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2014 Young Memphian: Nicolette Thomas, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

The following is a profile from our summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine: 2014 Young Memphis. Click here to view the entire magazine with profiles from our other nine Young Memphians.

Nicolette Thomas, senior specialist for event marketing at ALSAC/St. Jude, the fundraising arm of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is one of the few Memphians who holds a Certified Meeting Professional Credential. 

“It’s kind of an honor to get this credential because you have to study hard to earn it, and there’s a great deal of in-depth information you need to learn, followed by a pretty intense exam,” said Thomas, who has worked at ALSAC for slightly longer than two years.

Thomas says she never intended to be an event planner. That path began when she worked as an intern at Baker Donelson law firm in Memphis and later got hired as an event planner there, where she worked for eight years. 

She’s thrilled that she can now apply that knowledge to her role at ALSAC, and she’s passionate about her job there. 

“Just knowing that my little part is contributing to something that’s so much bigger than me is so fulfilling. Those kids and their families are going through such a hard time,” she said. “Being able to coordinate events where the families and patients can come and get excited about the activities we’ve planned is both fun and rewarding for me. I’m doing what I love and also doing it for a greater cause. What better job is there than that?”

Her biggest accomplishment to date was coordinating the largest plated dinner in Memphis for 2,500 guests at the St. Jude Heroes Pasta Party last December. The event went off without a hitch. Granted, there were a few last-minute changes that she had to make, but that comes with the business, she said. 

“You have to learn how to be very nimble and just roll with the punches, because things are always going to change. You just have to know that it’s OK and that in the end, everything is going to work out. There’s nothing that’s ever going to be perfect,” she said.

It’s the same advice she gives to aspiring young professionals: roll with changes, be flexible and also, be curious and open to learning new things.

Story by: Erinn Figg
Photograph by: Troy Glasgow
Posted: 11/19/2014 11:09:48 AM | with 0 comments
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