Jennifer Winkin

Operations Manager

Location 15h@2xChicago, IL

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Summary

Over 15 years of experience in booking local and national talent, event management, management within the arts and entertainment industry - seasoned across Comedy, Dance, Music and Hospitality.

Over 15 years of experience in booking local and national talent, event management, management within the arts and entertainment industry - seasoned across Comedy, Dance, Music and Hospitality.

Work Experience
  • Operations Manager

    The Second CityChicago, IL, US
    Nov. 2011 to Feb. 2016 (4 years and 3 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Developed the UP Comedy Club brand under The Second City umbrella making it the destination stand-up comedy club in Chicago, booked local and national comedians, cultivated and maintained healthy relationships with top agents, managers and industry leaders including: Comedy Central, Netflix, The Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, The Moontower Comedy Festival, Rooftop Comedy, Levity Entertainment and LiveNation, identified and utilized internal talent to optimize highly produced shows, mentored and consulted with talent to be on the cutting edge of the industry, provided lectures for The Second City Training Center students, partnered with local bookstores to provide book signings and shows, guided aspiring arts administration students from Columbia College, maintained daily operations and worked closely with all departments across The Second City to provide a healthy working environment

    Awards:
    Recognized by Newcity: “Players 2015: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago”
  • Event Manager

    J.C. Restoration
    Feb. 2010 to May. 2011 (1 year and 2 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Managed all events on and off premise including a two day workshop with over 200 registrants – coordinating registration, speaker and sponsor profiles, handouts, programs, signage, catering, transportation and accommodations

  • Event Manager

    Gotham Comedy Club
    Dec. 2002 to Aug. 2008 (5 years and 8 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Multi-function position managing all marketing - including digital media marketing and publicity, events on and off site including rentals for TV and Film Shoots, booking talent, hiring and supervising 30+ staff members, contract negotiations, advancing, talent, clientele and vendor relations

  • Event Coordinator

    Ravinia Festival
    Jan. 1998 to Aug. 2000 (2 years and 7 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Developed strategic alliances between various schools, communities, key leaders and organizations and increasing the visibility of the Ravinia Festival brand by providing music teachers, mentors, performances and cultivating and maintaining relationships with Board of Trustees, Community Outreach Committee and Women’s Board

Education
Skills

Budgeting

Profit And Loss

Customer Service

Social Media

Vendor Management

Marketing / PR

Writing

Microsoft Office

POS Systems

Event Management / Organization

Staff Management of 20

Experience in a High Volume Environment

Staffing / scheduling

Payroll

Business Management

Conflict Resolution

Recruiting / hiring

Web Maintenance

Organizations & Volunteer Activity
  • Parent Board Member

    Jamieson Education Family and Friends
    Volunteer • Aug. 2009 to Present

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    Summary
    As a parent board member, I help to provide resources and foster community engagement to enhance the educational and enrichment goals for Jamieson Elementary School.
Interests
Food, Comedy, Arts, Reading, Dancing, Outdoors, Beer, Wine, Travel, Sports, Music
Languages
Spanish Basic
Tagalog Basic
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