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Ungerboeck Excited About the Next Generation of Leaders

Ungerboeck Excited About the Next Generation of Leaders

The events industry needs the millennial talent to bring their attitudes, excitement, creativity and new ways of working and gathering to help innovate events industry. Much of the evolution and innovation in the industry will depend on the contribution of its future leaders. Whether in an emerging market or an evolving mature region, these leaders carry with them the promise of raising the bar for customer engagement and service delivery for the events industry globally.

We are proud to forge strong partnerships with global and regional industry associations support a range of professional development and recognition programs for future industry leaders.

Through bursaries, scholarships and awards programs, Ungerboeck’s targeted sponsorships facilitate training, networking and mentoring for burgeoning leaders in America, Europe, the Middle-East, North Asia and Australasia.


USA - IAVM’s 30 Under 30

China - UFI and VMA’s Venue Management School in China

Australia - Venue Management School & Young Achiever Award

Australasia - EEAA Richard Geddes Award & Young Stars Program

Middle East - The Saudi Event Management Academy (SEMA)

Meetings & Events Australia’s (MEA) - Young Professionals Scholarship


USA IAVM’s 30 Under 30

The program provides year-round continued education for professional growth in the venue industry and helps program participants become better, more productive employees.

Brad Mayne CFE, President and CEO of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM):

“Many of our members and peers have known Ungerboeck throughout their careers in the world’s leading venues, however many more are coming to recognise Ungerboeck as champions of education and continuing development; an organisation that supports emerging talent.”

UFI, the Global Association for Exhbitions & Venue Management Association’s (VMA) Venue Management School in China

The program offers exhibition venue managers the opportunity to improve their operational and managerial skill sets. The curriculum covers a wide range of capabilities including leadership skills, strategic planning, marketing, people management as well as problem solving and decision-making skills.

Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director of UFI:

“UFI has a long-standing relationship with Ungerboeck and the organisation has always been very generous with its time and resources to support the association’s initiatives globally.
“This year, we were extremely grateful to Ungerboeck for their support of the inaugural UFI-VMA Venue Management School in Shanghai.
“The three day program was a resounding success with Senior managers from top venues in mainland China and Hong Kong imparting their experience and insights, and the results achieved were a testament to the value that the programme will provide the region in the long term.”

Venue Management Association’s (VMA) Venue Management School & Young Achiever Award

These initiatives by the VMA promote the growth and development of the industry in Australasia. The programs recognise and encourage high achieving individuals to continue raising the bar and inspiring the up and coming leaders throughout all sectors.

Steve Harper CFE, Chair of VMA

“Ungerboeck has been a partner to the VMA for many years now and their support has been invaluable in running initiatives like our Venue Management School (VMS) and annual awards programme.
“The VMS reinforces excellence in venue management which ensures the region’s venues are competitive on a global stage and Ungerboeck should be very proud of the part they play in that.”

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) Richard Geddes Award & Young Stars Program

Through both initiatives, the EEAA aims to promote careers in the business events sector and recognise the achievements of the brightest young stars with the potential to be the future leaders of our industry. The Young Stars program provides networking and mentoring opportunities to its youngest Members while the awards program provides public recognition on the Association’s biggest stage, the EEAA Awards for Excellence.

Joyce DiMascio, EEAA Chief Executive

“Ungerboeck is a valued supporter of young professionals in the industry and does a lot to encourage their careers and development. We are proud of our strong partnership which helps us implement these programs and encourage our youngest members to strive for excellence in everything they do.”


The Saudi Event Management Academy (SEMA)

Located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, SEMA is the first event management academy in Saudi Arabia that covers all aspects of the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) industry from concept to reality. SEMA offers high-level courses for students, managers and industry professionals.

Dr. Zohair Al Sarraj, CEO of SEMA

“We are very pleased about the partnership with Ungerboeck that was initiated at IMEX in Frankfurt 2017. We are looking forward to welcoming two Ungerboeck representatives at the Saudi Meetings Industry Convention (SMIC) 18-20 February 2018 in Riyadh, who will be delivering lectures about event management and technology at the event.”

Meetings & Events Australia’s (MEA) Young Professionals Scholarship

The Ungerboeck Young Professional Scholarship program is open to employees of the meetings and events industry 30 years of age or under with less than 3 years full time experience. Scholarships are awarded to one winner in each Australian state and territory providing them with the opportunity to attend the MEA Annual National Conference to develop their skills and network with industry leaders.

Robyn Johnson, MEA Chief Executive Officer

“Our strong relationship with Ungerboeck and their continued support has made Young Professionals Scholarship, now in its fourteenth year, possible.
“Ungerboeck is firmly of future committed to supporting and nurturing the development of events industry leaders and fostering the growth of our young professionals."