Ben Alcock

The Travel Industry Mentor Experience (TIME) went head-to-head with Westeros by hosting one of its renowned networking evenings on the night of the Game of Thrones finale.

Both GOT and TIME brim with leadership lessons. TIME is, we can report, a lot less treacherous.

Time in Adelaide can seem a bit odd to the rest of the country with that quirk of being 30-minutes-off-the-hour. But when the mentorship comes to town, we find that Adelaide’s just like everywhere else. In a good way.

“Our gatherings are always abuzz with inspiration and energy.”

Penny Spencer, TIME Program Founder

“No matter where or when they take place, even on GOT finale night, TIME events draw some of the local industry’s finest minds and most ambitious people. And Adelaide was no different.”

She’s referring to the program’s most recent networking event in the South Australian capital, generously hosted by the team at Phil Hoffmann Travel Glenelg.

Deb Falvey – Journey Beyond; Ellise Saunders, Anne Ford and Ruby Smith – Phil Hoffmann Travel; and Ben Walters from Cover-More.

“It was a great evening,” said Program Graduate and Adelaide Coordinator, Cover-More’s Ben Walters.

“As you’d expect, the networking and conversation was lively across a range of travel brands and businesses, fuelled by some great catering from Amazing Grazers and drinks kindly sponsored by Phil Hoffmann Travel.”

Peter Egglestone from Journey Beyond, with Sonia Holt – The Walshe Group, and Paul Groundwater from Excite Holidays.

Inspired presentations were delivered by Michelle Ashcroft – General Manager at Phil Hoffmann Travel, and industry figure—and TIME program Mentor—Peter Egglestone.

Michelle energised the room with GOT-esque quotes like: “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough” – possibly a reference to raising dragons,  and “be someone you would choose to follow”.

Michelle Ashcroft, General Manager at Phil Hoffmann Travel, presents at the function.

Egglestone recalled many of his own experiences in and around the mentoring program, making the point that mentoring is not so much about the Mentor, but more about the Mentee as they drive the program and, ultimately, the results.

Mentor and Advocate, Peter Egglestone from Journey Beyond presents at the function as Penny Spencer watches on.

Walters, too, spoke of his recent experience as a TIME program Mentee.

“It was a refreshing change—for everyone, I think—to be regaling an industry audience with tales of something other than travel insurance,” he quipped.

Mary-Anne Guest – Phil Hoffmann Travel, Michelle Kerr – GMT Travel Co, Michelle Mickan, Mark Nicholson and Stacey Ward from Phil Hoffmann Travel.

Adelaide’s next event is scheduled for August, and all travel-tourism-hospitality professionals are encouraged to follow the program on Facebook and LinkedIn to keep up to date with what’s going on inside the industry’s premier career accelerator.

For more information, visit the website or contact Program Manager, Marie Allom at [email protected]


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