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EEAA launches program to support young members of the business events community

EEAA launches program to support young members of the business events community
July 23, 2020

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is hosting a virtual meeting on 29th July, targeting the key concerns affecting young members of the business events industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EEAA 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 Young Stars virtual meetup 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 the business events industry is adapting under “the new normal.”

EEAA Chief Executive, Claudia Sagripanti advised that from the outset of COVID-19, the EEAA recognised that the young talent in the industry were 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.

Sagripanti notes “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. 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. The Pathways Program will also include a group coaching program featuring senior managers from a number of the Association’s most valued members.”

The panel includes:

•             Keynote: Linda Sheahan – Workplace Engagement Manager, Beyond Blue

•             Natalie Britt – Human Resources Director, International Convention Centre

•             Alan Ivory – Vice President & General Manager APAC, Aventri

•             Paula Meyer – Business Development Manager, TAFE NSW

The virtual event will broadcast live on Wednesday 29th July from 10.30 am to 12 noon. The event is free of charge to all EEAA Young Stars members and non-members. Registrations for the event are available here

About the EEAA Young Stars Virtual Meet-Up Panel:

Linda Sheahan, Workplace Engagement Manager, Beyond Blue - Linda will deliver a keynote address providing information and strategies to support social and emotional wellbeing during this unprecented time. As a part of Beyond Blue’s Workplace Program, Linda engages with Australian workplaces, regulators, government, NGOs, industry groups and others, to help build more mentally healthy workplaces.

Natalie Britt, Human Resources Director, International Convention Centre Sydney - Natalie has 12+ years’ experience steering national organisations as well as leading and delivering HR performance excellence across diverse and challenging Defence, Aviation, Hospitality, Media & Telecommunications, Logistics Industries & Government. At the ICC Sydney, Natalie is responsible for leading the people strategy as a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, foster a culture of performance excellence and continue to drive the bold vision of being an employer of choice in the Sydney events and hospitality sector.

Alan Ivory, Vice President & General Manager APAC, Aventri – Alan has built a global team to procure and deliver on-boarding, implementation, training and digital technology services requested by its customers in the event space. Sitting on the Executive team for Aventri, Alan guides the direction of the company backed by his 20 plus years events experience within the corporate, association and government sectors. Before joining Aventri, he owned and operated an event management company for 15 years in the Asia Pacific, where he produced high profile special events for leading technology companies.

Paula Meyer, Business Development Manager, TAFE NSW - Paula has worked in the Australian tourism sector in the areas of customer service, market research, event management, policy and planning, regional development and marketing. Paula holds a Master of Commerce (honours) degree specialising in festival and event management and has worked in the higher education and vocational sector. Her involvement with the industry is extensive where she now is dedicated to supporting the training needs of businesses and industry associations for TAFE NSW

Facilitator: Claudia Sagripanti, Chief Executive, Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia

Related Articles

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20th May 2020 - EEAA to lead Global Exhibitions Day 2020

8th May 2020 - EEAA calls on governments to expedite restart date for domestic business events

5th March 2020 - Workplace equality promoted at EEAA 2020 International Women’s Day Breakfast

27th February 2020 - EEAA to explore workplace equality in celebration of International Women’s Day 2020

21st January 2020 - EEAA appoints Claudia Sagripanti as Chief Executive

5th December 2019 - EEAA 2019 Awards honour industry excellence and service

12th November 2019 - EEAA Chief Executive Joyce DiMascio to step down


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