We are currently finalizing our 2017 UpStart content. Below is an example from our 2016 VenueConnect in Minneapolis.

Imagine yourself starting your career, eager to learn and meet as many seasoned industry professionals as possible. Maybe you’re nervous or concerned you don’t have the time or resources to educate and network yourself efficiently. Don’t worry. We got you covered.

UpStart provides education and networking for young professionals and students just beginning their careers in the venue management profession. Powered by the IAVM Foundation in partnership with Western Kentucky University, UpStart participants learn valuable career skills from industry leaders while making connections with executives from major venues.  

Your career journey begins at VenueConnect. Featured content includes peer-to-peer roundtables lead by 30|UNDER|30 recipients, the Millennial BootCamp focusing on generational communications, and The Game Changer.

The Millennial BootCamp is a program where Millennials will learn first-hand about Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, and Gen Xers and gain strategies on how to best communicate with each generation. Facilitated by BridgeWorks, an organization dedicated to helping people understand each other, the BootCamp will be led by generational expert Phil Gwoke, an international speaker who has presented to more than 100,000 people and whose life mission is to help people excel and bring out the best in every generation.

New this year at UpStart, The Game Changer offers attendees the opportunity to meet more than 20 industry executives and established leaders during a 90-minute networking session via small, group conversations.

UpStart is free for young professionals, students, and faculty and is made possible through the support of IAVM members, venue industry leaders, and other partners that have supported the IAVM Foundation’s Build An Amazing Future campaign. It is US$35 for other VenueConnect attendees. Prior registration is required. Lunch is sponsored by Portland’5 Centers for the Arts.

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