This week on the Faces of Duuzra, we caught some time with our Head of Operations of the UK and AsiaPac, Stephanie Hopwood!
How long have you been with Duuzra? I first started with Duuzra in May 2013, so it will be 6 years this spring! My first role was on the fundraising side of the business, but I quickly moved over to work more with the corporate events team as the Client Services Manager. Even that seems like a lifetime ago and I now oversee operations in Europe and Asia Pacific.
Favorite things about events? I’ve worked in event related roles for over 10 years, and although we use Duuzra for sales, training and so much more, I am still very fond of events. Its fast paced and ever changing, which can be a challenge, but I think that is part of the fun.
Biggest Frustration? Flight delays!
Best Piece of Advice? I’m a positive person, so I’d say, focus on the solution rather than the problem and you’ll be surprised what you can achieve.
What’s on your desk? My laptop, phone, keys, an iPad which is charging for an upcoming meeting and my handbag (which contains most of my life!). My note book, open on this week’s to do list and a pen from one of our client’s events last year.
Most used app on your phone? Whatsapp, it’s the obvious one but it’s great for keeping in touch with everyone when working away. Slack is our work messenger, so for similar reasons this and the Duuzra mobile app are also high on the list.
Favorite city in the world? This is a difficult one… I love traveling and feel that I have a particular affinity to Asia, but in reality, I think my favorite cites are a little closer to home. Both Nice and Barcelona hold fond memories, being by the beach with a great mix of history, food, and culture makes for an excellent get away.
On the weekends, you can find me: There is usually a dog walk of some kind, I have a Yorkie with crazy amounts of energy for her small size and a long walk is a good way to tire her out. I’ve recently rekindled my love of yoga so I go to a weekend class whenever I’m at home and if there is opportunity to eat out one evening I’ll more than likely say yes.
Thank you for taking time off your busy schedule Steph, it was great to have this chat and to understand more about you!
Keep this eye on the space and we will see you next time! 😊