Ben Alcock

TIME’s ‘celebrate everything’ ethos evident again as Amadeus IT Pacific hosts the final 2018 graduation festivities for the industry’s no. 1 career accelerator.

The Travel Industry Mentor Experience (TIME) network congregated again in Sydney last week to network, up-skill and acknowledge the achievement of its 30th group of graduates.

The graduation function was generously hosted by TIME program sponsor, Amadeus IT Pacific, and blended workshops, guest presentations, drinks, nibbles and networking.

TIME program founder, Penny Spencer said, “TIME graduations are a wonderful reminder of the power of mentoring.

TIME Founder, Penny Spencer with Craig Adamson from Leading Hotels of the World.

“In the space of six months we see these ambitious professionals enter the program nervously then emerge with a new confidence in their own abilities, their judgement and readiness to lead. It is extraordinarily transformative”, added Penny.

Graduating Group Program 29 & 30: Front Row (left to right) Fiona Dalton, mentor; Lena Nielson, graduate; Sean Flint and Bernadette Dennis, both mentors; Grant Currey, graduate. Back row: (left to right) Melinda O’Connor, Hannah Carniel and Christine Keighley (all graduates).

As part of TIME’s ongoing professional development program for graduates, the evening kicked off with a business etiquette workshop facilitated by renowned travel industry trainer, Robyn Willis Inglis.

“Robyn’s workshop was really well-received, and a valuable reminder of the importance of—even in this day and age—etiquette in business”, said program manager, Marie Allom.

The graduation was generously hosted by Amadeus IT Pacific in Sydney.

The business etiquette workshop was followed by presentations from TIME’s 2018 Virtuoso Travel Week scholarship recipient, Claire Haggarty, Trade Marketing Manager at Insight Vacations—who spoke about her experience at Travel Week in Las Vegas—and Ana Pedersen, Global Director Corporate Sales, Marketing & Supplier Relations at QBT Travel.

Guest Speaker for the evening, Ana Pedersen (left) with Sharon Stanley.

Ana spoke about her travel industry career to date, and the journey it has taken her on from Australia to the USA and back again into a Global Directorship at QBT and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

“The guest presentations are always so interesting”, said Penny Spencer.

“But I do love the individual addresses that each graduating mentee gives as they reflect on their own TIME experience. We all learn something from those. That exchange of wisdom is what TIME is all about”, concluded Penny.

Bart Druitt, Ben Walters, Timo Lorenzen – current mentees.

Since its foundation in 2009, TIME has accelerated the leadership and career paths of some 200 graduates from more than 100 travel, tourism and hospitality businesses.

The mentorship is now seeking applicants for its 33rd program intake commencing 13 February, 2019.

Expressions of interest are due by Friday 25 January, 2018.

For more information, click here or email Program Manager, Marie Allom at [email protected]


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