Linda worked as an event planner for over 20 years, planning events in New Zealand, Europe, the United States, and Canada. She planned academic conferences, opening ceremonies, sports tournaments, social life-cycle events, and children’s events. In 2003, Linda decided to learn more about the industry she loved, so she obtained a Master of Tourism Administration from George Washington University and a PhD from the University of Waterloo. Her research interests are event risk management, tourism management, and the events industry. She also has a Special Event Coordinator designation from Ontario Tourism Education Corporation. She has written articles, case studies and book chapters for both industry and academia, and has spoken at The Special Event, Convening Leaders, the World Education Congress, and ISES Live.
In 2009, Linda started teaching in the School of Hospitality Management at Endicott College. She teaches courses in event management, tourism, and research. Her combination of experience and education allows her to bring a practical, applied knowledge to her classroom. She founded the Endicott Event Management Organization in 2009. This student run group focuses on learning more about the events industry as well as applying classroom knowledge through planning and executing events.
Linda has been a member of ISES, MPI, and PCMA since the early 2000s. She has continued these memberships because she believes that in order to teach about events she needs to know what event professionals are doing. She has been an extreme advocate for student membership in event associations, and ISES New England is an easy sell because the members are welcoming and supportive.