A new network aimed at young professionals in the business events industry has been launched. Called Meetings + Millennials, the network aims to be the place where young professionals from the meeting, incentive travel, conference, event and exhibition sectors can gather to learn, connect and advocate. The network will operate as an on-line community with informal face-to-face meet-ups at all major MICE events.
“Meetings + Millennials started when three of us attended the ICCA Forum for Young Professionals in Barcelona in 2015. The forum was excellent. It brought us all together but, once it was over, there was no formal setting to meet again and develop the connections. Meetings + Millennials provides us with that important place and – importantly – it helps us dispel the cliché that we’re an ‘entitled generation” said Gráinne Ní Ghiollagáin, business development manager at Croke Park Meetings and Events, and co-founder of Meetings + Millennials.
“Thanks to Martin Sirk, executive director at ICCA, we were asked to co-ordinate a session at the ICCA World Congress on millennials in the workplace. Coming together to create the presentation for ICCA was a wonderful experience and made us realise how the voice of our generation is not yet heard in our industry the way it would be in the start-up sector or Tech, for example. By creating this network, we believe we can change that,” added Anne Berrevoets, events coordinator, European Association for International Education and co-founder of Meetings + Millennials.
“We’ve created an online hub to learn from each other, share our experiences but also to advocate for our sector and to highlight the unique perspective we bring to the work that we do in meetings, incentives, conferences and events. Since we presented at ICCA we have been asked to conduct sessions at conferences in Paris and Frankfurt. These platforms allow us to educate corporations, agencies and associations on how to get the best from their millennial team members” said Aoife McCrum, social media & digital marketing manager at SoolNua, and co-founder of Meetings + Millennials.