FastFive – October 2017
Kelly Sophy, CMP, CMM, HMCC
Manager, Aesculap Academy, Conventions & Meetings
Aesculap, Inc.

1. What story in our industry impacted you the most in 2016 and why?
Learning about Crisis Management Programs and why we needed to implement one was an area of focus.

2. What advice would you give your younger self?
Be proactive, not reactive

3. What’s your guilty pleasure?

4. What does your current “just get it done” playlist look like?
Listen, Research, Prepare/Plan, Execute

5. What’s your favorite city and why?
San Diego, the weather, how close the airport is to downtown, great restaurants

About Kelly

Kelly is currently an Academy Senior Program Manager at Aesculap, Inc. where she manages Surgeon Training Education Courses and Corporate Meetings. Starting her career in the meeting industry over 25 years ago, she began working for the Merrill Lynch Conference and Training Center Hotel before moving into the healthcare industry where she worked for Merck & Company, Aventis Pharmaceuticals and as an Independent Meeting Planner freelancing for a number of medical education agencies and pharmaceutical companies.

After attending Widener University for Hospitality Administration, Kelly became a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) in 1999 and received her Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) and Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) in 2013.

An active member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Kelly recently served as the Committee Chair for the chapter’s Education Institute Day and was the recipient of the Shining Star Award and the 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughter’s and during the Summer and Fall months, serves as the Assistant Director and Visual Instructor for the Council Rock High School North Marching Band.