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Introducing the 2018 AuSAE LINC & NZICC Emerging Leadership Programme Scholarship recipients

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Posted on 11/07/2018

The New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) is proud to partner with The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) to offer 11 scholarships to New Zealand's emerging business events leaders in the association industry.

 

The NZICC is passionate about the development of New Zealand's emerging business events leaders and are committed to the scholarship programme which promotes the professional development of association executives in New Zealand. This scholarship programme represents the opportunity to provide the successful recipients with the tools, the network and likeminded community needed to be able to enhance learning and progression of the individual's career within the association industry.

 

The NZICC is excited to be on this journey with each of the scholarship recipients and over the next few weeks will be introducing each of the recipients. Congratulations to all of the successful recipients!

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Introducing…
Emma Earl
, Senior Events Coordinator at CORE Education.

Why did you enter the not for profit sector?Emma Earl

The not for profit sector was not only a career move for me, there has been a lifelong connection. Growing up with two disabled brothers my family has always been involved in charities, associations and not for profits, so CORE just happened to be the perfect fit! Not only do I get to do a job that I love every day, but I get to make a difference and it is a true reflection of who I am.

 

What are you hoping to get from the scholarship?

One of the most important areas we can develop as professionals is the competency to access and share knowledge. My aim through this scholarship is not just focused around my personal growth, it is how to pass this learning onto colleagues, how to apply this knowledge to our events and how it all filters through to the delegate experience. 

 

If you could have a super power what would it be?

Power Mimicry - which allows you to absorb other people's skills or knowledge! I would be as smart as Albert Einstein, as fast as Usain Bolt and would score incredibly well at the local quiz night!

 

What is your favourite part of your work day?

There is no better feeling than seeing a long term project finally come together. When you are at an event going one hundred miles an hour, with a million things running through your mind and you stop for just a second to take a deep breath. Within that deep breath you are suddenly grounded, humbled and you are filled with an overwhelming sense of pride and achievement.
 
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking." - Steve Jobs.

 

What is your specialist skill or something you are really good at? This doesn't have to relate to your job!

I definitely wouldn't jump straight to specialist... but I love to bake. Cooking and baking helps me to relax and I love the challenge of trying to create something new.
 

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Introducing…
Elise Adams
, Head of Business and Support Services at the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA).


Why did you enter the not for profit sector?

I entered the not-for-profit sector to better address a personal vision around service to others. Having worked for 10 years in private and 19 years in public sector, it seemed only fitting that my next role was to be in this sector – maybe it comes with age!

 

What are you hoping to get from the scholarship?

I’m absolutely delighted to be a recipient of the this year’s scholarship. The key opportunity is to further my perspective in association management and leadership, test the waters with some of the work I’m involved with at the NZVA and ultimately to leverage both mine and others strengths and experiences – I’m very much the collectivist.

 

If you could have a super power what would it be?

Super power? I quite like Dash from the Incredibles. Yes, I think speed would be a great power in order to do the mundane things like grocery shopping and dropping off dry cleaning.

 

What is your favourite part of your work day?

The favourite part of my work day is when I get to listen.  Listening to both the formal and informal messages around the office, in a meeting, at the lunch table. Very much a believer of two ears and one mouth, listening has got me through the challenging times and the times of opportunity.  However, right up there with listening is recognising potential in others and seeing what they do when given the opportunity.

 

What is your specialist skill or something you are really good at? This doesn't have to relate to your job!

I went to my colleagues on this one – and the consensus was strategy, leadership and not getting distracted by ‘noise’.  I agree with this, I’m often the one who is asked for wise counsel or what if scenarios and then once decision is made I stay true to the decision and remain on course. Maybe that has something to do with having five children within 7 years! I survived that journey as they’re all adults now and I’m pretty unscathed.

 

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Introducing…

Nikki Wright, Events Manager at the Federated Farmers of New Zealand.
 

Why did you enter the not for profit sector?

I wanted to be part of Federated Farmers because they do work that matters. Feds provides a voice for Farmers across New Zealand in boardrooms and every level of Governance.
We have the largest policy team outside of government, so that’s pretty impressive. Our Communications team is small but cranks out a lot of good content and good work which aims to tell Farmers stories and bridges the gap between the rural and urban divide.

 

What are you hoping to get from the scholarship?

I want to learn information and techniques that can help me engage with our members.
I’d also like to learn new methods to improve my leadership skills. 


If you could have a super power what would it be?

The ability to make people honest and respectful of others.
No but seriously, to always have the pizza delivered hot. It’s cold way too often…

 

What is your favourite part of your work day?

It’s more a case of enjoying the process of creating events overall, rather than a work day as such. I love theming (much to my Boss’ dismay) and I love branding, given my background in promotional goods, so I enjoy creating Fed's branded items.
The best part though, is coming to the end of an event and getting feedback from delegates; to me, that’s a good return on investment.

 

What is your specialist skill or something you are really good at? This doesn’t have to relate to your job!

Personally, I’m a pretty good cook, I make a mean goulash. I’m keen on photography and have a thing for landscapes and travel.


 




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