European Cities Marketing (ECM) has launched its first ever ECM Mentor Programme, during the ECM Summer School 2.0 this week. The industry supported initiative has been created to secure networking, relation building and knowledge exchange between newly-appointed and advanced professionals in the Meetings Industry.
This 12-month free of charge Programme is designed to help newcomers in the industry, who, due to the pandemic, have missed out on being introduced to the sector, thus lacking critical opportunities to build up their network, skills and knowledge.
In close collaboration with industry partners, IAPCO, IBTM, ICCA, IMEX and HQ Magazine, the ECM Mentor Programme is meant to be one of the collaborative solutions in this unprecedented period. Newly-appointed professionals will get the opportunity to develop their own professional network, strengthen their industry knowledge and be inspired by other destination business models. At the same time, it will give mentors (with at least 5 years of experience) an opportunity to contribute with their knowledge and benefit from the views, new perspectives and skill sets from newcomers.
"We are very proud of this new initiative. In these challenging times, this is also one more step to show the resilience of the Meetings Industry on the way to recovery. It is time for the established members of ECM and industry professionals to give back, to inspire, to share, and thus to make sure that our newly-appointed professionals get the best start in what we hope will be a long and successful meetings industry career. In the meantime, we're glad to give our mentors the opportunity to share their visions, to contribute with their vast experiences and to strengthen their network despite the turbulent times" said Petra Stusek, President of ECM.
Mentors and mentees will be matched based on a range of criteria and will be part of a strong network. Participants are expected to invest approximately 90 minutes each month in working together using materials from the extensive ECM toolbox which will guarantee support all through the Programme. Matchmaking will take place in the second-half of September 2020.