EEAA’s new program to support young talent in the event industry

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is hosting a virtual meeting at the end of the month addressing the key concerns affecting young talent in the business events industry due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

EEAA chief executive Claudia Sagripanti said 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.

Panelist Paula Meyer, from TAFE NSW.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

EEAA’s Young Stars Committee co-chairs Kay Badakhsh, from The Venues Collection, and Roslyn DuPloy, from Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, will be hosting the event which will also launch a new initiative, the EEAA Young Stars Pathways Program.

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

Panelist Linda Sheahan, from Beyond Blue.

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 our industry is adapting under “the new normal”.

The panel includes Linda Sheahan (Beyond Blue); Natalie Britt (International Convention Centre Sydney); Alan Ivory (Aventri); and Paula Meyer (TAFE NSW).

The virtual event will broadcast live on Wednesday 29 July from 10.30am to 12pm. Registrations for the event are available here.