EEAA Young Stars Virtual Meet-Up 29 July

When29 - 29 July 2020
Event Type Consumer

The EEAA Young Stars Meet-Up is going virtual on the 29th July. Brought to you by Aventri's virtual event technology solution, get ready to #stayconnected through our interactive live session!


Our first virtual meet-up will focus on "Addressing Mental Health During COVID-19". We are delighted to have guest speaker, Linda Sheahan, Workplace Engagement Manager from Beyond Blue, who will be providing information and strategies to help support your social and emotional wellbeing during this unprecedented 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.

Linda will be later joined by the panel who will be discussing real-life case studies on how our industry is adapting, tips on operating under the "new normal", and explore a range of upskilling opportunities to better equip ourselves with handling the new world.

On our panel:

  • 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.
  • David Longman, Managing Director, Diversified Communications Australia - During his 12 years at Diversified, David built an operations department from the ground up, oversaw a major restructure of the business and strategic focus to B2B markets. A major part of David’s role is to set the strategic direction of the business & target strategic acquisitions and launches and ensure the successful integration of these products into the portfolio & position Diversified as one of the leading exhibition organisers in Australia.
  • 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 the 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

Stay tuned for more speaker announcements.

There will be also be a live Q&A session where the panel will answer the most pressing questions from our viewers.

The webinar will be hosted by the Co-Chairs of the EEAA Young Stars Committee: Kay Badakhsh from The Venues Collection, and Roslyn du Plooy from MCEC.

Kay and Roslyn will be launching our EEAA Young Stars Pathways Program – a program designed to assist our young talent to develop essentials skills required in the new normal business environment. Join our webinar for more details!

A big thank you to our Member, Aventri, for hosting our first Young Stars Virtual Meet-Up. We also like to thank Tourism Australia for their continued support of the EEAA Young Stars Program.

Webinar format:

10:30am: Webinar begins

10:40am: Mental health presentation by Linda Sheahan

10:50am: Panel discussion

11:25am: Live Q&A

12:00pm: Webinar concludes