AIME to focus on the future of work, resilience and wellness

The show’s Knowledge Program will feature a keynote from former Australian tennis star Jelena Dokic.

The programme will feature a mix of industry business leaders, event professionals and keynote speakers.
The programme will feature a mix of industry business leaders, event professionals and keynote speakers.

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), taking place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 13-15 February, has unveiled its Knowledge Program, with an overriding theme of ‘Your Industry, Your Opportunity’.

The programme will showcase how the business events sector can emerge stronger and more important, following periods of upheaval. Sessions will focus on the future of work, how to build resilient cultures, what to do in a crisis, upskilling and wellness.

The programme will feature a mix of industry business leaders, event professionals and keynote speakers, and will be hosted by El Kwang, chief commercial officer at The Venues Collection, AIMEbassador and chair of the Knowledge Program Advisory Committee.

Speakers for the day include Professor Ben Hamer and Australian tennis star Jelena Dokic. Hamer is a media commentator, podcast host and author of The Kickass Career and will cover the future of work in his keynote. Dokic will draw on her life experience to deliver a talk around wellbeing and resilience.

Speaker sessions will be complemented by EQ (emotional intelligence) and IQ (intelligence) streams, designed to address both the hard and soft skills needed to thrive in the business events industry. The day will end with associations setting the vision for the future of the industry.

Commenting on her participation, Dokic said: “It is wonderful to see an industry putting health, wellbeing and resilience front-and-centre. It is clear the business events industry is moving at breakneck speed and these themes could not be more timely. Building resilient workforces will permeate the future of workplace dialogue and I am pleased to be part of this movement.”

For the first time in the history of AIME, the programme has been compiled by the Knowledge Program Advisory Committee, with eight leaders from the Asia Pacific meetings and events curating all program content to ensure it is relevant and timely.

Anna Patterson, founder of experiences and events provider Sight, and member of the committee said: “We are at a pivotal point in our industry’s trajectory and we need to think more about the future. The Knowledge Program is about empowering people by sharing experiences and focusing on the opportunities for what’s next.”

Silke Calder, AIME event director, added: “On the back of a monumental 2022, everyone is starting to feel the ‘burn’. Event planners more than ever are having to balance the practical skills of event planning with the more humanistic qualities which build connection within our workplaces and our events. We have kept this front of mind when curating the 2023 Knowledge Program, selecting a diverse range of speakers and sessions to create space for us as individuals, and together as an industry, to inspire leadership, creativity and map a better path forward.”