Blogger: Stephanie Selesnick, President of International Trade Information, Inc.
A fresh new year signals the beginning of Award Season. In the United States, films are being considered for Academy Awards, records and songs nominated for Grammy Awards, and designers are vying to have the hottest stars and artists wear their clothes, shoes and jewelry at the events.
For the global exhibition industry, UFI has a number of prestigious awards that may be right up your alley.
Is your company or organization doing something award-worthy? Have some of your team members successfully produced serious innovations in how things are done within your business, and are deserving of recognition?
The Awards and deadlines to apply:
- Digital Innovation (previously Technology). Deadline: March 19, 2018
- Human Resources (previously Education). Deadline: March 19, 2018
- Marketing. Deadline: February 15, 2018
- Next Generation Leadership Grant. Deadline: February 27, 2018
- Operations & Services. Topic and deadline: tba
- Sustainable Development. Deadline: January 31, 2018
Winners receive: acknowledgement via media releases, coverage in international industry publications, UFI Info and social media; a complimentary registration to the 2018 UFI Global Congress in Saint Petersburg and a speaking opportunity at the same event during a special interest group named “Best Practices”.
Today I would like to focus on two of the above award programmes and encourage you strongly to take part in either of them.
The Sustainable Development Award honors those programs involving not only green issues, such as waste and energy consumption, but also include specific community initiatives. Entries must directly relate to practical aspects of or around an exhibition, not just a general “corporate” approach to sustainability. The 2018 UFI Sustainable Development Award is designed to recognise exhibiting companies that are implementing strong sustainability components in their exhibition booths and related operations. Collaborative entries from exhibition organizers and service providers are welcome.
My personal favorite Award is the Next Generation Leadership Grant (NGL Grant). Given to up to five worthy young industry professionals, this is one of the best opportunities to advance both the exhibition industry as well as their careers. This is the third time the Grants are being given out and include a mentoring program, capped off by a presentation at the 85th UFI Global Congress in Saint Petersburg in November.
I highly encourage you to share the submission information with young leaders within your organizations.
Remember, you cannot win if you do not enter! Good luck!