Future Shapers: application process and selection criteria

“Together, we shape the future of venues.”

The Future Shapers Program returns for a second year, following the overwhelming success of its inaugural presentation in 2021/22.  The program is designed to support the venue management industry by supporting the development of its high performers to think and act as leaders.

Participants will be senior managers on a path to the highest leadership roles within their organisations.  Through education, a community of peers and mentors, and a platform to perform, the program supports these future leaders to become future shapers of our industry.

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


  • Free registration to the AIPC conference and other key educational events
  • 6 x -1.5 hour exclusive online sessions with experts from within and outside the venue industry.
  • A team challenge to be presented at the AIPC Annual Conference
  • Access to all AIPC educational activities and materials
  • Support from the Year 1 Future Shapers Alumni
  • Join the AIPC Future Shapers Alumni


  • AIPC membership
  • 7-10 years of event industry experience
  • Complete application form (page 2)
  • Resume
  • A letter from your Director/Vice President or CEO supporting and endorsing your candidacy
  • A video (3 – 5 minutes):
    • Why do you think you should be chosen to participate in the programme? Please describe your soft leadership skills, and how they will benefit the programme.
  • Written application (500 words):
    • Provide two examples of innovation/projects/organisational change which you have led, and tell us how you did this.
  • A commitment to participate in six 1.5hr lectures , groupwork towards the Team Challenge and attendendance at the 2023 Annual Congress in 2023. (NB Future Shapers will be required to be there 1 day in advance)
  • All requirements must be received by 23 September 2022


  • Who is the target group of the Future Shapers Programme?
    • The target group is talented individuals from across the industry who have demonstrated leadership and who are on their journey to become part of the executive leadership team. Or to put it differently: the future leaders of organizations.
  • Is there an age limit?
    • There is no age limit for joining the programme.
  • What is the cost for joining the programme?
    • There is a €500 registration fee and participants will be expected to cover their travel & expenses at the Annual Congress.
  • Is it mandatory to join the Annual Congress?
    • Candidates are indeed expected to attend the Annual Congress as the Team Challenges will be presented at the meeting
  • What if I change jobs during the programme?
    • If a candidate decides to leave the organization she/he is working for, the participation in the programme ends automatically.


Submit application and required materials to: futureshapers@aipc.org

 A Selection Committee will review and score all applications.Selection into the program will be based solely on these ratings. The Selection Committee will announce program participants on October 6th 2022.


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