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Next Generation Leadership
Applications open for NGL 2020
The 2020 UFI Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant, which recognises and supports the best talent in the exhibition industry, has been launched. With the NGL Grant, UFI is committed to empowering talented exhibition professionals by providing them with a platform to express their views on the future of our industry. Applications are now open for the fifth edition of the programme. Up to five industry professionals who demonstrate clear initiatives for driving change and innovation within their areas of activity will receive grants. The deadline for grant applications is March 6, 2020. An international jury, led by UFI president Mary Larkin, will select the future leaders based on their exceptional initiative in driving change and innovation in their sector of the exhibition industry. The chosen grantees will have the opportunity to present to high-level industry professionals at the UFI Global Congress 2020 in Muscat (Oman). Furthermore, they will benefit from 12 months of mentorship from an executive-level industry representative. Grantees will also gain exposure for their companies through UFI's global communications. Applicants should be a full-time employee in the exhibition industry, have no more than ten years of work experience in the exhibition industry and be motivated to participate in the programme while managing work responsibilities (between three and five extra hours per month). UFI President Mary Larkin says: "The UFI Next Generation Leadership Grant is all about promoting the diverse talent we have in the exhibition industry all around the world and giving our rising professionals the international recognition and opportunities they deserve." All NGL grantees will participate in an 18-month programme alongside their work commitments, covering a workshop with all chosen grantees at the UFI European Conference in Gothenburg (June 2020), followed by six months of joint preparation work during which grantees will prepare for the presentation at the UFI Global Congress 2020 and twelve months of exclusive mentorship from an executive-level mentor (November 2020-October 2021), who will provide a safe and confidential environment to learn and test ideas and discuss work-related challenges and opportunities.
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