by Terry Rogers
Corinne Stayton was flattered to be honored by Delaware Business Times as part of the DBT40 Class of 2019. The award pays tribute to ambitious professionals who are making a name for themselves through professional excellence and involvement in the community. Stayton is an Event Planner for the Delaware Bankers Association. She was nominated for the award by Sarah Long, President and CEO of the Delaware Bankers Association as well as Margaret Cregan, the Vice-President of Membership.
“Corrinne connects professionals to new opportunities through networking events delivered in fun and creative ways,” the nomination form said. “Her passion for lifelong learning is shared readily with others. She can quickly adjust to any situation and does not get flustered easily when faced with unexpected challenges. Best of all, Corinne creates happiness through humor and positive energy.”
Stayton was born and raised in Milford and recently bought her first home with her significant other, Mathew Haines. She has a daughter, Averie Rivera, two cats, Ditch and Kia, as well as a dog, Rosie, all rescues. Her mother, Dana Townsend, retired from the military after serving for over 40 years and her father, Grier Stayton, retired from the State of Delaware after working for 32 years with the Department of Agriculutre. Her stepmother, Lesley Stayton, is a Delaware farmer.
“I have two siblings,” Stayton said. “Nicholas Stayton, who many Milfordians will remember from Dolce Bakery, and Blair Rogers, who recently completed her training program as a Parole Officer for the State of Delaware. Nicholas started his own business, Stayton Painting, several years ago with his wife, Erin, and their daughter beautiful daughter, Claire. Blair lives with her beautiful daughter, Swayze.”
Stayton graduated from Wilmington University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. After graduation, she began working at the Department of Education as a secretary, helping organize events for Career and Technical Student Organizations. That position led to her current position.
“As the event planner for the Delaware Bankers Association, I create and execute high quality events that help members of the financial industry better serve their community,” Stayton said. “The depth and breadth of these events range from providing ongoing education on current topics in bank supervision, the ever-changing regulatory environment, Delaware Trusts, cybersecurity and leadership development. From my small team of seven to the 39,000 members banks employ, to all the people we collectively serve in our community, we make Delaware strong.”
When she is not planning events, Stayton and her daughter participate in the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge to help raise funds for Special Olympics Delaware. The two have raised close to $2,000 in the past two years alone. In 2019, the Polar Bear Plunge raised $906,000 for Special Olympics.
“Averie and I joined over 3,500 bears this past year to support the organization,” Stayton said. “Special Olympics Delaware transforms the lives of children and adults with disabilities by providing opportunities to develop physical fitness and courage through the joy of sports. By participating in the plunge, we’re collectively helping build a stronger community for more than 3,700 Special Olympics athletes in Delaware. Come be a part of this event on February 2, 2020 and be surrounded by a group of truly amazing people.”
In addition to the Polar Bear Plunge, Stayton rallies her coworkers, family and friends to donate non-perishable food items to the Food Bank of Delaware during the holiday season. She also participates in Lemonade Days in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. The program raises awareness and funds for innovative research projects working to develop better treatments and, ultimately, cures for all childhood cancers. In honor of the founder, the late Alexandra “Alex” Scott, the foundation has funded nearly 1,000 grants at 135 institutions. When she is not working or volunteering, Stayton enjoys photographing and walking on the beach with her dog.
Stayton explained that her biggest challenge is being a parent, commenting that anyone who is a parent knows that the “struggle is real.” She believes that children learn what they live, so she constantly strives to be self-aware so her daughter does not pick up on any bad habits. Her advice to anyone who wants to enter the event planning industry is simple.
“Value your quality of work and appreciate others,” Stayton said, “You can’t execute high-quality events without a good team behind you. People will recognize how you treat them, so be nice to people. You also need to be organized and energetic for sure but know every event will have its curve balls even with your diligence. With every problem, there is a solution. Be part of the solution. I feel like you have to know what accomplishments are measured by to know your greatest. I feel successful in my career, but also know I have to continue to push myself to learn and grow so I don’t become complacent.”