By Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia, 23 July, 2020

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is hosting a virtual meeting on 29 July, specifically targeting the key concerns affecting young talent in the business events industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Claudia Sagripanti, EEAA Chief Executive said that from the outset of COVID-19, the EEAA recognised that the young talent in the industry were at very high risk of losing sight of their career pathway, their livelihood, their emotional well-being and in many cases their commitment to stay in the industry.

“The EEAA Young Stars program, has established a number of initiatives over the last eight years to upskill, develop and provide a platform for up and coming talent. We have been working closely with our Young Stars community since the onset of COVID-19 to ensure this sector of the business events workforce is supported and that their knowledge and skills are retained into the future,” said Ms Sagripanti.

“Our Young Stars Committee Co-Chairs, Kay Badakhsh from The Venues Collection and Roslyn DuPloy from Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will take a lead role in hosting the event. The Co-Chairs will also be launching a new initiative, the EEAA Young Stars Pathways Program that will provide a range of tools to assist young talent in developing skills that facilitate career progression. The Pathways Program will also include a group coaching program featuring senior managers from a number of the Association’s most valued members,” said Ms Sagripanti.

The Young Stars virtual meetup will feature a panel of industry experts who will each present on topics that will address social and emotional wellbeing as well as opportunities around upskilling and cross-skilling and real-life case studies on how our industry is adapting under “the new normal,” said Ms Sagripanti.

The panel includes:

  • Keynote: Linda Sheahan – Workplace Engagement Manager, Beyond Blue
  • Natalie Britt – Human Resources Director, International Convention Centre
  • Alan Ivory – Vice President & General Manager APAC, Aventri
  • Paula Meyer – Business Development Manager, TAFE NSW

The virtual event will broadcast live on Wednesday 29 July from 10.30 am to 12 noon. The event is free of charge to all EEAA Young Stars members and non-members. Registrations for the event are available here.

About the EEAA Young Stars Virtual Meet-Up Panel:

Linda Sheahan, Workplace Engagement Manager, Beyond Blue – Linda will deliver a keynote address providing information and strategies to support social and emotional wellbeing during this unprecented time. As a part of Beyond Blue’s Workplace Program, Linda engages with Australian workplaces, regulators, government, NGOs, industry groups and others, to help build more mentally healthy workplaces.

Natalie Britt, Human Resources Director, International Convention Centre Sydney Natalie has 12+ years’ experience steering national organisations as well as leading and delivering HR performance excellence across diverse and challenging Defence, Aviation, Hospitality, Media & Telecommunications, Logistics Industries & Government. At the ICC Sydney, Natalie is responsible for leading the people strategy as a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, foster a culture of performance excellence and continue to drive the bold vision of being an employer of choice in the Sydney events and hospitality sector.

Alan Ivory, Vice President & General Manager APAC, Aventri – Alan has built a global team to procure and deliver on-boarding, implementation, training and digital technology services requested by its customers in the event space. Sitting on the Executive team for Aventri, Alan guides the direction of the company backed by his 20 plus years events experience within the corporate, association and government sectors. Before joining Aventri, he owned and operated an event management company for 15 years in the Asia Pacific, where he produced high profile special events for leading technology companies.

Paula Meyer, Business Development Manager, TAFE NSW – Paula has worked in the Australian tourism sector in the areas of customer service, market research, event management, policy and planning, regional development and marketing. Paula holds a Master of Commerce (honours) degree specialising in festival and event management and has worked in the higher education and vocational sector. Her involvement with the industry is extensive where she now is dedicated to supporting the training needs of businesses and industry associations for TAFE NSW


Claudia Sagripanti, Chief Executive, Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia

During her career, Claudia worked in events and exhibitions; and more recently in media and digital technology. She was the CEO of Publishers Australia the trade association representing leading B2B and B2C publishers, and managed the events and awards of the Australian Data-Driven Marketing Association (ADMA).

Claudia led the development of professional standards in online and mobile advertising in Australia for the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA) and is currently on the advisory board for the International Social Media Association.

Claudia has also worked for Macquarie Bank and more recently with Optus as Business Program Manager delivering digital transformation and new technology pilot projects and developing project management value creation frameworks.


Major Partner, Aventri Asia Pacific


Source: Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia