IFMA San Diego Administrator

Caryn Worcester 350x259What is the most influential book you ever read and why?

Getting Things Done – by David Allen.  I’m a pretty organized person, but this book provides a system and hints to stay organized and more productive.

What was the best advice you ever received in your career?

Instead of just thinking that someone is talented or smart or contributed to the success of a project, you need to express all the wonderful things that the person/people does/do. Doing so empowers everyone’s talents and it will change lives.

What has been the greatest challenge you’ve experienced in your career?

To continue to value yourself and your talents when things are not going well.

How did you end up in Association/Non-profit management or the position that you are in?

My first professional career was in Parks & Recreation in Illinois.  There I worked to put people, places and things together in classes/activities from ballet to basketball, from crafts to senior programs.  What I learned that it is the same skill set at working with volunteer organizations and non-profit associations.

What is your favorite after hours hobby and why?

I’m passionate about two things – scuba diving and horseback riding.  Both activities require you to focus on the activity at hand instead of the challenges of the past week….. and neither activity allows you to be reached by phone, so it is truly a break.

How do you “de-stress”?

I go to the ranch and play with my horse, Redford.

What is the best and worst aspect of the technological advances in your career?

That things are constantly changing and keeping up with the changes

What is your personal secret to success or personal motto?

You never succeed on your own; it is always a team effort and you have to recognize other people’s contributions to be successful in the long run.

What has been the most important aspect that has contributed to your success?

Realizing that I don’t have all the answers and that’s okay.  A good manager/worker uses all the resources available including the talents of all of their team members to make things work.

How many people does your business employ?


How long have you lived in SD.  If not a native where did you live before and and what brought you to this city?

I moved to San Diego area in July 1997 from the Chicago area.  Since I was self-employed, I wanted to relocate to an area where I knew 3-5 people and to scuba dive regularly, San Diego fit the bill.  And I thought if it didn’t work out, I could always move back to Chicago.  Thankfully, things are still going well here and my Chicagoan’s spring jacket has become my San Diego winter coat.

Are there any specific fields of work that you would like to see join IFMA that we don’t have members in now?