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Meetings + Millennials launches as network for young professionals

Network to provide a place for young industry professionals to learn and connect
22/03/2017

Pictured: Meetings + Millennials co-founder Gráinne Ní Ghiollagáin

Meetings + Millennials, a new network aimed at young professionals in the business events industry, has been launched by six young event professionals.

The network aims to become a place for young professionals from the meeting, incentive travel, conference, event and exhibition sectors to learn, connect and advocate.

Co-founder Gráinne Ní Ghiollagáin, business development manager at Croke Park Meetings and Events, said: “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.”

The network will operate as an on-line community at www.meetingsandmillennials.com with informal face to face meet-ups at all major trade shows and events.

Fellow co-founder Anne Berrevoets, events coordinator at the European Association for International Education, said: “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.”

Aoife McCrum, social media & digital marketing manager at SoolNua is the third co-founder of the network.
She said: “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.”


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