Business Events Industry Aotearoa launches mentor program

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Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has launched its 10th BE Mentored Programme with a one-day meet-up for 50 participants in Auckland.

The six-month programme will see 25 mentee and mentor pairings taking part, the largest group since BEIA (then CINZ) began the programme in 2014.

“New Zealand’s business events capacity and its people capabilities go hand in hand,” said BEIA chief executive Lisa Hopkins.

“With New Zealand in high demand on the world stage, it is more important than ever to be nurturing and developing our business events talent.

“With support from Tourism New Zealand, we are able to offer this highly sought-after programme with real benefits for all participants.”

Mentors also took part in a leadership summit, where they had the opportunity to hear first-hand from industry colleagues located in the areas devastated by the recent weather events.

“It was crucial, after a session on mental health, to hear from members of our industry affected by the recent weather, and to talk about the issue of health and safety,” said Hopkins.

“This was an important discussion and it was vital for those affected to feel the support.”

The BE Mentored programme runs from March to August, with mentors and mentees meeting six or more times during that period. The programme will conclude with a recognition event held during the BEIA’s annual conference from September 18-21 in Marlborough.