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Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson

HR Project Manager, Global & NA

J. Walter Thompson

Long Island City, NY

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Morgans Hotel Group, Hudson

Human Resources Coordinator

· Responsible for the administration and maintenance of human resources activities and programs on property including staffing, compensation, benefits, and workplace safety for over 350 employees
· Manage property monthly new hire orientations, monthly training courses and annual open enrollment for benefits
· Assist employees with navigating self-service tools (ADP Payforce, Bswift and TimeSaver) and information on payroll and benefits
· Assist in the administration of the Employee Engagement Survey, validation meetings and follow up on action plans
· Organize team member quarterly events, wellness and community service events and team member communication
· Provide recruiting support by posting open positions, setting up interviews, conduct reference checks and communicating to candidates
· Lead recruiting and program development for the 2015 summer internship program providing 30 internships
· Work with new hires to ensure the accurate completion of new hire paperwork in compliance with applicable laws (I-9, tax forms, etc)
· Coordinate the administration of compensation, personnel action forms, and payroll changes
· Report and monitors all workers compensation incidents within OSHA compliance insurance claims

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University of Florida

Event Coordinator

· Updated booking details with Event Management System for over 200 events weekly, including conferences, performances, fashion shows, fundraisers and banquets
· Assisted with daily administrative duties including processing room requests, creating event diagrams in Meeting Matrix and editing the Event Management System reservation software
· Consulted clients and staff regarding the planning, execution and management of events in the 40,000 sq. ft. student union
· Provided superior customer service to student groups, departments, clients and building users in person, via phone and email

Career

University of Florida

Programming President & Board of Directors Member, Student Union

Awarded the University of Florida Division of Student Affairs Student Organization of the Year Award
Awarded the University of Florida Alumni Association's Outstanding Female Leader Award
· Executed over 145 events that serve over 30,000 students on a budget of $150,000
· Coordinated resources and managed a team of 150 active members and 19 directors and executive board members
· Conducted weekly meetings, a weekend long retreat and 4 educational sessions to train and promote social relationships among members

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TEDxUF

Director of Public Relations & Event Producer

· Organized the fourth and fifth annual TEDx Conferences with a team of students
· Planned, fund-raised and hosted the Technology, Entertainment and Design conferences for over 700 attendees
· Facilitated the speaker recruitment process to local and national though leaders, with high level speaker relationship management and regular correspondence with speakers
· Lead internal staff logistics coordinating regarding program specific event details, talk briefings and sound checks
· Coordinated six speakers, three live music/dance performances, 11 lab presenters, and over 40 volunteers each year

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

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Disson Skating

Production Assistant Intern

· Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular
· Assisted Stage Manager during dress rehearsal and production of live taping for NBC Sports
· Organized travel arrangements and meals for cast, crew and production executives
· Coordinated cast members travel itineraries and wrap event

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Morgans Hotel Group

Human Resources Summer Intern

· Assisted in facilitation of new hire orientation of company policies, benefits, emergency plans, sexual harassment training and professional development courses
· Effectively coordinated employee engagement events, wrote monthly newsletter and maintained hotel-wide bulletin boards to communicate with all employees in the 866 room hotel
· Maintained databases, tracked applicants and applications while advertising recruitment on Taleo

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ANN INC.

Sales Associate

· Consistently provided exceptional client experience
· Recovered and replenished the store, executed merchandising directives and maintained visual merchandising presentations
· Maintained a high level of product knowledge, by referring to season brand guides, product sheets and trying on products

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University of Florida

Director of Music Programming, Student Union

· Booked bands for the Local Brew Concert Series, negotiated with band managers and agents
· Setup co-sponsorships, organized contracts, conducted meetings with University Police Department and tech crews
· Planned 18 shows for local and regional artists and one national act show for an audience of 600 people.
· Managed a budget of $48,600
· Delegated responsibilities to a committee of 34 people, held competitive interviews to choose new members
· Strategized and implemented different marketing techniques for each event
· Designed new promotional items and merchandise using Adobe Creative Suite

Career

Camp Mataponi

Camp Counselor and Arts & Crafts Specialist

· Enhance campers experience, while taking responsibility for their health and well-being
· Plan, assist, and lead quality art & crafts lessons to campers 7-15 years old.
· Effectively communicate with all campers and staff to maintain a positive group living situation
· Create and logistically plan 16 creative art lessons for campers 7 through 15-years-old
· Teach one hour art classes to 52 students
· Maintain an encouraging demeanor during all lessons
· Effectively communicate directions and plans with all campers and staff to ensure a fun and educational environment.

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University of Florida

Bachelors of Science, Public Relations

Minor in Leadership and Event Management