Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is launching a young business event professionals talent programme at its upcoming annual conference in Auckland.
The Emerging Talent Professional Development Programme is aimed at those starting their careers and will sit alongside the main conference in a half-day event on 1 November.
CINZ Chief Executive Sue Sullivan says CINZ has developed the programme to meet industry demand for professional development as New Zealand’s business events sector grows.
“This addition to the CINZ annual conference builds on our ongoing Emerging Talent and Mentorship programmes which have proven hugely successful. For young professionals, this part of the conference will also start conversations about career options and what the next steps toward management positions could be,” she says.
“We have brought together seven top speakers with diverse experience and knowledge for a morning session of practical skills, learnings and take-aways,” Sullivan adds.
Emerging Talent participants will have the opportunity to meet with Sian Simpson (pictured), Kiwi Landing Pad’s Director of Community. Working between San Francisco and New Zealand, Sian will share her experience combining a portfolio career with a suitcase lifestyle. Dubbed New Zealand’s start-up and innovation ambassador to the world, Simpson has already been named the New Zealand Global Woman of Influence in 2017 and won back to back awards for Technology and Innovation in 2015 and 2016.
Preparing for a stellar business events career will be the topic for leading professional conference organiser Jan Tonkin of The Conference Company. Having just finished a term as IAPCO President, Tonkin brings a wealth of international knowledge on what a career in the business events sector may look like.
Other speakers include Auckland Convention Bureau Manager, Anna Hayward and Audience Alive’s Chief Executive, John Quinn.
Breaking New Ground is the theme for the main CINZ Conference 2018 and 140 CINZ members, including owners and managers of key venues, catering companies, accommodation providers, activity operators and regional convention bureaux, are expected at the event 31 October-1 November 1 at the Cordis hotel in Auckland.
CINZ is the official, membership based association of New Zealand’s conference and business travel industry with more than 430 members across a broad range of sectors.
CINZ also manages New Zealand’s only national annual trade show MEETINGS, which generated NZ$60m (US$38.95m) over its two days in Auckland in 2018.