Interactive EBACE2019 YoPro Session Looks to Make a Long-Term Impact on Industry
10 April 2019
Sustainability and other vital issues facing the industry, take center stage during at the 2019 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2019) young professionals (YoPro) session on Tuesday, 21 May in the Innovation Zone.
The session – If Not Us, Who? If Not Now, When? Making a Long-Term Impact – takes place in the style of the popular Shark Tank television show, in which emerging entrepreneurs present their business concepts to industry leaders with the hope of obtaining financial support to build their businesses.
Ten young professionals recently participated in the One Young World Summit in The Hague, Netherlands, along with more than 1,800 other young leaders, to discuss and develop solutions topics important to corporate development including sustainability, education and healthcare.
At EBACE2019, they will pitch their solutions for sustainability to a panel of business aviation leaders with the ultimate goal of persuading these leaders, alongside members of industry, to support the proposals for change in their own businesses and communities.
- Maureen Gautier, The Air Law Firm
- Nicolas Kroll, Luxaviation Belgium
- Patrick Müry, Cat Aviation
- Stacey Choi, Cranfield University Graduate
Attendees also will participate in the interactive session by offering questions, suggestions and votes through the EBACE app.
“This is a completely innovative way to discuss new topics,” said Sierra Grimes, NBAA’s senior manager of registration and NBAA liaison to the YoPro Council. “We want to leverage creative thinking and approaches to our education sessions and critical topics like sustainability and the environment.”
This session also focuses on critical features of the new and emerging workforce. First, business aviation workforce development initiatives shouldn’t just focus on mechanics, pilots and other aviation professionals. The industry will require many specialties and out-of-the-box thinkers in environment, technology and other areas.
Second, companies need to consider how their corporate values impact their ability to attract young employees.
“When we consider workforce development in business aviation, we have to focus on topics that are important to next generation, which include environmental sustainability, education and philanthropic efforts,” added Grimes. “If your company’s actions don’t reflect these values, you won’t attract and retain the top young professionals.”
A networking reception will immediately follow the session, giving presenters and attendees an opportunity for networking.