BEIA launches BE Mentored programme

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Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) is launching its annual BE Mentored programme this week, which will foster 19 mentor-mentee pairings, with experienced mentors from previous years returning in 2024.

The BE Mentored programme runs from April to November, with mentors and mentees meeting six to eight times during that period.

BE Mentored will conclude with a recognition event held during the BEIA Annual Conference on November 25 in New Plymouth.

BEIA chief executive Lisa Hopkins says development of new talent is crucial to boosting the sector’s growth.

“Over the past decade we have seen the positive impact BE Mentored has had for mentees on developing their careers, building valuable relationships and broadening their experience within the business events industry,” she said.

“Our mentees receive a personal support system to help both professionally and personally, while our mentors have the chance to share and demonstrate their knowledge, experience and personal skills.”

The eight-month programme is being sponsored by the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) for the first time.

“As a team, NZICC is passionate about championing emerging talent, and this represents an opportunity for us to give back to the business events’ community by supporting our next generation of leaders,” said NZICC general manager Prue Daly.

Sallyd & Co’s Sally Doherty will facilitate the online launch session on April 10, with an ice-breaker and team building sessions hosted by Team Up Events.