Nicole Coon


What do you really do at work?

Supporting the mission and vision of IATL by collaborating with leadership, volunteers, members, IATL Foundation, and the IATL team. This support includes governance, financial management, strategy, operations, communication, meeting and event planning, and connection.

Describe your Perfect Day.

Includes a well-balanced mix of productivity, socialization, creativity, and rest/rejuvenation. Whether it be a project at home — most likely, dinner with friends or connecting with my family, getting creative (painting, home décor or DIY problem solving), and time to relax. A given to any day will include a walk or two with my rescue dog Hazel.

What’s your Superpower?

It’s a tie between creativity and organization!

What’s your life motto?

A few adages I use often are “motivation follows action (not the other way around)” and “don’t put it down put it away.”

What inspires you?

My personal mission is to make things lovely, and people feel extraordinary – much of what inspires me is a passion for how I can live my mission daily. I’m also inspired by people and love connecting.

Her Story:

Nicole Coon is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with 12+ years of association experience.

Recognized for creativity and attention to detail, Nicole exhibits comprehensive strength in strategic planning, stakeholder collaboration, program development, marketing, meeting and event design, fiscal accountability, customer service, and leadership. In addition, she has worked with numerous volunteer committees and closely with boards.

During her tenure with her former employer, which was a standalone association, she held roles which included the realm of Marketing, Education, Leadership, Membership, and Events.

Nicole is involved with Meeting Professionals International as a global facilitator and served on the MPI Minnesota Chapter board for five years including a year as Chapter President 2019-2020.

Roseville, Minnesota is home for Nicole who attained her bachelor’s degree from NDSU (go Bison! 🤘), and her CMP designation from the Events Industry Council in 2014. She enjoys entertaining, volunteering, creating, and DIYing her home. In addition, she enjoys staying active with golf, co-rec softball and countless miles with her rescue dog Hazel.