Testimonials

Hi Care!

Just a quick note to say thanks again for your Feng Shui appointment in my home office. Your insights were on target and my office is now a beautiful work in progress.  We are making the adjustments you discussed with us and we found five hexagonal mirrors at Ikea and placed them over the window to capture the missing pieces.  We moved the big bookshelf behind my desk to the lower level, and for now, replaced it with the low bookshelf, although we found a closed, barrister-style bookcase with two shelves that we’ll order when the budget allows.  We filled the space where the low bookshelf was with a huge fern on a plant stand–very healthy!

We put both the typewriter and my desk chair up for sale; hoping those come through soon.  And I’m very busy resetting the long wall of bookshelves to fit the Bagua.  We also ordered a great red-and-khaki welcome mat and placed red geraniums in the planter outside.  We have “Ultimate Om” playing on continual loop, too.  All because of you! —  Robin

Recently, I ran into Carolyn Vinup at a leadership breakfast event and told her about my marketing plans for my business which involved undertaking a new endeavor. I shared with her a little about the discomfort and truth be told, procrastination I had around it. Carolyn, acting as an enthusiastic, gentle persuader, gave me the nudge I needed to take action to get the task done. It’s really within Carolyn’s presence that you feel that inspirational push you need to go to the next level. Truly, she’s a catalyst for those around her to “maximize” their own possibilities. -Marcia Jedd, Marcia Jedd & Associates LLC

“Carolyn, you are a rock star!  We are very happy with your leadership and day-to-day management of the first Good Leadership Conference.  Thank you so much for your dedication, hard work and your diplomatic way of keeping things moving.
Here are some of the comments from our team:

  • Working with Carolyn is a true treat.  Her dedication to the small details and the excellence of presentation guarantees exceptional results.   This was our first Good Leadership Conference, we had a lot to learn as we planned and implemented.  Carolyn was an exceptional mentor.  She managed a wide variety of changes and our planning team with calm, direct leadership.   When the day of the conference arrived we were ready for success and to enjoy our hard work.  
  • Carolyn provided a terrific wrap up summary and copy of all marketing materials that will serve as the format for our next conference.   The knowledge and skills she shared with us not only assured a successful first conference but continued success as our company grows and produces more events. 
  • I highly recommend Carolyn Vinup.  Her upbeat personality and detail oriented leadership style makes her a true asset to any company.

In summary, we look forward to working with you again.  Thank you.

Seize the day!” – Paul Batz, President   What Really Works (November 2012)

“Carolyn, this is WHO YOU ARE!”…excerpt from Evolve by Rosebeth Moss Kanter, “The best collabronauts are good at making connections, both human and intellectual. They are constantly on the lookout for new ways to benefit from combining forces with partners. They venture into unfamiliar territory, make deals, and return with knowledge that transforms their home world. They bring organizations closer together, introduce people, and build relationships among groups of people that can initially seem like aliens to one another….They convince their colleagues to forget the old rules and try something new, something that comes with having partners.” September 2011 – Brenda Dickenson, Dean of Continuing Education at Normandale Community College

“Carolyn Vinup is an absolute dynamo. She is a wonderful collaborator and works toward the good of all. She is passionate about empowering and educating people and helping them to discover themselves. Any program this woman has a part in is absolute gold. I highly recommend Carolyn Vinup for anything and everything she has an interest in pursuing.”- August 2012 -Deanna Reiter, Author & Speaker, Expert on Positive Thinking and Releasing Self Sabotage

“Carolyn is a connector, a doer, and a leader in many fields- including Integrative Health. I have been honored to work with her in numerous projects and highly recommend her services.” July 2012 – Valerie Lis, Owner Courses for Life, Emotional Freedom Techniques trainer, instructor and practitioner

Dear Carolyn,
I am impressed by your diversity of knowledge for the work you do for Normandale College, and the high quality of the huge number of classes you endorse for the Integrative Health and Wellness Program. In addition, you know each instructor personally, creating a warm and supportive environment for all of us who are instructors. The enthusiasm you bring to the classes is contagious, and we all love working with you. You are the heart and soul of this expanding wisdom culture at Normandale.- June 2012 – Barbara Everett, Spiritual Evolution, instructor and trainer

“Carolyn Vinup is the quintessential radio host; extremely charming, great sense of humor and timing, knowledgeable about topics and able to ask insightful questions. She is the bridge between innate talent and the fruition and application thereof. Carolyn allows those who have skills and abilities to be seen for who they truly are! HZ P.S. Carolyn Vinup, being who she is and doing what she does, comes with my highest recommendation.- Hanakia Zedek February 13, 2012

“It was our pleasure and honor to have been sponsored by Carolyn Vinup for the Soundsations Conference at Normandale College in Minneapolis, MN. Carolyn’s expertise in producing events is truly outstanding.

We have been teaching and traveling throughout the world together for well over a dozen years.  Of all the hundreds of workshops and presentations we have given, the event Carolyn Vinup produced is among the very best we’ve ever experienced.  Carolyn Vinup’s expertise in creating, marketing, and promoting events such as the Soundsations Conference is extraordinary. Carolyn has the ability to work  graciously and efficiently with people at every level…she gets things done timely and with grace and ease!

We not only recommend Carolyn Vinup—we look forward to working with her again in producing another event in the very near future.”

June 2011 – Jonathan Goldman & Andi Goldman, Internationally Acclaimed Authors and Teachers

Carolyn is one of the most energetic, authentic, creative, organized, and inspiring people I have ever met! She is multi-talented as a business owner, developer, and strategist. I have worked with and known Carolyn in several capacities including an event planner, teacher, feng shui expert, negotiator, leader, and motivator to name just a few. She can take a broad idea with tight deadlines and the end result is always above and beyond what was expected! She gets it done and always with a little bit of fun! She has a natural ability to bring clarity and focus to any situation, shows dedication and support of people with all that she does, and anyone who crosses paths with her cannot help but benefit from her wealth of experience and knowledge. Carolyn’s work ethic, enthusiasm, and smile are contagious and she is an asset to any person, team, or company that gets to know and work with her. – October 7, 2011, Andrea (Marketing Manager and Media Relations at The Emmerich Group ) 

“Carolyn is one of the most enthusiastic, energetic and creative business professionals I know. I’ve worked with Carolyn on a number of PR, marketing and training projects at Normandale Community College. She is great to work with and I highly recommend her. She is a real “possibility thinker” who gets results – no matter what the project is. Not only does she “think outside the box”; she encourages others to do the same, which is very motivating and exciting. I love working with her because she is energetic, passionate, positive and committed to excellence. Plus, she is a lot of fun to work with!” – September 14, 2011, Barbara Mednick, Strategic Communications & PR Consultant, BKM Consulting, Inc.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Carolyn in 4 capacities. I know Carolyn as:

1. a Teacher. She has brilliantly facilitated and/or co-facilitated a number of classes that I have attended at Normandale. She is a knowledgeable, fun, engaging and motivating instructor. 2. an Events Coordinator. Carolyn organizes, manages, promotes and delivers a seamless production! Her project management and client support / interaction skills are amazing! 3. the Workforce Partnership and Development Specialist. Carolyn very much impresses me with her sincere need to understand and appropriately meet the needs of dislocated workers. She is changing the meaning of the word ‘partnership” and is putting Normandale on the map for people in career transition! 4. a Healer. I am honored to have had Carolyn facilitate a healing for me! It was supportive, interactive and transformational. I have no words to describe her sound healing work; it needs to be experienced.

Carolyn has managed to successfully integrate professional and spiritual elements into her own personal brand. She is an inspiration. Kudos to Carolyn!”- July 21, 2010,  Claire K. Nelligan, Employment Counselor, State of MN

“In a word? WOW. Carolyn took an idea for an event and somehow managed to pull together three different host organizations, and over 20 speakers for an event that knocked all our socks off … in just 6 weeks! Despite the size and scope (over 500 attendees), she made me feel like I was the only speaker of the day and I was well-taken care of from beginning to end. Carolyn is an exciting visionary who also knows how to get it done. If you want an event they’ll be talking about for ages, look no further; Carolyn will get it done. And she’s great fun to boot.” – June 28, 2010, Catherine Byers Breet, Chief Stripe Changer / Career Coach / Strategic Recruiting, ARBEZ (www.arbez.com)

“A master organizer and producer, Carolyn makes things happen and brings high value to her clients and the community. She takes concepts and turns them into reality. Carolyn led the successful Change Your Stripes event at Normandale CC in conjunction with DEED and the MN Workforce Center that was attended by more than 700 people. Her relationship building skills, positive attitude and innovation exceed expectations at any project or event that she manages. Carolyn gets the Law of Attraction. It is always a pleasure to work with her. I highly recommend Carolyn.” Top qualities: Expert, Good Value, Creative  – June 23, 2010, ANNE PRYOR, M.A.

“Carolyn is “can do” and “take charge” in all of her endeavors. Her energy, vision and purpose inspires all, moving the team forward towards more innovation.” – June 14, 2010 , Jeanne Larson, President & CEO, The Incubator

“Carolyn has a thirst for continual growth and learning and has a keen ability to create connections and ties between all that she experiences and learns in her life. As a small business owner, she has the business and financial acumen to understand successful business and marketing processes and models. As an event planner, she has project management and time management expertise and experience that she utilizes in everything that she does. As a holistic health practitioner, she understands human development and interpersonal communication/relationships and as someone who has worked in the service industry for many years, she understands the true essence of customer service. Using all these talents, Carolyn has provided Normandale with 110% in every role she has been in.” – June 3, 2010, Sunny Ainley, Director, Normandale Community College

“Carolyn truly understands how to deal and motivate people within her orbit. I found her very easy to work with, timely and innovative in handling business situations.” – June 3, 2010, Steve Beseke, DLR, CWP, President and Chief Motivational / Marketing Communications / Personal Brand Strategist, Resilient Communications

“Many years ago, when I was first getting to know Carolyn, I told her that I found her “inspirational”. Today I believe that more than ever. Carolyn lives a life filled with big dreams and big accomplishments. She is a master connector, who always focuses on how she can help others – rather than how she might benefit personally. Wherever she is you’ll find people living their passion and having fun doing it. I am proud to call her my friend and colleague.” – June 3, 2010, Rich Muller, Owner, The Business Development Portal

“Carolyn is a big picture, collaborative partner who has more ideas than anyone. Most importantly, Carolyn implements ideas at warp speed! Carolyn has the ability to uncover your biggest business dreams and goals and turn them into results.” – June 3, 2010, Liz Weatherhead, Customized Training Representative, Normandale Community College

“I am grateful to have worked with Carolyn over the years on a number of special events, classes and unique projects. She is a true living example of someone who understands and applies the Law of Attraction with remarkable results! She is able to attract and assemble elite teams of experts easily for her projects. She can meld seemingly opposite programs and people to work in perfect harmony for the greater good of all. Her events are always first class and participants learn and grow tremendously. She is a consummate marketer, visionary, innovator, highly skilled in customer service principles, especially willing to “go the extra mile” for others! She has a driven, goal achieving mindset and makes great things happen, concept to completion! Carolyn was part of the inspiration for my new book, Superconscious Power, and has provided constant encouragement to me throughout the writing process. She inspires and motivates others to achieve their dreams. Carolyn has earned a 5 star recommendation from me as well as EVERYONE I have spoken to about her work! Feel free to contact me in regard to Carolyn at: www.powermindtraining.com” – August 19, 2011, Michael Monroe Kiefer Ph.D., President, powermindtraining.com

“Carolyn is beyond amazing at what she does. She has an uncanny ability to find the best people and programs, and package them so that everyone involved benefits, from the presenting institution or corporation, to the teachers and presenters, and of course, all of those who attend.

Carolyn brings her best, authentic self to everything she does, whether it’s business or personal. She is one of those rare people who stays centered, relaxed and happy, while handling a tremendous amount of organization and detail. I’ve known and worked with her for over 8 years, and every encounter has resulted in something good.” – June 16, 2010, Kay Grace, Holistic Practitioner and Life Coach, Energy Express, Inc.

This letter is in support of the value of continuing Carolyn Vinup’s position, as Workforce Partnership & Development and Program Specialist for Continuing Education & Customized Training.  The position seems to have been designed for her since she has natural talents as a collaborator, event planner, facilitator, and, of course, sincere passion.  From concept to follow through, Carolyn has many unique talents that would lend themselves to her continuing in the position and, hopefully, take this partnership to the next level.

Hennepin South Workforce Center has been very fortunate to have a successful partnership with NCC from Day One which has involved many collaborative events (classes, Job Fair, Educator or the Day, and Rebranding event) which have involved many of our staff and your staff, and our partners, and which have served hundreds of job seekers which we hope to continue. Many of these events have involved stimulus funds but others, like the “Rebranding”, have mostly been successful as a result of dedicated people like Carolyn who put in many long hours to make it a huge success. As you know, she coordinated the overall event and since she knew the Normandale staff and I knew our staff and the networking groups, we were able to combine our knowledge and work together effectively. She quickly bonded with our DEED and partner staff, and I told her “we considered her family”.

It takes a collaborative individual like Carolyn to be a liaison between both our organizations and she has offered many times to do what she can to do foster this partnership.  Carolyn came to almost every class we offered to enhance her knowledge about what we do and gave valuable insight as a “participant observer” and I am impressed that she had the initiative (and time management skills) to go through the Global Career Development Facilitator training.  She also aptly presented the details and results of various events and got others involved..

Most recently, I noted her leadership and event planning skills in the “Rebranding Your Career” event which attracted 500 participants and many volunteers. From an event that started as a two hour workshop, it quickly expanded and I was drawn into it (despite many other time commitments) as a result of her passion and my desire to maximize our partnership and, consequently,  we had many late night marathon email dialogues and spontaneous meetings when she was here including with other staff.  She provided enough, but not too much, direction for Pat Thiewes, who served as the Volunteer Coordinator, so that Pat could do her own thing and Carolyn had every detail covered (unless, perhaps, it was a rainy day which, thankfully, it wasn’t).

Based on our April 20th meeting, there was interest in co-sponsoring addition community events such as a Health Care Expo with health care related schools, recruiters, and organizations and it would be most valuable for us to work with Carolyn again.  I am not sure about her other duties, but, if she does everything else like she has done in working with us, she must always give more than 100% to the position.  In addition, she is very pleasant and easy to work with.  I am looking forward to continued cooperative ventures with Carolyn and the rest of the Normandale staff and faculty. – June 8, 2010, Laurie Trach, Workforce Specialist – Hennepin South Workforce Center

I am writing this letter in praise and admiration for Carolyn Vinup, event guru extraordinaire. I have hired Carolyn for the past three years as an event consultant on the Star Tribune State Fair project. She brings incredible organization, experience and class to any event she touches. 

Over the past three years, Carolyn has single handedly taken a poor working relationship with the Minnesota State Fair, and transformed it into one of trust and respect.  We have gone from the Fair not returning our phone calls, to receiving appreciative Christmas Cards from them. Carolyn did this by building an honest and mutually responsive communication line with Fair management. While they still do not grant all our requests, they are willing to listen and are happy to get us what we need to be successful. This was unheard of three years ago.

Carolyn has brought the Star Tribune State Fair booth to a new level. Under her leadership, we increased the customer service caliber at the booth, and steadily increased our level of merchandise and single copy newspaper sales. We have attracted bright, energetic employees who have fun at the booth and support a positive Star Tribune image.  Our booth looks as good as it ever has, with Carolyn working continually to maintain, repair and upgrade the features of a very limited physical space. From hanging signs to scheduling staff to managing cash, inventory and closing reports. Carolyn’s incredible attention to every detail has kept us on task and maintained positive vendor relations.  Her ability to timeline all aspects of our State Fair project have allowed me to focus on the promotional aspects of the event, and have enabled me to do the rest of my job outside the Fair project effectively. She has been a vital support to me and The Star Tribune Company.

As a team player and hired consultant, Carolyn is second to none. She can diplomatically negotiate the best out of anyone, any organization. As a person, she is beyond reproach and of the highest standards. I would highly recommend Carolyn for any event project you are undertaking. She has a true passion for the projects she takes on and it shows in her incredible energy and her complete dedication. — Janet Lindblad, Senior Consumer Account Executive – Star Tribune.

I can’t speak highly enough of the professional and personal skills and capabilities of Carolyn Vinup, who is president of HPSS Global, in addition to her many other responsibilities. I have known Carolyn for over twelve years and can testify to her incredible level of expertise in almost every area. I have owned my own holistic business for 25 years, have served over 30,000 clients worldwide in that amount of time, and have over 10 books on the market (in over 14 languages.) AND…I’ve never met anyone who can perform the following and more with such integrity and amazing strengths:

  • Workplace consulting. Carolyn has a keen grasp of the needs of organizations and individuals and can quickly hone in on the real issues, in addition to strategizing immediate and long-term strategies. Plus she can encourage people to enjoy making the changes they need to make. I have worked with Carolyn with several of my own clients and she’s made the difference between success and failure-or at least, treading water.
  • Event organizing and implementation. I’ve watched Carolyn put together events for a few people to thousands. She is extraordinarily detailed, completely accurate in regard to budget management, and so creative, I’m always astounded. I have attended many of her events and also hired her to organize many of my own. Everyone raves, for good reason.
  • Program design and coordination. Carolyn has represented me for several years, assisting me with program design and implementation and as a speaker’s representative. Everything she does reflects classiness and connection; is thorough and marketable; and has always exceeded any of my goals. Actually her work has surpassed any goals I have set.
  • Speaker and presenter. Carolyn and I have often spoken together and I have attended her workshops, both at Normandale College as well as at corporate, governmental, and non-profit workplace venues. People love her. She is clear, descriptive, touching, humorous, and so approachable. In fact, we have additional speaking projects coming up; her ability to present singly and partnered is assuring—I hardly ever have to prepare, she is so clear and great with “flow.”
  • Personal integrity. I count Carolyn as a friend. She is COMPLETELY honest, works diligently and consistently, meets every deadline, and lives the values she espouses. She cares deeply about her family and friends and no matter how busy she is, knows how to “be there.”I would be happy to provide more insight about Carolyn in these or any other capacity. Thank you for the opportunity to share the briefest of words about her – Cyndi Dale, LSS Corp.

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Carolyn Vinup, founder, HPSS Global, Inc., for the Global Career Development Facilitator certification program inclusion for the exceptional work that she is doing with Normandale Community College and the Minnesota Workforce Centers on behalf of creating career development programs and providing coach services for the Twin Cities career transition community. Carolyn is a trusted advisor and is a master at seeing, knowing and activating people’s dreams to assist us all to do our highest and greatest good. Her mission is to “deliver excellence and to help people find ways to create beauty and to celebrate life”. She lives her brand of paying-it-forward by always being positive and available to assist others in networking, connecting and implementing their dreams.

Her futuristic ideas have resulted in many beneficial program development and business development opportunities for the career community. I will never forget the last words that Carolyn said to me as I departed my last meeting with her, “Anne, just dream, dream big and I will find a way to implement them.” Imagine someone with the confidence, unselfish love and commitment to say that to others. The best part is she means it and she carries it out. I am honored to have Carolyn as my friend and colleague. I highly regard Carolyn for this certification. Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions. Be well – Anne Pryor, Pryority Partnership, Inc.

I write to recommend Carolyn Vinup for a Global Career Development Facilitators Certificate. Throughout her varied and deep career she has developed a bevy of skills including leadership, values and vision. Those skills are exemplified through her experience in a corporate setting, retail environment and as an entrepreneur as well. Acting in many roles, peer, manager, colleague, and leader, she exhibits her various skills in a fluid manner.

Carolyn and I have been friends for thirty seven years. We have raised our children together and, shared family events and the problem solving confluent with all of those interactions. She models big picture thinking and small detail attention, simultaneously. I believe her family focus in conjunction with her career skills are a combination difficult to replicate. As a host for multiple au pairs, over many years, she also esteems cultural traditions and diversity and honors the individuality of all people regardless of their race, religion, or abilities.

Carolyn has an amazing enthusiasm for life and a positive outlook on the challenges she encounters. She shares joy and success with those around her in an unselfish and gracious manner. It is my privilege to recommend Carolyn Vinup for the GCDFC and I encourage you to contact me if I can add further detail. Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to Carolyn’s continued success.   Regards,  – Maura Steblay, MAEd, Licensed Parent Educator

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“Carolyn, you are a rock star!  We are very happy with your leadership and day-to-day management of the first Good Leadership Conference.  Thank you so much for your dedication, hard work and your diplomatic way of keeping things moving.

Here are some of the comments from our team:

  • Working with Carolyn is a true treat.  Her dedication to the small details and the excellence of presentation guarantees exceptional results.   This was our first Good Leadership Conference, we had a lot to learn as we planned and implemented.  Carolyn was an exceptional mentor.  She managed a wide variety of changes and our planning team with calm, direct leadership.   When the day of the conference arrived we were ready for success and to enjoy our hard work.  
  • Carolyn provided a terrific wrap up summary and copy of all marketing materials that will serve as the format for our next conference.   The knowledge and skills she shared with us not only assured a successful first conference but continued success as our company grows and produces more events. 
  • I highly recommend Carolyn Vinup.  Her upbeat personality and detail oriented leadership style makes her a true asset to any company.

In summary, we look forward to working with you again.  Thank you.

Seize the day!” – Paul Batz, President   What Really Works (November 2012)

“It was our pleasure and honor to have been sponsored by Carolyn Vinup for the Soundsations Conference at Normandale College in Minneapolis, MN. Carolyn’s expertise in producing events is truly outstanding.

We have been teaching and traveling throughout the world together for well over a dozen years. Of all the hundreds of workshops and presentations we have given, the event Carolyn Vinup produced is among the very best we’ve ever experienced. Carolyn Vinup’s expertise in creating, marketing, and promoting events such as the Soundsations Conference is extraordinary. Carolyn has the ability to work graciously and efficiently with people at every level…she gets things done timely and with grace and ease!

We not only recommend Carolyn Vinup—we look forward to working with her again in producing another event in the very near future.”

June 2011 – Jonathan Goldman & Andi Goldman, Internationally Acclaimed Authors and Teachers

I am writing this letter in praise and admiration for Carolyn Vinup, event guru extraordinaire. I have hired Carolyn for the past three years as an event consultant on the Star Tribune State Fair project. She brings incredible organization, experience and class to any event she touches.

Over the past three years, Carolyn has single handedly taken a poor working relationship with the Minnesota State Fair, and transformed it into one of trust and respect. We have gone from the Fair not returning our phone calls, to receiving appreciative Christmas Cards from them. Carolyn did this by building an honest and mutually responsive communication line with Fair management. While they still do not grant all our requests, they are willing to listen and are happy to get us what we need to be successful. This was unheard of three years ago.

Carolyn has brought the Star Tribune State Fair booth to a new level. Under her leadership, we increased the customer service caliber at the booth, and steadily increased our level of merchandise and single copy newspaper sales. We have attracted bright, energetic employees who have fun at the booth and support a positive Star Tribune image. Our booth looks as good as it ever has, with Carolyn working continually to maintain, repair and upgrade the features of a very limited physical space. From hanging signs to scheduling staff to managing cash, inventory and closing reports. Carolyn’s incredible attention to every detail has kept us on task and maintained positive vendor relations. Her ability to timeline all aspects of our State Fair project have allowed me to focus on the promotional aspects of the event, and have enabled me to do the rest of my job outside the Fair project effectively. She has been a vital support to me and The Star Tribune Company.

As a team player and hired consultant, Carolyn is second to none. She can diplomatically negotiate the best out of anyone, any organization. As a person, she is beyond reproach and of the highest standards. I would highly recommend Carolyn for any event project you are undertaking. She has a true passion for the projects she takes on and it shows in her incredible energy and her complete dedication. — Janet Lindblad, Senior Consumer Account Executive – Star Tribune.

“Carolyn has a thirst for continual growth and learning and has a keen ability to create connections and ties between all that she experiences and learns in her life. As a business owner, she has the business and financial acumen to understand successful business and marketing processes and models. As an event planner, she has project management and time management expertise and experience that she utilizes in everything that she does.

As a holistic health practitioner, she understands human development and interpersonal communication/relationships and as someone who has worked in the service industry for many years, she understands the true essence of customer service. Using all these talents, Carolyn has provided Normandale with 110% in every role she has been in.” – June 3, 2010, Sunny Ainley, Director, Normandale Community College

Carolyn is one of the most energetic, authentic, creative, organized, and inspiring people I have ever met! She is multi-talented as a business owner, developer, and strategist. I have worked with and known Carolyn in several capacities including an event planner, teacher, Feng Shui expert, negotiator, leader, and motivator to name just a few. She can take a broad idea with tight deadlines and the end result is always above and beyond what was expected! She gets it done and always with a little bit of fun!

She has a natural ability to bring clarity and focus to any situation, shows dedication and support of people with all that she does, and anyone who crosses paths with her cannot help but benefit from her wealth of experience and knowledge. Carolyn’s work ethic, enthusiasm, and smile are contagious and she is an asset to any person, team, or company that gets to know and work with her. – October 7, 2011, Andrea (Marketing Manager and Media Relations at The Emmerich Group)

“In a word? WOW. Carolyn took an idea for an event and somehow managed to pull together three different host organizations, and over 20 speakers for an event that knocked all our socks off … in just 6 weeks! Despite the size and scope (over 600 attendees), she made me feel like I was the only speaker of the day and I was well-taken care of from beginning to end. Carolyn is an exciting visionary who also knows how to get it done. If you want an event they’ll be talking about for ages, look no further; Carolyn will get it done. And she’s great fun to boot.” – June 28, 2010, Catherine Byers Breet, Chief Stripe Changer / Career Coach / Strategic Recruiting, ARBEZ (www.arbez.com)

“A master organizer and producer, Carolyn makes things happen and brings high value to her clients and the community. She takes concepts and turns them into reality. Carolyn led the successful Change Your Stripes event at Normandale CC in conjunction with DEED and the MN Workforce Center that was attended by more than 600 people. Her relationship building skills, positive attitude and innovation exceed expectations at any project or event that she manages. Carolyn gets the Law of Attraction. It is always a pleasure to work with her. I highly recommend Carolyn.” Top qualities: Expert, Good Value, Creative – June 23, 2010, ANNE PRYOR, M.A.

I wanted to take the time to personally thank you for all of your efforts helping us plan and execute our recent Innovation Takes Root Conference in Los Colinas, Texas. Having been involved with large Technical Conferences on many occasions during my career, I have had the opportunity to work with several event planners and production companies. I have come to recognize that these events require absolute commitment to planning, anticipation and finally determined execution. Up until working with you on ITR, I can honestly say that never have I had the good fortune to work with a coordinator that excelled in all of these areas and was able to do so while staying completely calm, focused and in control throughout even the most stressful moments of the conference.

It is a real testament to your strength as a coordinator that any issue that arose during the conference, no matter how small or how large, was handled calmly, professionally and in all cases, so seamlessly, to the outside observer, it was as if nothing ever happened. Of course, your preparations and anticipation of possible problems resulting in very few surprises during the event so perhaps that was why you could stay so clam and in control. I know that our marketing coordinator, Andrea Ziadi, would not have been able to pull this size of a project off without your planning and execution skills and she also is extremely thankful for your assistance.

I am still trying to catch up with my other projects now that ITR is over and don’t want to think too much about 2011 but I hope that we can synchronize calendars and that you will be available once we get a date established. It would be pleasure to once again team up with you to continue the success from last month into the future. – Jim Nangeroni, Ph.D.Lead Applications Development Engineer NatureWorks, LLC

It is my pleasure to write a letter of reference for Carolyn Vinup. I worked closely with Carolyn at a mutual consulting client’s offices for over six months in 2009 and we have remained in close contact since. 

Our roles at this financial services company included a wide variety of responsibilities; while mine focused in the human resource area and Carolyn’S focused in the events management area, we also actively functioned as part of the leadership team. As leaders, we were responsible for strategizing and implementing organizational change, supervising, mentoring and supporting staff, and developing organizational structure, systems and policies. 

I would relish the opportunity to work with Carolyn again in any capacity. She brings a terrific balance of interpersonal skills, insight, and involvement in her work as well as an incredible set of competencies. As a leader, she brings integrity, honesty and support to the team. As an event planner, she goes above and beyond in ensuring the highest quality of program. She understands the big picture aspects of whatever project she is working on. Additionally, there is no detail that Carolyn misses. Few people can bring that balance breadth and depth. 

For example, she was able to negotiate and work closely with the hotels and other meeting venues and achieved results (both in services and negotiated fees) that none of her predecessors at the client’s company had been able to accomplish. Her preparation for every contingency related to the events was above and beyond anyone’s expectations. She coordinated company staff and assigned behind the scenes and pre-event planning responsibilities thoroughly and completely to ensure that the events occurred seamlessly. She created systems and processes to ensure that meeting attendees received the experience that they were promised. 

Carolyn is one of those individuals where no matter the task. she will find a way to exceed your expectations. She doesn’t settle for mediocrity but strives for excellence in everything she does. And she adds a warmth of personality and sense of humor that makes working with her a pleasure. – Arlene Vernon, PHR President, HRx, Inc. 

“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Carolyn in 4 capacities. I know Carolyn as:

  1. A Teacher. She has brilliantly facilitated and/or co-facilitated a number of classes that I have attended at Normandale. She is a knowledgeable, fun, engaging and motivating instructor.
  2. An Events Producer. Carolyn organizes, manages, promotes and delivers a seamless production! Her project management and client support / interaction skills are amazing!
  3. The Workforce Partnership and Development Specialist. Carolyn very much impresses me with her sincere need to understand and appropriately meet the needs of dislocated workers. She is changing the meaning of the word ‘partnership” and is putting Normandale on the map for people in career transition!
  4. A Healer. I am honored to have had Carolyn facilitate a healing for me! It was supportive, interactive and transformational. I have no words to describe her sound healing work; it needs to be experienced.

Carolyn has managed to successfully integrate professional and spiritual elements into her own personal brand. She is an inspiration. Kudos to Carolyn!”- July 21, 2010, Claire K. Nelligan, Employment Counselor, State of MN