“I enjoy the intimate setting and learning from the best in the industry."

2016 Young Stars events


The EEAA Young Stars were honoured to meet ReedPOP gurus, Paul Baker and Guy Blomberg, who organise some of the country’s largest passion-led expos including Oz Comic-Con and PAX Australia.

In an entertaining double-act, Paul and Guy inspired our Young Stars. Their messages were to harness your passion, have confidence in your decisions and always go that extra mile to create an amazing and memorable experience for clients.

“I enjoyed the great group of people, great inspirational leaders and great food. I will remember to be bold, speak up and never dismiss a crazy idea.” Amber Cassar, The Star.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to network with others in the same stage of their career – opportunities will come to you if you continue to take advantage of them.” Alaina Brewer, Tourism Australia.

By Annabelle Reed, EEAA

On 28 April, 23 Members of the EEAA Young Stars Program gathered at the beautiful Sydney venue, Wolfies for a stunning view and dinner, joined by Beverley Parker who shared her career journey.

Beverley has had unique experience in the workforce having worked with some of the country’s most well regarded industry brands.

As Director of Business Development at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), Beverley is an inspiring leader and role model for the young stars and gave the piece of advice ‘to always trust yourself’ in making career changes.

As Young Stars, it is important to take advantage of these opportunities to meet new people and learn from some of the industry’s best.

Thanks to Joyce DiMascio and the Committee for organising the evening and a big thank you to the Dockside Group and Wolfies for hosting the event.


“Find your passion. Be greedy. Don’t rush. And say yes – you can have it all!” Minnie Constan.

EEAA returned to Aerial on 23 February for an inspirational conversation about “what is possible” in an exhibition industry career from Fine Food Event Director, Minnie Constan.

The EEAA Young Stars were charmed and captivated by Minnie’s inspiring account of her career and what drives her personally.

She inspired and motivated the audience of 18 Young Stars, sharing her experiences in management roles and what she has learnt from being at the helm of Fine Food Australia – one of the nation’s largest international event for the foodservice and hospitality industry.

We were honoured that Minnie was able to join us as our special guest for the first EEAA Young Stars and Leaders Table in 2016.

“I enjoyed listening to Minnie and learning about where she started and the things that drive her. Just say yes! You never know where it will take you.” Carly Molnar, ExpoNet.

“It was inspiring to learn how managers should invest in their staff and continually inspire and support them. Always say yes to opportunity.” Je T’aime Bakker, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre


By Maya Farah, Australian Turf Club

Glossophobia… the fear of public speaking! Who knew there was actually a definition for this very awkward condition.

As a EEAA Young Star, the Professional Development Workshop was definitely valuable and something from which I will benefit in my career.

The workshop was facilitated by Felicity Zadro, Founder and Managing Director of Zadro and it focused on public speaking and presentation skills.

We were able to voice our fears, listen to tips and tricks on how to prepare for public speaking, including understanding your brief and audience. We also learnt the “Do’s and Don’ts” on how to deliver your speech. Felicity gave the Young Stars the chance to present and then evaluate our performance. She stressed that getting “out there” means managing your personal brand. For this reason, being able to stand up in front of a crowd and get your message across is very important.

Thank you to Zadro for supporting this Young Stars development workshop, and thank you Felicity for investing the time in the EEAA Young Stars.

I left with a more positive outlook on public speaking and I am looking forward to the next opportunity to put my skills into practice.

The Zadro presentation and workbook from this event are available for you to download and view.