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Webinar: Opportunities and Outlooks for Young Professionals in the Industry

Event Type: Education
Venue: Online
Member Price: $0 | Nonmember Price: $29
Credit Hour(s): 1

In 2020, various entertainment industries have been forced to implement staff layoffs, role eliminations and hiring freezes in response to COVID-19. Though the attractions industry has been affected, we have also witnessed colleagues and veterans from every corner of the business rally to support our young professionals. This webinar will outline various organizations, independent group projects, online communities, volunteer and educational opportunities available for those new to the attractions industry. 

Participants will:

  • Hear timely opportunities for young professionals in the attractions industry.
  • Understand the value of years of experience, education, and effort already invested.
  • Learn how to expand your network and connect with others. 

A question and answer session will follow the webinar.




Jessica Shock, ICAM

Jessica Shock, ICAM

Sr. Specialist, Corporate Communications - Story Lab,, Home Depot

Jessica is an IAAPA Certified Attractions Manager (ICAM) with more than four years of in-house Communications and Public Relations experience within the attractions industry. She's been an IAAPA Expo attendee since 2016, and her previous industry experience includes Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and Herschend Family Entertainment's Wild Adventures Theme Park.

Jessi O’Daniel

Jessi O’Daniel

Vice President of Guest Experience, Kentucky Kingdom

Jessi O’Daniel is the Vice President of Guest Experience at Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay, an amusement and water park located in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Jessi oversees a wide variety of departments at Kentucky Kingdom including admissions, custodial, security, entertainment, games, retail, and social media. Jessi is also the spokesperson for the park and enjoys working closely with media and influencers. She has represented the park at several roller coaster enthusiast events, on different news outlets and other events across the region. 

New to the IAAPA Young Professionals Committee in 2019, Jessi is enjoying growing her involvement with IAAPA and helping other young people pursue their passions within the industry.