Director; Conference Planning & Management
Julie Kieffer, Director of Conferences and Events, gets to work with a great team of coordinators who can help anyone plan and host an amazing event. Julie and her team have found hidden gem meeting locations, brought in puppies for attendee breaks, arranged fireworks for a conference closer, and just about everything in between. Julie came to the CYtes team in 2004 after spending time getting extensive experience in the hospitality and conference services industry. Clearly, she’s committed to giving the best Ames and ISU experience to her clients, and she loves matching planners with the best possible resources for their events. Julie has an MBA specializing in Sales and Marketing and is also a Certified Conference and Event Professional (CCEP).
Julie is a self-described foodie and loves discovering new restaurants and experimenting with new recipes. When she’s not around a kitchen, she’s most likely exploring miles of trails with her dogs if she isn’t spoiling her beautiful granddaughter.
Favorite Ames/ISU memory: Watching my daughter graduate from Iowa State University! I love going to the football games, and have attended concerts at Jack Trice, but this was a great opportunity to see the stadium in a new light! My daughter was part of the first class to graduate in Jack Trice; it was so fun to see the energy and excitement of many family members who had never experienced Jack Trice before!