Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has launched its 10th BE Mentored Programme with a one-day meet-up for 50 participants in Auckland on February 27.
The six-month programme will see 25 mentee/mentor pairings taking part, the largest group since BEIA – then known as CINZ – started the programme in 2014.
Mentees come from a broad range of event management, tourism and hospitality backgrounds and are looking to develop their careers, build valuable relationships and broaden their experience within the business events industry. Mentors, all of whom volunteer their time, are experienced practitioners within their fields and hold senior management positions.
On the launch day, joined a collaborative session with Team Up Events, while mentors took part in a learning session with Angela Lim, CEO and founder of Clearhead, a specialist in mental health support for workplaces and individuals.
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.
BEIA’s chief executive, Lisa Hopkins, said: “New Zealand’s business events capacity and its people capabilities go hand in hand. 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.”
The BE Mentored programme runs from March to August, with mentors and mentees meeting six or more times during that period. BEIA will hold a mid-point online get-together for participants to share experiences so far and provide any advice and support to each other, and be available throughout the programme for support and advice. The programme will conclude with a recognition event held during the BEIA’s annual conference from September 18 to 21, 2023, in Marlborough.