Leading UK meetings industry event, The Meetings Show, has announced the launch of a new initiative to champion young meeting and event planners.
Tomorrow’s Talent will provide an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the exceptional young talent within the industry and help to nurture and support the leaders of the future.
The Meetings Show, in partnership with Meetings & Incentive Travel Magazine, will be looking for the 10 brightest stars in the meetings and events industry, to offer support for them throughout 2019 and beyond.
Benefits for the 10 winners will include attendance at a celebratory lunch; personal profiling opportunities through M&IT and The Meetings Show; VIP attendance at The Meetings Show 2019 including travel to the show and one nights’ accommodation, tickets to the Pre-Show Conference and Hosted Buyer Welcome Reception, access to the Hosted Buyer Lounge at the show and tickets to the MPI charity party; their own dedicated Tomorrow’s Talent drinks reception at The Meetings Show; the chance to sit on a panel as part of The Meetings Show’s education programme; and, for one winner, the exclusive opportunity to secure a place on The Meetings Show’s advisory board for 2019/20.
Applications for Tomorrow’s Talent will open in January 2019. Planners can either nominate themselves, or be nominated by an industry colleague, via an online registration form or video submission. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges, including:
- David Chapple, group event director, The Meetings Show
- Paul Harvey, deputy editor, M&IT Magazine
- Fiona Macdonald, senior manager business events, VisitBritain
- Leigh Cowlishaw, director of partnerships, Capita Travel & Events
- Patrick Delaney, managing partner, SoolNua
- Ryan Curtis-Johnson, head of PR & marketing, DRP
David Chapple, group event director of The Meetings Show, said: “We firmly believe in the importance of recognising and embracing talent from the earliest stages of a person’s career, as investing in this is what will ensure the long-term success of the industry. Tomorrow’s Talent will offer a platform for individuals to raise their profile, have access to experienced event professionals to help with their development, and play a key role in shaping how The Meetings Show caters to the needs of up and coming planners through its education programme and networking opportunities.”
To take part, nominees must be under the age of 30 at the time of The Meetings Show 2019 (26-27 June), be based in the UK, and hold a full-time position as a meeting or event planner.
Nominations will open on 14 January 2018. For more information about The Meetings Show, visit www.themeetingsshow.com.