize and enjoy the company of those you love and care about and is one of the ways you create memories together. It is also a time that you can tell stories from the past, sharing old memories with younger generations.