ICON NSW Mentoring Program Launch
In partnership with program sponsor, Marsden Group, the ICON NSW Committee is excited to launch the 2017 Mentoring Program.
For those of you not already familiar with it, this ICON initiative is designed to increase influence, build collaboration, and extend the opportunity to network among B2B professionals.
The aim of this program is to enhance a mentee’s abilities in their current role through connecting them with the experience of a mentor within our community. Through providing guidance and strategies that will allow mentee’s to improve their performance and confidence, this program will create an influential contribution to the mentee’s career. Mentors will also benefit from developing their leadership skills and shaping the careers of future B2B professionals.
As with last year’s program, this year we will run two programs – one for junior-mid level B2B professionals (Assistant through to Advisor/Executive) and one for our senior cohort of B2B professionals (Manager and above).
Our junior-mid level program will run in a similar fashion to previous years with one scheduled meeting each month for a total of six meetings, or more if mutually agreed between the mentor and mentee. The suggested length of each meeting is one hour and can be arranged at a time, date and location suitable for both parties – we suggest catching up at a café over coffee. Additional communication may include phone or email interaction, again depending on what is agreed upon between you.
The senior program will run in the same way as the junior-mid level program, however, it is designed to act as an "ideas network" for senior B2B professionals – sharing ideas across non-competing industries in a confidential environment. We suggest that the mentor and mentee meet on six occasions, however, this will again be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee. (Mentors from the junior program are, of course, also welcome to apply to be a mentee in the senior program.)
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
Please review and complete the applicable mentor/mentee form as part of either the junior or senior application pack (found by clicking the relevant links below) and submit to your ICON NSW Committee Mentoring Program contacts by Wednesday, 28 June 2017.
Junior-mid level program – Nichole McLachlan (firstname.lastname@example.org), Laura Gray (email@example.com) and Tanjali Chelliah (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Junior Mentoring Program Application Pack (including both mentor and mentee application forms)
Senior program – Vicky Doneska (email@example.com) and Jo Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Senior Mentoring Program Application Pack (including both mentor and mentee application forms)
Once you have submitted the relevant form and have been matched with your mentor/mentee, mentees will be invoiced by the ICON NSW accounts team.
Please note that spaces in each program are limited so don’t delay in submitting your application!
COST FOR PARTICIPATION
Once you have been paired with your mentor/mentee you will receive an email from one of the program contacts advising you of the pairing and introducing you to one another. The program will officially run from July to December 2017, and there will be a mentor/mentee “meet and greet” event in late July (details to follow).
Again, if you have any questions about the program, please get in touch with your NSW Committee Mentoring Program contacts:
We hope the benefits for all will be numerous, and that you are as excited about this program as we are. We look forward to receiving your application!
ICON thanks the program partner:
The NSW ICON committee is excited to launch the next two lunches in the 2017 CONNECT Networking Lunch series.
The next two lunches are aimed at bringing together members of the Assistant/Coordinator cohort and Adviser/Executive cohort respectively to provide an opportunity to network with your peers and have discussions around the opportunities and challenges you each face. It is also a great opportunity to broaden your professional networks outside of your firm across the various sectors within the professional services industry.
For those unfamiliar with the overall CONNECT Networking Lunch Series, these intimate lunches bring together specialists from areas of marketing, communications and business development in a casual lunch setting. The lunches aim to cover a range of topics, with some including a guest speaker, and others operating as an open forum for you to connect with your peers across the professional services industry.
To ensure you get the greatest value from the experience, these lunches will be restricted to a maximum of 10 people – so get in quick!
Lunch 3 – Assistants/Coordinators CONNECT
$55 (inc. GST) for member
$70 (inc. GST) for non-members
If you have any questions regarding the program or suggestions for future lunches please contact Luke Wilson.
We look forward to CONNECTing with you soon!
Event details for Lunch 4 – Advisers/Executives CONNECT
ICON Members $55 (inc. GST)
Non-Members $70 (inc. GST)
In our increasingly digital world, it’s essential to understand the full spectrum of ways your clients can learn about and interact with you. With the multitude of online channels available, it’s easy to get lost. This is where having a digital strategy becomes an essential tool to get cut-through with clients and potential clients.
The Digital Dimensions Series aims to arm ICON members of all levels and experience with the knowledge and best practices to make effective use of digital marketing in the professional services industry.
Digital Dimensions Session 2 – Hello… is it me you’re looking for?
SEO, SEM, EDM – We’ve all heard of these terms, but do you know what they mean? The next session of the Digital Dimensions Series aims to break through the jargon and give you the knowledge to factor these important marketing techniques into your campaigns.
Cameron Steel, Managing Director of Mindworks Marketing Communications will run us through best practice and some fresh ideas on how to be found online.
Some key points that Cameron will cover:
A little bit about our presenter:
Cameron is a 35-year veteran of the advertising industry.
Having started his working life with the then behemoth advertising agency George Patterson Bates, Cameron worked his way through the ranks to follow a Media Planning career pathway. During these years working for USP Needham (now part of the DDB Group).
In 2002, Cameron launched MindWorks Marketing Communications, one of Australia’s leading Direct Marketing specialist agencies.
Over the last 15 years, MindWorks has grown from a direct mail agency to a turn-key multichannel Direct Marketing Agency providing expertise across Digital, Direct, Data and Social capabilities to B2C and B2B marketers across a wide range of Industries including: Agriculture, Business Services, Banking and Finance, Education and IT&C to name a few.
Who should attend:
ICON Members: $77 AUD (including GST)
Non-Members: $99 AUD (including GST)
We look forward to seeing you there!
To register for this session, please click here.
ICON thanks event sponsor
Most firms have formal client feedback mechanisms and programs in place, but, do the programs work and are we really listening to what our clients are telling us? Are we taking steps to play back the feedback our clients provide us and improve the overall client experience? Moreover, are we asking the right questions of our clients to uncover where the commercial drivers and their individual career objectives intersect, and, understand the role we can play?
We've assembled a panel of experts including Chief Marketing Officer of Allens, Julie Barber, Director and principal consultant of QED Business Development, Paul McAllister, to explore these questions, the programs they’ve seen work and more.
A little about each of our panellists:
Julie Barber is the CMO at Allens. She leads a very talented team of around 40, whose focus spans client experience, client relationships, business development, marketing, brand and communication.
Before Allens, Julie spent a number of years working in the UK, including for Linklaters on their series of European mergers in Sweden, Belgium and Luxembourg. Before law, Julie worked in a number of roles for government, including advising on media, public education and community consultation strategy.
Paul McAllister is the Director of QED Business Development. Since its establishment in 2003, Paul has spent over 10,000 hours coaching and training professionals in business development with significant and tangible increases in revenue and sustainability.
He has worked with, coached and trained a variety of professionals – from hydrologists to M&A lawyers to tax accountants. He uses his experience to help firms and individuals create their best business development plans, and, most importantly, to execute them. He has a particular focus on helping to improve provider’s standing in their client’s eyes in order to improve sustainability and reduce churn.
Before starting QED, Paul spent seven successful years in business development roles with Ernst & Young and a further ten years in senior oil trading roles, both in Australia and in Asia, for BHP.
A light breakfast will be served. Please advise dietary requirements during registration.
We look forward to seeing you there!
ICON thanks event sponsor:
October 19 & 20, 2017 – Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
More than one booking advantage – discount deadline approaching!
Early Booking Advantage – book before 31 July discount
Group Booking Advantage – groups of 5+ discount
New speakers confirmed
Insider knowledge on Managing between generations from Avril Henry, author of 'Leadership Revelations: An Australian Perspective' and Executive Director, Australian Centre for Leadership for Women
Associate Professor Robin Stonecash discusses Management innovation for cross-border teams from her experience as Director Executive Education University of Sydney Business School, and as Program Director for Rabobank's Executive Development Program
Marketing Automation and industry nouse from Ben Scott, Grant Thornton and Jason Murray of RAIN Group
New panel confirmed
Collaborative Intelligence Panel
Sarah Chisman-Duffy, Head of Client Engagement, Corrs Chambers WestgarthMatthew Jones, Head of Knowledge & Research, Herbert Smith FreehillsAllison Nussbaum, Head of Client Success, Manzama
International guest speaker Timothy B. Corcoran on current trends for data-driven marketing
Anthony Quinn, Value Machine, asking Is Design Thinking the path to Utopia?
Top tips from Paul Hugh-Jones, Beaton Global, What winners do differently - Take aways from the AFR Client Choice Awards
The celebrated panels return: CMO Panel, Managing Partner Panel and Client Panel
+ Conference Cocktail Party
Reach for the sky with us at Sydney's newest rooftop venue Untied Rooftop Bar, Barangaroo
ICON is the keynote professional development and engagement network for sales, business development, marketing and communications professionals working for the leading professional services firms in Asia Pacific.
Please see below the conference program snapshot.
ICON thanks the conference sponsors: