June 22, 2021 | By Joyce DiMascio

Five young professionals from around the country have been named recipients of Meetings & Events Australia’s (MEA) 2021 Ungerboeck Young Professional Scholarship.

The winners are Olivia Hannan from Air Force Events in the Australian Capital Territory, Emily Smigowski from AA&P Events in the Northern Territory; Keisha Pickin from Merlin Events in New South Wales, Erin Glackin from Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort in Queensland and Luci Awad from Saxton Speakers Bureau in Victoria.

Ungerboeck has supported the scholarship since 2005 as part of its commitment to the development of future leaders in the events industry.

Fred Lazzerini, Ungerboeck’s APAC Managing Director said the winners had all shown incredible achievements and their participation in MEA’s national conference, Evolve, would provide them with valuable insights that will help shape the future of our industry.

“Thank you to MEA for providing such a great opportunity,” said Lazzerini.

“I wish all the winners every success throughout their careers and look forward to witnessing more of their achievements in the coming years.”

MEA’s Chair, Nigel Collin said, “It is wonderful to see the calibre of future leaders in our industry and congratulations to this year’s young professional scholarship recipients. MEA is proud to once again partner with Ungerboeck in supporting the future leaders of our industry.”

MEA will welcome winners of the scholarship to Evolve 2021 on September 8, either in-person in Melbourne, at a satellite hub in Sydney or Brisbane, or virtually.

Image: MEA’s Ungerboeck Young Professional Scholarship 2021 recipients, from left to right: Erin Glackin, Emily Smigowski, Keisha Pickin, Luci Awad and Olivia Hannan