The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) kicked off its annual Sustainable Meetings Conference in Denver yesterday by hosting its third annual IMEX-GMIC Future Leaders Forum for students. The forum—which is one of several such events that IMEX co-sponsors annually in conjunction with major meetings industry gatherings—supports the growth and development of students as future meetings industry leaders. Its program, "Green Meetings 101," offers students education on how to plan green meetings and events.
"We are investing in new talent for the future and also engraining the importance of green issues early on to keep awareness high and encourage the next generation to think 'green,'" IMES Marketing and Operations Director Carina Bauer said in a statement. "The Future Leaders Forum successfully supports graduate event organizers in expanding their talents and improving their understanding of the market, so they are equipped with the knowledge needed to lead the industry in the future. The fact that the forums have now become hunting grounds for well-informed employers who want to snap up the best students at the very beginning of their careers just goes to prove this."
Presenters at yesterday's IMEX-GMIC Future Leaders Forum included Beverly Oviedo of Sustainable Solutions by Design, who gave students an overview of sustainability, process and context for events, and Joanna Lanzirotti, CMP, of the U.S. Green Building Council, who gave a talk on "implementation process, event management and green."
The highlight of the event, however, was the student challenge, during which attendees were tasked with planning a "perfect" event for the future.