Meetings and Millennials, a network for young professionals from the meeting, incentive travel, conference, event and exhibition sectors to learn, connect and advocate, has launched.

The network will operate as an online community with informal face-to-face meet-ups at MICE events.

Gráinne Ní Ghiollagáin, business development manager at Croke Park Meetings and Events, and co-founder of Meetings and Millennials, said: “Meetings and Millennials started when three of us attended the ICCA Forum for Young Professionals in Barcelona in 2015. The forum was excellent. It brought us all together but, once it was over, there was no formal setting to meet again and develop the connections. Meetings and Millennials provides us with that important place and – importantly – it helps us dispel the cliché that we’re an ‘entitled generation’.”

Anne Berrevoets, events coordinator at European Association for International Education and co-founder of Meetings and Millennials, said: “Thanks to Martin Sirk, executive director at ICCA, we were asked to co-ordinate a session at the ICCA World Congress on millennials in the workplace. Coming together to create the presentation for ICCA was a wonderful experience and made us realise how the voice of our generation is not yet heard in our industry the way it would be in the start-up sector or tech, for example. By creating this network, we believe we can change that.”

Aoife McCrum, social media and digital marketing manager at SoolNua, and co-founder of Meetings and Millennials, commented: “We’ve created an online hub to learn from each other, share our experiences but also to advocate for our sector and to highlight the unique perspective we bring to the work that we do in meetings, incentives, conferences and events. Since we presented at ICCA we have been asked to conduct sessions at conferences in Paris and Frankfurt. These platforms allow us to educate corporations, agencies and associations on how to get the best from their millennial team members.”