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EEAA and AACB collaborate to deliver Emerging Leaders program

Updated: Oct 6, 2022

Media Release: 29 September 2022

Thirty sponsored scholarships available

The Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) and the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) have come together to support the industry’s Emerging Leaders.

Together, the EEAA and AACB have developed a program that will explore the next wave of leadership intelligence as our world asks us to draw upon more sophisticated interventions to deal with complex human issues. Led by EEAA Director and Leading Well Executive Coach, Dan Londero, the program will guide and prepare our Emerging Leaders through the next phase of their business mindset to help them transition from good managers to excellent leaders.

Domenic Genua, CEO of EEAA has been working closely with Emerging Leaders in the past year and has seen first-hand their potential for great success.

“I have been fortunate to work with some of our Emerging Leaders since my return in December 2021, and I am encouraged by the talent we have. I can only see this as an excellent program to prepare them to lead our industry into the future,” said Genua.

Andrew Hiebl, CEO of AACB said: “AACB is excited to collaborate with EEAA on this program to provide a streamlined pathway for Emerging Leaders across our industry, including convention bureaux. It is critical that we come together to support tomorrow’s leaders and help drive the recovery and rebound of business events in Australia.”

The program consists of three elements including a briefing for the employer, two one-day coaching sessions, and a one-on-one session with a Leading Well Executive Coach. All participants will receive recognition at the EEAA Awards Gala event on Wednesday 7 December 2022 at the International Convention Centre Sydney.

In a coup for the industry, two long-term supporters of Emerging Leaders, Business Events Australia and Ungerboeck, are sponsoring thirty scholarships so the program can be completed at no cost.

Robin Mack, Executive General Manager, Commercial & Business Events Australia at Tourism Australia, says “Business Events Australia is proud to partner with AACB and EEAA and offer 20 Emerging Leaders the chance to build their leadership skills through the 2022 Scholarship Program. Supporting the development of our industry, to ensure Australia delivers high calibre business events and remains a competitive business events destination internationally, is especially important at this critical time for the sector.”

Charlotte Cailleaux, Marketing Director, Ungerboeck APAC said: “At Ungerboeck we have a proud tradition of supporting the younger generation to move through the ranks as our leaders of the future. This program provides an excellent foundation to support that and we’re pleased to sponsor 10 Emerging Leaders for this opportunity.”

Members of the EEAA are welcome to view the prospectus reviewing this program at the following link:

Applications are now open for the Emerging Leaders program with applications due by 5pm AEDT Friday 14 October 2022.

For more information about the program, EEAA and AACB members are asked to contact their relevant Association office.




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