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Applications open for Women in Exhibitions Network’s new mentoring scheme

by Olivia Powell

The Women in Exhibitions Network has announced that it is accepting applications from prospective mentees to join its new mentoring programme.

The mentors who have agreed to share their time, expertise and experiences with mentees include: Andrew Evans, managing director at Thorough Events; Alison Jackson, group managing director at Nineteen Group; Damion Angus, group managing director of Montgomery Group; Ed Tranter, founder and managing director of 73 Media; Emma Barrett, managing director of Broadway Events; Julie Driscoll, UK regional director at Hyve Group; Kate Chambers, gaming and event industry consultant; Meena Chander, founder of Events Together; Ruth Carter, director at Red Fox Advisory and guest editor of Exhibition News; Soraya Gadelrab, director of Reventalize; Simon Foster, international exhibition CEO and business leader; and Suzanne King, chief operating officer at CloserStill Media.

As a founding member of Women in Exhibitions Network, Ruth Carter has been instrumental in bringing together the Mentoring programme.

Carter said: “Passing on experience, knowledge and championing talent is an important part of being a leader.  But that is even more important given the challenges that 2020 has thrown at our industry.  Providing mentees with the opportunity for honest conversations that will fast-track their thinking and their careers will be a real benefit to all on the programme.”

For Emma Barrett, also a founding partner and vice president of Women in Exhibitions Network UK, added: “Over the years, through AEO mentorship, working groups and a myriad of networking events, I have built and have been surrounded by a network of people who help me grow, who I share ideas with and who I can call up for a chat when I’ve had a tough day.

“Having hugely benefited from various opportunities I put myself forward for, the time is now to pay it forward.  There are so many talented women in the industry who simply need mentorship to realise their potential.”

Montgomery Group’s Damion Angus said: “Women in Exhibitions Network have managed to initiate something of great meaning for our industry.  Especially in these times, empowering professionals and investing in their personal development is something we can relate to very much as a company.  Montgomery Group took an active role in supporting this community by enrolling our staff in the Layered Development Programme, we became a company member, and I will personally be one of the mentors in the Mentorship Programme.  This is a great initiative and I am really pleased to be involved.”

The Women in Exhibition’s Mentorship Programme will be beginning in January 2021, with places available on an ongoing basis. To join the programme, visit:  www.womeninexhibitions.com/become-a-member.

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