ABEA and ICCA to collaborate on diversity, sustainability and talent development

L-R: Peter King, (Chair ABEA); Matt Pearce, (Board Member ABEA); Melissa Brown, (CEO ABEA); and Senthil Gopinath, (CEO ICCA).

The Australian Business Events Association (ABEA) and International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) will to work together on three key issues affecting the business events industry – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI); Legacy and Sustainability; and Talent Development and Retention.

The collaboration will include publishing white papers, information and program sharing, and developing key opportunities for emerging leaders such as the Emerging Leaders Challenge at AIME 2024, where the winner will be awarded ICCA’s scholarship to pursue the ICCASkills certification as a Certified International Convention Specialist.

“We know our members are needing to embed DEI principles, sustainability, and develop talent to thrive in the competitive marketplace,” said ABEA Chair Peter King.

“Our partnership with ICCA is designed to provide unparalleled opportunities for our members, and the sector, to tackle these challenges head on.

“No one organisation can do this on their own. By joining forces with ICCA, the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry, we can pool our resources and focus to achieve the outcomes we all need.”

ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath said ABEA provided a strong new entry point into the Australian business events sector.

“We are delighted to work with the Australian Business Events Association team to take strong, practical, and impactful steps to supporting the success of the Australian industry,” he said.

“ICCA brings world-class programs, connections and experience that we willingly share with our Australian colleagues. This is an exciting partnership, and we look forward to its ensuing success.”