Young managers workshop at ELF

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A Young Managers Club (YMC) workshop has been added to the programme of this year’s Finat European Label Forum (ELF). The fourth edition of the annual ELF takes place in Dublin, from 6 to 8 June.

The workshop comes 10 years after the YMC was established in 2008, at the occasion of FInat’s Golden Jubilee congress in Paris, to meet an increasing need for up and coming managers in small to medium sized, and often family run, enterprises. These young professionals wanted help in becoming tomorrow’s leaders and to expand their knowledge about self-adhesive labels. The club helps develop emerging management talent by providing needed educational and vocational opportunities. Taking place on Wednesday afternoon prior to the start of ELF, the workshop will include a competition that will see young versus old battle it out in a business simulation workshop, which should prove to be both educational and entertaining.

During the main ELF programme, the opening keynote speaker on the second day of the event, Sarah Sladek, best selling author, speaker and CEO of XYZ University will also address the generation question. Her company has helped hundreds of organisations grow membership and reduce turnover among younger generations. She will discuss her experience in helping organisations engage future generations of members and talent and share ideas about best practices.

The ELF Industry debate that will follow Sarah’s keynote presentation will take stock of where our industry is and will be going in terms of succession, consolidation, ownership, technology innovation, leadership, skills, know how and resources.

‘We are very pleased that YMC will have its own workshop as part of the ELF,’ states YMC president Chris Jones. ‘There is a lot of dynamic change happening in the industry and we need focused, dedicated and inspiring leaders that will continue to drive all the positive change currently underway far into the future. The ELF will give our members the opportunity to learn more from their peers while our own conference will help them address some of the more specific day to day challenges they face.’

Other keynote speakers are TV commentator and spokesman of former British PM Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, who will address Brexit; and Professor Noreena Hertz, economist and author, who will offer guidance on how to make the right decisions in an increasingly complex business environment.

‘The YMC workshop is just one element of what will be a truly outstanding programme this year,’ Chris concluded. “There is something for everyone in this conference that each will be able to bring back to their companies and implement to future proof their businesses. We encourage YMC members to invest in this special programme as a career advancement opportunity in addition to the advantages they receive from ELF as a whole.’

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