The International Association of Conference Centres has established a Global Scholarship for emerging young leaders in the conference centre industry.
The scholarship is designed to recognise and reward an emerging leader who is age 26 or younger, currently employed at an IACC conference centre. The candidate needs to have been a full-time employee for more than two years.
The candidate must demonstrate initiative and commitment to the industry through self-development or participation in an employer-assisted development programme.
The winner of the scholarship will receive travel expenses and registration for their choice of either IACC’s North American Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in May 2009, or the European Annual Conference in Denmark in August 2009. The award also includes the Study Tour preceding either conference and is valued at US$5,000.
Tim Chudley’s Sundial Group is an active member of IACC and says: “In our industry it is people and not processes or policies that have the greatest impact on the quality of the product experienced by the customer, so we are thrilled that IACC has elected to recognise emerging leaders in this way. Retaining and developing people allows us to benefit from their skills and experience, both now and in the future, and it is this that will make us stand out from non-specialist meeting venues.”
The scholarship is intended to continue to recognise the contributions of up-and-coming professionals with a devotion to promoting the conference centre difference and the association, as well as providing a vehicle for professional development within the global conference centre industry.
IACC Global President, Neil Pompan, says the scholarship “honours the expanding role of emerging generations in the conference centre community and further positions IACC as the voice of the industry”.
The winner will be selected by the Global Awards Committee by the end of January.