EEAA to host meeting in support of young business events professionals

The Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is hosting a virtual meeting to support young members of the industry.

Taking place on 29 July, the meeting will specifically target the key concerns affecting young talent in the business events industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EEAA chief executive Claudia Sagripanti (pictured above) said that from the outset of COVID-19, the association recognised that the young talent in the industry was at very high risk of losing sight of their career pathway, their livelihood, their emotional well-being and in many cases their commitment to stay in the industry.

“The EEAA Young Stars program has established a number of initiatives over the last eight years to upskill, develop and provide a platform for up and coming talent,” she said.

“We have been working closely with our Young Stars community since the onset of COVID-19 to ensure this sector of the business events workforce is supported and that their knowledge and skills are retained into the future.

“Our Young Stars committee co-chairs, Kay Badakhsh from The Venues Collection and Roslyn DuPloy from Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, will take a lead role in hosting the event. The co-chairs will also be launching a new initiative, the EEAA Young Stars Pathways Program, that will provide a range of tools to assist young talent in developing skills that facilitate career progression.

Sagripanti said the Pathways Program will also include a group coaching program featuring senior managers from a number of the association’s most valued members.

“The Young Stars virtual meet-up will feature a panel of industry experts who will each present on topics that will address social and emotional wellbeing as well as opportunities around upskilling and cross-skilling and real-life case studies on how our industry is adapting under the ‘new normal’.”

The panel includes:

  • Linda Sheahan – workplace engagement manager, Beyond Blue
  • Natalie Britt – human resources director, International Convention Centre
  • Alan Ivory – vice president and general manager (APAC), Aventri
  • Paula Meyer – business development manager, TAFE NSW

The virtual event will broadcast live on Wednesday 29 July from 10:30 am to midday AEST.

The event is free of charge to all EEAA Young Stars members and non-members. To register, click here.