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TIME celebrates first batch of mentees of the decade

Sydney’s Travel Industry Mentor Experience (TIME) community is celebrating its first batch of graduates for 2020.

The graduation was marked by a gathering at the Four Seasons Hotel and kicked off the second intake for the new decade.

“It was another joy-filled night as four brilliant mentees graduated, and we welcomed the next group on its 6-month journey of discovery and development,” said TIME program founder, Penny Spencer.

Alice Ager from Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, Nikki Bruce from Inspiring Journeys, Divinity Kefu from Spencer Travel, and Nicola Polglase from American Express Global Business Travel all graduated on the night.

Emceed by recent TIME graduate, the charismatic Timo Lorenzen—hotel manager at Veriu Group—the event commenced with a lively ‘How to use Linkedin to get the results you want’ workshop for TIME graduates facilitated by leadership and communication coach, Sandy Colombo.

The evening’s keynote address was delivered by the brilliant Michelle Allen, head of travel at Google. Michelle took the audience on a ride through her career from university, into the travel industry and travel tech before climbing the ladder at Amadeus IT Group in Spain and Australia, and then into the plum role as Head of Travel at Google.

The graduates from TIME program no. 35 each delivered a short speech describing their experiences along the way. Nikki Bruce, Brand Manager at Inspiring Journeys said she saw confidence come from being challenged.

“The best thing about this whole experience is meeting someone who challenges your weaknesses and makes you consciously aware of them,” Bruce said.

“You learn how they may be holding you back and how you can then move forward.”

TIME is calling for expressions of interest for program intake no. 38 commencing on 8 April 2020, and encourages ambitious travel, tourism and hospitality professionals to apply HERE.

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