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Future Leaders Forum

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IMEX - MPI - MCI FUTURE LEADERS FORUM 2017

Date: 17 January 2017
Venue: GR – Ljubljana exhibition and Convention Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Key Event for Career Development in the Meetings and Events Industry

The Future Leaders Forum has been developed to encourage YOU to start a successful career in the meetings and events industry. The joint initiative by IMEX, MPI and MCI has taken place globally since 2003. Gain a deeper understanding of the meetings industry and take the next step in your career:
Connect and network – Be Inspired – Get Industry Insights – Showcase your creativity

Intended for

Students from South East Europe are invited to participate at the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum.

The students attending this Forum will listen to some of the leading speakers in the industry, learn about the meetings industry and meet industry leaders. It will also give them a chance to visit the Conventa show and see how different countries promote themselves. All in all, it is a wonderful experience and all the students should find it informative and fun.

Students qualifying for the Forum should have a students status at a university or college, where they are studying meetings and conventions, tourism or hospitality. Students should not have attended an IMEX Future Leaders Forum previously.

Participation fee for students is sponsored by Conventa and IMEX.

2017 Programme of the Forum

TUESDAY, 17 JANUARY 2017 :: 09:00 – 16:30

08:30 – 09:90REGISTRATION AND ARRIVAL
 09:00 – 09:15WELCOME TO THE IMEX-MPI-MCI FUTURE LEADERS FORUM 2017
Sarah Skavron, Knowledge and Events Executive, IMEX Group
 09:15 – 10:30THE FUTURE LEADERS’ GUIDE TO CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Marko Zidar, Sales Promotion Specialist, Union Hotels
Tina Bricelj, Event Sales Specialist, Union Hotels
Vika Krajnc, PR and Project Assistant, Nea Culpa, Tourism Marketing Agency
 MICE? Meetings? Events? “The Industry?” – There are many names for this very vibrant and exciting work place. Be inspired by the many different career paths in the meetings and events industry and hear career stories of young professionals. Learn how they started in the industry, what it takes to build a successful career and how you can make it happen.
 10:30 – 10:50 BREAK
 10:50 – 12:30INDUSTRY INSIGHT: DMCs and INCENTIVE TRAVEL
Jan Orsic, Project Manager, Intours DMC
 Get an expert insight to the everyday challenges and joys of working in this industry. After an introduction with many inspiring examples, you will get the chance to try out yourself what it is like to be a DMC-professional.
 12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH BREAK
 13:30 – 14:45 THE CREATIVE CHALLENGE: PITCH YOUR IDEA
 This is your chance to showcase your ideas for the future of the meetings, events and incentive travel industry.  The challenge is to create a short pitch for an incentive trip concept and convince the panel of judges to choose your concept.  You will work in groups and all details of the client and specific project will be revealed at the event.

The winning team will be invited to attend the Welcome Reception at the Union Hotel (19 -22 hrs).

14:15 – 14:40TREND UPDATE — WHAT WILL BE IMPORTANT IN THE FUTURE?
Experienced industry veterans will share their predictions for 2017 and how it will influence the industry.
14:40 – 15:00BREAK
15:00 – 16:30ROUNDTABLE SESSION: MEET THE EXPERTS
Get first-hand industry insights, hear personal stories and ask all your burning questions to a group of selected industry experts. During 4 discussion rounds of 20 minutes each, you will get to meet, connect and chat with these industry experts in smaller groups in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

Participating industry professionals to be announced in the week before the forum.
They will represent popular working fields – for example: venues, hotels, event planning, exhibitions etc.

16:30ROUND-UP AND CLOSURE OF THE IMEX-MPI-MCI FUTURE LEADERS FORUM 2017

Students about Future Leaders Forum

“I learned a lot of new things, I met a lot of people I didn’t know before. But the most important thing is that I got the answer: I would like to do that kind of work.” (Conventa attendee)

“I got the feeling that I’m already on the right way. A lot of presentations acknowledged what I was thinking and dreaming before – a very good feeling, that has given me a lot of confidence.” (IMEX attendee)

“I enjoyed the elevator challenge as I got to work with people from other universities and the adrenaline that came with the challenge was great, we had to think out of the box. That was exciting for me.” (Meetings Africa attendee)

“The best memory of the Future Leaders Forum was to meet all the people. It was amazing to mingle with people that have the same passion as myself, furthermore the knowledge I gained from this experience will definitely help me in the future. IMEX America opened my eyes to all the possibilities that are out there, in addition it also showed me that it is okay to mistakes once in a while since growing as an individual means failing sometimes. What matters is what we take out of the experience and how we apply it to our future decisions.” (IMEX America attendee)