Nov / Dec 2014 - page 1

Community engagement at Skyline
Luge during the AuSAE Leadership
Symposium - Matt Reilly, Exhibition
Hire & Displayworks; Michael Stokoe,
Tourism New Zealand; Martin Svehla,
New Zealand Childcare Association
heading down the track. Head to page
20 for more on the symposium.
The 16-week pilot PCO programme
concluded in October, and a case study was
presented at the recent CINZ conference in
Rotorua - with mentee Meredith Drucker, The
Events Group, and mentor Jan Tonkin, The
Conference Company giving warts and all
insights into the programme.
Tonkin spoke about the rewarding aspects
of taking part in the programme, and being
able to see a mentee thrive and develop both
personally and professionally.
‘As a mentor you think this is about
making a time commitment, but it was
hugely rewarding and I think that’s how this
industry can really thrive and grow.’
Wendy Baker, New Zealand Centre for
Mentoring, says internationally there’s been
a big explosion of interest in mentoring and
coaching across organisations.
‘I think that’s because organisations and
professions have been looking to find ways
of attracting people, of then growing and
retaining all the good folks, and keeping them
close once they get into their organisations.’
Sue Sullivan, chief executive officer CINZ,
says the pilot programme was limited to
professional conference organisers to ensure
CINZ maintained some good control over it.
‘This time we’ll take it wider, the programme
will accept pairings from throughout the
whole business events sector.’
Sullivan says CINZ will keep keen
participants updated in the coming months
on how the new programme will be run.
(More info and photos on the 38th annual
CINZ conference start page 52)
Mentor programme
to expand
Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has
announced it will expand its mentor/mentee programme
for 2015, opening it up to the wider industry.
By Aleisha Moore
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