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Sydney Turnbull

Sydney Turnbull

Events Assistant

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

I coordinate academic events and make sure they run smoothly regardless of flight delays, visa issues, bad weather, and lost iPads.





King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Events Assistant

As an Events Planner for the Office of Enrichment Programs, I play a leading role in providing administrative assistance and coordinating support in the planning of major academic events, special productions, and projects during KAUST’S annual seasonal series: Winter, Spring, and Fall Enrichment Programs. Our mission in the department is to inspire, engage, and broaden the student and campus community experience at KAUST with events, projects, and “talks” that exceed traditional academia. I am particularly well-versed in identifying concepts and project designs, coordinating promotional materials, and directing logistical planning with over 40 KAUST departments to ensuring the successful execution of events.


The Aspen Institute

Events Coordinator, Aspen Global Leadership Network

Oversee global events for 20 to 300+ international Fortune 500 managers and dignitaries in such locales as NYC, Aspen, India, Cyprus, Greece, South Africa, Jordan; create and implement sophisticated registration applications through RegOnline; create personalized database layouts, specialized reports, and data entry with FileMaker software for senior management protocol; manage BEOs and rooming lists with multiple 5-star hotels both internationally and domestically; track client flight reservations; handle RFPs and vendor payments; maintain Basecamp database for flawless seminar implementation (computer checklists and toolkit); create and analyze post-event surveys for senior management report, (part of the team rated 4.9 out of 5 by Aspen Action Forum participants for overall expertise and service); maintains on-going relationships with current participants, donors, and alumnus as well as rapport with domestic and international program partners and sponsors.


Aspen Action Forum 2014 Wrap-Up

Participants share what makes the Action Forum so unique and the Action Pledges they are committing to on in their communities as a result.

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Massachusetts General Hospital

Event Coordinator, Development (contracted position)

Provided administrative support in all aspects of event planning/execution/follow-up including but not limited to administrative duties, mail merges, vendor/guest relations, registration management for multi-million dollar fundraisers including signature Storybook Ball 2012 as well as other notable Mass General fundraisers and events. Additionally, created briefing materials for all department personnel; coordinated room/space rentals, catering, and photography for events. Well-versed in Raiser’s Edge database entry and record exporting, processing tax receipt paperwork, and computer RSVP systems.


The 2013 Aspen Action Forum - Wrap Up

The wrap up video for the 2013 Aspen Action Forum.

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Museum of Science, Boston

Assistant, Lectures and Special Programs

Engaged in prospective lecture/program research, managed event set up & break down, database entry, writing & distribution of collateral materials, museum liaison for guest speakers & special exhibit personnel, archive organization.


Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

Assistant, Development

Raiser’s Edge database implementation & entry, create briefing memos, capital campaign advancement, administrative work, event planning

Lesley College

Bachelor of Science, Arts Management

University of the Arts London

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Criticism, Curation, & Communication

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