Mia Corsini says her job as an event planner with U.S. Figure Skating is a lot like trying to build a better mousetrap — mistakes are just part of what she does.
“I’m a perfectionist,” she said. “So I’m learning to let go of the small stuff, and realize that mistakes are part of life. It’s a chance to learn and grow.”
Corsini, 27, grew up in a suburb of Boston and went to college at the University of South Carolina. She started at U.S. Figure Skating more than three years ago.
Recently, she discussed the sport, her job and her love of Colorado Springs.
How did you end up in the Springs?
I was a figure skater for years — since I was a little girl. I loved the sport; I’m passionate about it. In college, I studied pharmacy my first semester. I hated it — it was just the wrong fit for me. I didn’t know that sports management was something that I could major in, but I moved to that my second semester.
I interned with the Olympics during the London Games, and just started down that path. You know, your career is like a road map, so I just had to figure out where I wanted to go.
I worked in other sports, but I didn’t really have a passion for it. When a position came open here, I took it.
Where were you working then?
I worked at an agency in Dallas, but I always knew that wasn’t where I wanted to end up. I was arranging their grassroots events, the games that helped people qualify for other levels in the sports. I just wasn’t hitting my passion points.
How has your role at U.S. Figure Skating changed?
When I came here, it was an Olympic year, so there were a lot of opportunities to get involved at that level. It allowed me to step out from the grassroots level and reach out to partners to plan events. I’m not the manager of events. It’s similar to what I did before, but on a much larger scale.
Do you have any big events you’re planning now?
April 7-8, we’re planning the World Synchronized Skating Championship at the World Arena. It’s not what you normally see on television. It’s not pairs or singles or dance. Instead, it’s teams of 20 skating together. We have 26 countries competing, and they’ll be here in Colorado Springs — the best of the best. It’s not an Olympic sport yet, but it is a lot of fun to watch. The camaraderie with synchronized skating is so much fun to watch, to see these guys and girls go out and help each other out. It’s really a fun event.
What do you like about the job?
I am a people-person. I love to meet people, to get them involved in a sport I love. I love the team here; they are very supportive of each other — the volunteers, the board of directors and the athletes. We have all these people involved, and it’s fun to work with different personalities. It can be hard too — there’s the good, the bad, the ugly, but at the end of the day, I love the sport and I love what I do. Even if I’m having a bad day — something’s gone wrong at an event — if someone has a great performance, I really love that.
How have you gotten involved in the community?
I work with recreational therapy groups here, getting people involved in recreation no matter what their skill level. I also am on the board of directors for Lucky Dog Rescue. I work to find volunteers and fosters. It’s a saturated market here, but I believe in finding homes for these dogs.
Do you have some advice for other young professionals?
Stay busy; stay hungry. Use every opportunity to get involved. Attend events. It’s a great city if you get involved — and there are so many opportunities to become engaged. I always say: Be over-prepared, and then go with the flow. There are so many moving parts to planning an event that you can’t foresee every single thing that will go wrong. So plan as much as you can, then be flexible so when something doesn’t go according to plan, you can just go with it — instead of letting it get to you. It helps you stay calm.