By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia , 17 January, 2018

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has called on next generation leaders to nominate for the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, UFI’s special grant which recognises outstanding emerging leaders in the global exhibition industry.

The UFI Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant rewards “up and coming” professionals who are driving change and innovation in the exhibition industry.

As part of its recently signed MOU with UFI, the EEAA has committed to promoting careers in the sector and mentoring young leaders.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said the UFI NGL Grant is a great opportunity for young leaders, or people with less than 10 years experience in the industry, in our region to present their credentials on the world stage.

“This is an opportunity to learn from executive level mentoring, network with other international professionals and advance your career in exhibitions and events.” Ms DiMascio said.

“Through the EEAA Young Stars and Awards for Excellence Programs, the Association recognises, nurtures and celebrates young professionals in exhibitions and events.

“At the EEAA 2017 Conference we were delighted to have on stage four nominees of the 2017 Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award who discussed how they would tackle the changes, the opportunities and future prospects of exhibitions.

“We now invite professionals in our sector to come forward and take advantage of the UFI NGL Grant.

“The UFI NGL Grant is a great opportunity for our talented young leaders to take their ideas and knowledge to the world stage and be part of a multicultural team steering the future direction of our industry.”

Ms DiMascio said the UFI NGL Grant is open to those who work full-time in the exhibition industry and will run over a period of 12 months, starting in May, to allow recipients to fulfil their current daily work obligations.

“The grant will be awarded to up to five industry professionals in 2018 and it would be very exciting to have someone from our region recognised on the global stage. I encourage Members to apply for this outstanding opportunity.” She said.

The NGL Grant reflects UFI’s commitment to recognising and supporting outstanding talent within the exhibition industry, and gives recipients:

  • Exclusive, confidential C-level mentoring;
  • Global recognition and media coverage among exhibition professionals before, during and after the UFI Global Congress;
  • Unique, high profile opportunities to enhance your professional network with peers and industry leaders;
  • Expert guidance throughout the project by UFI.

The grant program will kick off with a workshop at the UFI European Conference in Verona, Italy on 2-4 May 2018. Recipients of the grant will be required to work remotely together throughout the year in the lead up to presenting in a session at UFI Global Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia on 31 October – 3 November 2018.

Applications close Tuesday, 27 February 2018. Click here for more information.

Source: EEAA