By Kate Lenhof, utahvalley360.com
Jodi Durrant talks a mile a minute — and her mind races even faster. As the vice president of global events and recognition for Nu Skin, she coordinates special events of grand proportions and never misses a detail. We caught up with her for five fast questions about her not-so-typical 9-to-5, her female role model and her advice to young career women.
UV: What is the most glamorous part of your job planning events for Nu Skin?
Jodi: I get to meet amazing people, from political leaders like Ronald Reagan, Dan Quayle, Norman Schwarzkopf, George H. W. Bush and Margaret Thatcher as well as celebrities like Olivia Newton John, Lionel Richie and Bill Cosby. Bill nicknamed me “Caffeine Durrant” because he was amazed by how fast I talk.
UV: In your 25 years with Nu Skin, what has been the most memorable event?
Jodi: Even though it rained the entire time, I was so impressed with the people of Fiji and their heart. I can’t wait to go back there. And Nu Skin’s 20th anniversary event in Monte Carlo was amazing. On the final night after the fireworks, Andrea Bocelli performed and everyone was blown away because we had kept his performance a secret. It was the icing on the cake! Working for Nu Skin has provided me with so many amazing opportunities.
UV: In another life, your dream career would be ___________________.
Jodi: Some sort of singer, performer or dancer on Broadway. I don’t have any talents in those areas but I absolutely love going to Broadway shows in New York and I love listening to Broadway music.
UV: Tell us about a woman you look up to.
Jodi: My 93-year-old grandmother Mae. We have always had a very close relationship. She is an extremely kind, compassionate, nonjudgmental woman and she has always been such a great example to me. And my mother and mother-in-law are both fantastic ladies as well.
UV: What advice do you have for young women entering the workforce?
Jodi: Get your education and be interested in the world around you. Learn about many different things and be willing to try new things. When you have that foundation you can have a conversation with anybody.