Katie Fernstaedt


What do you really do at work?
I am in charge of planning the logistics for four educational meetings throughout the year for my two clients: the Association of University Professors of Neurology (AUPN) and the General Thoracic Surgical Club (GTSC). I help my clients grow and reach their goals, while striving to meet and exceed their expectations. I ensure all details are taken care of in a prompt and professional manner so my clients can focus on reaching the organization’s full potential.

Describe your Perfect Day.
My perfect day involves traveling to a new city or state, seeing the sights and asking the locals for recommendations on the best restaurants and wineries. The day would end with star gazing in a grassy field while imagining where my next adventure will lead me.

What’s your Superpower?
The Animal Whisper: the strays always seem to find me. Thankfully, I’ve only adopted one of them.

My co-workers call me 'eagle eyes'. I have a knack for looking at the minute details when it comes to reviewing agendas, letters, registration sites, etc.

What’s your life motto?
“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”

What inspires you?
I am inspired by others who are experts in the areas I wish to improve on. Whether at work or in my personal life, I find myself observing others to learn how they handle certain situations. I feel like you can never stop learning and improving in life and by observing the people around me, I am inspired to become a better and more successful version of myself.

Katie grew up in Baraboo, WI. She never felt limited on reaching her goals/dreams and worked hard to achieve them. Those goals/dreams led her to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from UW-Green Bay, study abroad in Florence, Italy, travel the world and move to Minnesota to follow her dreams of furthering her career.

She has been in the meeting management field since 2012 and her skills include fundraising, negotiating, multi-tasking and always giving 110%.

Katie is a hardworking, creative person who sees the good in all people. She enjoys, traveling, theater, snuggles with her cat Pippa and insists on never losing her inquisitive nature.