Future Shapers

About Future Shapers

The Future Shapers program supports the development of high performers within the AIPC community to think and act like leaders. Participants will be senior managers with proven leadership skills who are looking for a learning opportunity with practical outcomes. They are our high performers on a career growth path.

Through education, a community of peers and mentors, and a platform to perform, the program will support these future leaders to become future shapers of our industry.

The Future Shapers program supports the venue management industry to identify future venue leaders and prepare them for success by offering professional education and inspiration, an opportunity to demonstrate excellence and a framework that will result in value creation for the entire AIPC community.

The Future Shapers platform allows high performers to connect, share and learn.


Future Shapers Programme

The programme includes:

  • Free registration to the AIPC conference and other key educational events
  • 8 - 10 x one-hour tailored, exclusive on-line sessions with experts in venue leadership
  • Dedicated mentor from the AIPC community
  • A team challenge to be presented at the AIPC Annual Conference
  • Opportunity to contribute to the AIPC Academy
  • Access to all AIPC educational activities and materials
  • Join the AIPC Future Shapers Alumni

Want to join?

Who is the programme for?

The target group consists of the talented individuals within convention centers, who have demonstrated leadership and who are on their journey to become part of the senior leadership team. Or to put it differently: the future leaders of the AIPC Community.

How to apply?

Are you part of the target group and do you have 7-10 years of event industry experience? Then you are only 6 steps away from being a Future Shaper:

  1. Download and fill out the application form
  2. Update your resume
  3. Have your Director/Vice-President or CEO write a letter of endorsement
  4. Write an essay to describe why you think you should be chosen to participate in the AIPC Future Shapers Programme (max 500 words!)
  5. Create a video in which you explain how you have shown leadership in your organization and describe how you have driven projects or participated in organizational change (5 minutes maximum!)
  6. Send the full pack to futureshapers@aipc.org by 1st August 2021

Your application package will then be thoroughly evaluated and scored by the Future Shapers task force and final results will be reviewed by the Board of AIPC. All applicants will be informed of the outcome by beginning of September 2021.

If you have any questions, please send a mail to futureshapers@aipc.org

AIPC Future Shapers Task Force


Samantha Glass

Director of Corporate Affairs & Communication, ICC Sydney
Positive change through storytelling

Kareem Salvant

Event Logistics and Facilities Support Manager, Javits Center
Enabling change management with process technology & training

Kathleen Warden

Director of Conference Sales, Scottish Event Campus
Encouraging progress through nurturing talent

Elaine Wan

Executive Office Affairs Manager, Hong Kong CEC
Passionate venue management professional

Overview The Future Shapers lectures

Becoming a Leader Cathy O’Dowd September 2021
Leadership and your personal brand Will Whitehorn October 2021
Lead the people, not the number Monica Lee-Müller November 2021
How to get your stakeholders on board Peter King, Greg O’Dell, Juliana Lopez January 2022
Go Agile 1, Koru Consulting James Bishop February 2022
Agility Case Study Adam Mather-Brown March 2022
Towards a sustainable future Alan Steel April 2022
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