A network has been launched to connect young professionals from across the spectrum of the business events industry, foster active learning and advocate for the sector.
Called Meetings + Millennials, the network will operate as an online community and include face-to-face meetups at all major MICE events.
Co-founder Gráinne Ní Ghiollagáin said the network was established when she and the other two co-founders, following their participation at the ICCA Forum for Young Professionals in Barcelona in 2015, realised that there was no formal setting to meet again and develop their connections.
"Meetings + Millennials provides us with that important place and – importantly – it helps us dispel the cliché that we’re an ‘entitled generation’", continued Ghiollagáin, who is also business development manager at Croke Park Meetings and Events.
Another co-founder, Anne Berrevoets, events coordinator at European Association for International Education, added that “the voice of our generation is not yet heard in our industry the way it would be in the startup sector or tech, for example”.
“Since we presented at ICCA we have been asked to conduct sessions at conferences in Paris and Frankfurt. These allow us to educate corporations, agencies and associations on how to get the best from their millennial team members,” concluded co-founder Aoife McCrum, also social media and digital marketing manager at SoolNua.