Ben Alcock

TIME’s Melbourne network gathered recently at the Express Travel Group’s national HQ for networking, lively presentations and, as you might expect, merriment and refreshments.

It was another rousing success according to TIME’s Melbourne convenor, Intrepid’s Brett Harvey.

“It was a terrific night attended by 40 aspiring industry executives, generously hosted by Express Travel Group. Huge thanks to italktravel’s Paul Pearman and ETG’s Cassie Myatt for all their effort putting the event on,” says Harvey.

Having watched the proceedings, Pearman commented: “It was so great to see the industry come together on neutral territory for the greater good of leadership and professional development. It’s something we need more of.”

The network enjoyed presentations by Tom Manwaring (CEO, Express Travel Group), as well as TIME mentor Sandy Colombo and TIME mentee Emma McInnes who spoke of their personal experiences inside the renowned mentoring program.

Tom Manwaring (CEO, Express Travel Group); Sandy Colombo (TIME mentor); Emma McInnes (TIME mentee and BDM, Back-Roads Touring Co.); Brett Harvey, Intrepid BDM Victoria.

Manwaring’s presentation focused on being customer obsessed, and on authenticity and integrity as essential leadership principles and drivers of success.

TIME mentor and Business Mindset Coach, Sandy Colombo, posited that at various points in anyone’s career, “You simply don’t know what you don’t know.

Sandy Colombo presents.

“But, no matter where you are in your professional journey, top or bottom, growth through training and personal development will expand you and your business”, she concluded.

Emma McInnes, a mentee and BDM at Back-Roads Touring Co., said that, “TIME facilitates self-directed, supportive, non-judgmental opportunities to connect with wisdom and experience in our industry that may not be accessible through regular development pathways where you work.”

Emma also pointed out that the benefits of the program extend well beyond the mentoring sessions themselves.

“The alumni network, industry connections and leadership opportunities that present themselves in and around the TIME community are priceless.”

Emma McInnes, Back-Roads Touring Co. BDM

Kate James, SureSave Sales Manager VIC; Pete Rawley; Amber Kelly, Manager Marketing & Product at ETG.

The final word on leadership went to Sandy Colombo with her view that, “Leadership is not about highlighting the problem but taking one step towards the solution.”

“How would you eat an elephant?” Colombo asked.

The answer? One spoonful at a time.

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

Expressions of interest for the 32nd program intake (commencing 5 September) are due by Friday 17 August, 2018.

For more information, please email TIME program manager, Marie Allom at [email protected] or click here.


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