Find out more about Noelle Hulshizer our Programs & Operations Coordinator!
How long have you been working at Fusion?
I began in January 2020, right before the Pandemic.
Where are you from and where are you currently?
I am from a small town called Grafton, located in northern Iowa. I moved to Minneapolis after I graduated from college in 2019.
What was your background before joining Fusion? (education, work history, etc.)
I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Public Relations, gaining experience in PR, marketing, digital media, and the like. My first job out of college was at a consulting firm who provides services to multiple nonprofit organizations. This increased my interest in nonprofits even more.
What does your role at Fusion entail?
I provide program and event support, assist in marketing and attendee engagement, and help manage organizational operations. Last year the Pandemic pivoted part of my role to virtual events, leading me to become our virtual events technical coordinator. I became our virtual platform ‘guru’ as well as a trainer for our speakers. This year I’ve taken on more marketing activities, including social media, designing emails, and even interviewing our board members.
How do you define success in your role/what signifies you’ve had a successful event/program/campaign?
Receiving great feedback from our conference and event attendees is what warms my heart. I love bringing people together and the synergy and learning experiences that comes with our events. If our attendees leave an event with new connections and innovative ideas, I think it was successful.
What’s been your proudest moment OR what has been your favorite event/program/campaign?
I appreciate the connections Fusion has given me. Through the Ramsey County League of Local Governments (RCLLG), for example, I have been able to work with city and school officials and staff, and through RCLLG’s programs, I am able to hear firsthand the critical issues that are being discussed at the local, regional, and State level. Fusion has ultimately introduced me to some impressive and talented people! For a few of our programs I was in charge of the training our speakers on our virtual platforms, and it was fun to get to know such a variety of experts. Shannon Polson, one of the first women to fly an Apache helicopter in the Army, is just one of those experts I’ve had the privilege of meeting.
What advice would you give someone just starting in your role?
Don’t be afraid to mold your role to your strengths and what you are interested in. My favorite part of my role is how I’ve been given a say in what I do. If I’m interested in a certain area, I can pursue professional development in that area or take on tasks geared to those areas. It reminds me to stay curious.
Outside of Fusion Learning Partners…
What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
I like to sing! My family is somewhat musically-inclined, so I’ve grown up singing in school choir, show choir, church choir, and just with my family members. We have a little family Christmas program in which my four siblings, parents, aunts/uncles and cousins perform different medleys and songs. I look forward to it every year.
Do you have a favorite quote and why?
“Everything happens for a reason” because I tend to be an over-thinker.
Who is your celebrity crush and why?
Leonardo DiCaprio! (If only he were younger…) Titanic is my dad and I’s favorite movie, plus Leo is a huge climate activist, something I am very passionate about.
Favorite binge T.V. show or other pandemic past time?
I really enjoyed the show “Dark” on Netflix. It’s based in Germany and deals with time travel. I also like the Office, the 100, Ozark, and I need to watch Game of Thrones!