Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Staci Ruffino

Staci Ruffino, BS ‘07

As event manager for the Riley Children’s Foundation, Staci Ruffino directs small and multimillion-dollar events that benefit kids at the Riley Hospital for Children. “Every day, I’m taking my passion for event management and making a difference in the life of a child. I’m really blessed to have a job like this.”


Tourism, Conventions and Event Management Bachelors

The possibilities are numerous for TCEM graduates. Once students identify specific interest areas, they may become meeting/event professionals or managers of sports venues, conventions centers, conference centers or hotels.


International, national, state and local associations employ planners for meetings and conventions, as do association management companies. Convention and visitors bureaus and destination management companies are a good fit for many of our graduates. Attractions and cruise lines are also options.


For students with a strong interest in technology, production companies and audio visual companies that produce mega events offer opportunities. Positions also exist for planners and contract negotiators within the medical, biotech and pharmaceutical segments.


Creative marketing and sales opportunities are critical to increasing business within the hospitality industry. Incentive trip planners are often employed by large sales organizations such as insurance companies. Students also become travel and tour operators, or choose careers in transportation companies. And, as the global marketplace continues to expand, expertise is increasingly needed in the field of international travel and planning.

Tourism, Conventions and Event Planning Plans of Study                               (If you are a current PETM student and are not sure which plan of study you are following, please meet with your academic advisor or bring a photo ID to PE 250 and request a copy of your plan of study.)

Plans of Study - Admitted to IUPUI before fall 2013 

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Plan of Study-Admitted to IUPUI fall 2013 or after

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