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Combined instead of retired

// Katrin Schmitt

CIM launches its “6 over 60” mentoring club at IMEX. The international club wants to team (young) talents with senior managers to promote experience sharing and networking.

Photo: IMEX Group.

Kein geringerer als Ray Bloom, Vorsitzender der IMEX Group, ist Schirmherr des Club 6 over 60. (Photo: IMEX Group)

Project of the heart. The kick-off is on 22 May at 3:00 p.m. At CIM’s IMEX booth in hall 9 we will be officially launching our “6 over 60” club – and you are warmly invited! The “6 over 60” club intends to bring together mentors and mentees from the international meetings industry. In an age when the main focus is on millennials, the valuable experience of senior managers often fades into the background. One of the consequences: management skills and industry experience are often retired instead of combined with the (digital) know-how of young talents.

A development that CIM – Conference & Incentive Management would like to influence and transform. Together with an international partner, the CIM team is setting up an international, yet exclusive, club of initially six industry professionals over 60 to build bridges between “digital immigrants” and “digital natives”. We will create a network between talents who are just starting out and experts who are either successfully ending or looking back on their career.

But in the sense of reverse mentoring, the young talent can also be a mentor: The experts will receive some coaching to help them better understand digitisation, millennial views or new, agile management methods. If the expert is a mentor, he or she can offer leadership or career coaching and supervise final thesis projects. Each mentor-menteeship will be established between carefully selected candidates and run for a limited period of time. Among other things, there will be a white paper featuring the combined knowledge of the tandem, which is to be shared with the meetings industry.

Would you like to be part of this? Write to me: k.schmitt@cimunity.com, I look forward to reading from you.