NZICC and IAPCO partner for new leaders program

(L-R) Prue Daly, Jan Tonkin and Sarah Markey-Hamm.

The New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) has developed a multi-year leadership programme in partnership with the International Association for Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO).

The ‘Next Generation Leaders Programme’ will be designed specifically for IAPCO Members in the APAC region through a series of online education workshops organised by NZICC alongside IAPCO.

One participant each year will also secure a scholarship, named after former IAPCO president and The Conference Company founder Jan Tonkin, to attend IAPCO’s Annual Meeting and General Assembly alongside senior leaders within the global business events community.

“Without Jan’s involvement with IAPCO our association would not be in the place that it is in today,” said Sarah Markey-Hamm, IAPCO’s president.

“She lives and breathes the business event sector and has been instrumental in developing the IAPCO education programmes over the last 15 years. Her wisdom and counsel are cherished and freely given when asked.

“Even though her formal involvement with IAPCO Council has concluded she remains a strong contributor to the educational content across IAPCO’s products whilst serving on Faculty. It’s an honour that she has agreed to lend her name to the scholarship programme in our region.”

NZICC general manager Prue Daly said it was a privilege to partner with IAPCO.

“We are excited about showcasing New Zealand’s and NZICC’s commitment to embracing cultural awareness and community impact as part of the education content,” Daly said.

Applications for the Next Generation Leaders Programme will open in late May, with the NZICC set to run the first workshop in July.