Throughout the 15 years she has served at EventBooking, Evelyn Ingram has become a true cornerstone of our company. Her invaluable insight, leadership, warmth, hard work, and dedication is seen and felt every day by clients and co-workers alike. It’s no surprise, then, that she was named among the five ‘Women of Influence‘ in 2018 by VenuesNow Magazine. Get to know this “sweetheart” of the venue software industry in our latest Coffee & Conversation feature:
Q. What is your role at EventBooking and what do you like about that role?
A. I’m VP of Sales here at EventBooking. What I like most is the opportunity to meet and begin relationships with so many people from different venues, different locations, and different backgrounds.
Q. Describe your “perfect” meal, complete with dessert.
A. My perfect meal would be my grandmother’s fried chicken, coupled with Puerto Rican rice and beans, tostones and pasteles. For dessert, Italian butter cookies from an Italian bakery in Rochester, NY.
Q.What’s something about you that might surprise people?
A. Perhaps that I sang in a music ensemble in High School. I still have the jacket we all wore.
Q. What something you know more about than most people?
A. The history of our EventBooking clients…?
Q.What is one of your favorite places that you’ve traveled to? Why?
A. Victoria, British Colombia. I was there a few years ago for a conference. Being on the water, Victoria is beautiful and offers stunning views of the mountains with abundant wildlife. It is very walkable, with restaurants and shopping in close proximity. I walked to the sea wall, saw sea lions, ate great food, and enjoyed wonderful company. The weather was PERFECT and it was just before the start of the tourist season, so it wasn’t crowded!
Q.What’s your favorite movie? Favorite book (or favorite Artist/Band)
A. My favorite movie would be Dante’s Peak. I never get tired of watching it. The Shack would have to be my favorite book; it shifted my perspective in substantial ways.
Q. If you could have dinner with one person (living or dead) who would it be?
A. It would be hard to pick just one, but my grandparents. On my mother’s side, my grandmother was the heart and soul of our family. My grandfather adored her. He would get a glint in his eye when he tried to get a “rise” out of her. He was loved, cherished, and respected by all that knew him. They got married in a leap year so they only counted their anniversary every four years, and they always referred to themselves as newlyweds. They were strong examples of family, love, and sacrifice.
Q.What’s something you’re passionate about?
A. My faith and my family—they’re the foundation for everything else in my life.
Q. What’s something you would tell yourself 10 years ago?
A. Wow, I would tell my younger self to exercise—HA! And stay away from carbs!
Most of all, I’d tell her to take time to feed her soul. It’s not enough to “do” the things that need to get done and care for those she is responsible to and for. For her own sake, I’d tell her to start connecting with loving, like-minded people who will be her safety net, encouragement, and lifeline. Not to wait for life’s challenges to drive her there, but to build that foundation early, so that it is ready and waiting. I’d tell her to journal, chronicle, and build a remembrance of the good things in life—the memories, blessings, miracles, graces, and goodness being experienced. This will be a support and encouragement during future challenges. I’d tell her that, while planting seeds in others gardens, to plant seeds in her own garden. Take time to wonder, dream and imagine—don’t wait until you’re asked to complete a profile to stop and consider the larger questions on who you are!
Q.If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
A. It would be to redevelop a level of fluency in Spanish.
Q.Who inspires you?
A. My parents. My father has walked through great obstacles and sacrifice in his lifetime, from losing his father at an early age to fighting in the Korean War. Together, they sacrificed and were wholly committed to the raising of their eight children. While my dad often worked three jobs to support us, my mom was home with eight children. E-i-g-h-t children—and she didn’t drive. She never drove or had an outside job during the entire time any of us were home. I thought my hands were full with two children…and I could drive. Somehow she dealt with each of us uniquely, and can describe the gifts, talents, strengths, and nuances of each of her eight children—without repeating herself. They have exemplified unconditional love, unwavering faith, steadfast commitment, selflessness, goodness and generosity…with a fair amount of sassiness thrown in. I hope that I can walk in half of what they’ve shown me.
Evelyn, we can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done and continue to do. It is an absolute honor and joy to have you at EB!