Developing future leaders
The ECM Summer School has consistently been the bridge to a successful career in the meetings industry. It has graduated 1,500 students – many of whom have gone on to become future leaders. Despite new technology and hybrid meetings, the winning formula has remained the same : a unique opportunity for young professionals, just entering the meetings industry, to spend three days with some of the biggest names in our business in an “old-fashioned” school. The faculty is not made up of academics but seasoned practitioners with a “tell it as it is” angle based on many years hands-on experience.
Valuable platforms and forums
– Conferences: Typically 2 conferences a year hosted in a member city. The June conference is combined with the General Assembly.
– Forums: A Forum for the meetings industry is usually attached to every conference. In addition, ECM can organize small forums throughout the year that are usually attached to either an ECM conference or another industry event. Examples are sustainability and the city; cruise destinations; how tour operators select cities and so on.
– Knowledge Groups: Knowledge groups form a critical part of ECM and are one of the key success factors for the association. Knowledge groups play a critical role currently in developing our potential in the areas of: TIC, Research and Statistics, City marketing, Digital Destinations, City Cards and Benchmarking Reports.
Knowledge groups play a key role in improving our competitiveness. They provide the insight to help understand our barriers and the innovation and fresh new thinking to get break-through solutions. They are either “closed” when they are task orientated or “open” when they report back to members.