CINZ mentees for 2019 are, from left, Laura Schwenk, Wairakei Resort; Rebecca Plested, Vodafone Events Centre; Chelsea King, Queenstown Convention Bureau; Kate Hendry, Auckland Museum; Jade Thorne, The Grounds @ Whoa! Studios; Sujin Lee, Auckland Museum; Laura Petersen, Business Events Wellington; Lauren Newbery, CINZ. (Rach Michaels, Lime & Soda was absent) CINZ mentees for 2019 are, from left, Laura Schwenk, Wairakei Resort; Rebecca Plested, Vodafone Events Centre; Chelsea King, Queenstown Convention Bureau; Kate Hendry, Auckland Museum; Jade Thorne, The Grounds @ Whoa! Studios; Sujin Lee, Auckland Museum; Laura Petersen, Business Events Wellington; Lauren Newbery, CINZ. (Rach Michaels, Lime & Soda was absent)

Mentorship and emerging talent programmes go from strength to strength

Last week was a busy one for Conventions & Incentives New Zealand when it kicked off the fifth year of its Mentoring Programme as well as an expanded Emerging Talent series.

Facilitated by the New Zealand Coaching & Mentoring Centre, nine senior industry professionals were paired up with up and coming talent at Heritage Hotel Auckland last Wednesday.

The following day, Rydges Auckland and AV Media sponsored a well-attended CINZ Emerging Talent programme that saw 48 delegates hear from 10 speakers. Ranging from venues, AV providers, caterers, bureaus and tourism products such as AJ Hackett, the speakers covered topics such as leadership, marketing, event management and mental health.

‘The half-day session has received great feed back from attendees,’ says CINZ chief executive, Sue Sullivan. 

‘CINZ Emerging Talent is the perfect opportunity for those beginning their careers in the business events sector to develop their skills in a peer-oriented environment, while building their own industry networks. 

Shelley Bascand, sales manager at Lower Hutt Event Centre found the workshop to be a great opportunity to take time to focus on professional development in a relaxed environment with peers at a similar point in their careers. ‘The content was designed and delivered to be relevant to our everyday workload, while also planting the seeds of information that will put us on the right track for the future…to help us set ourselves up for success,’ says Bascand.‘Of course, the networking opportunities to chat and share work experiences is always fun and beneficial.’

Jessie Ross, convention bureau executive at ChristchurchNZ, says the Emerging Talent programme was well worth the (very) early morning flight. ‘Key ‘aha’ moments started right out the gate with reflection on the CINZ mentorship programme which I participated in last year,’ she says. ‘This was swiftly followed by Blair Glubb from Uno Loco who talked about authentic leadership, aligning values and why should anyone be led by me? ‘I particularly liked Paul Rangiwahia’s mental WOF and resilience session. For young professionals, and particularly in our industry, it is so important to be self-aware, manage stress and be living and working with our ‘why’ at the forefront and be sharing what is in our ‘truth vaults’.

Ross also found Blue Ocean Consulting’s Henrik Arlund shared valuable marketing strategy insights. ‘Again, these focused on the ‘why’ and that made me think about our organisation’s strategy but also from a personal perspective. ‘What are the value elements that could make up a personal brand which would be within a Blue Ocean?’   

The mentors for2019 Mentorship Programme are Tony Regan, PPG Conferences & Events;Lynley Martin, Skyline Rotorua, Kylie Walker, IHG; Prue Daly, NZICC; Daron Gray, Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre; Alana Bicknell, NZICC; Marjoree Wimmers, DE Group; Sandra Julian, Auaha Conferences & Eventsand Leigh Lewis, Naumi Hotel Auckland Airport.