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Women dominate 2018 Mentor of the Year Award

Three of the industry’s leading ladies recognised in ACI HR’s 2018 Mentor of the Year Award.

Pacific World’s global managing director, Selina Sinclair, has been recognised as ‘Mentor of the Year’, an annual award programme developed by ACI HR Solutions to acknowledge industry leaders and the importance of mentorship.

AccorHotels’ Kerry Healy, vice president of sales APAC, and Jessie Khoo-Gan, general manager of Dorsett Singapore, were also awarded highly commended.

Now in its second year, ACI initiated a digital campaign for people to vote for their preferred mentor, one who inspires creativity, originality and encourages talent growth. Five industry leaders were nominated with voting taking place throughout October.

ACI HR Solutions, Andrew Chan, says: “We hope that this award can raise more awareness about mentorship and why it’s important. It’s interesting to note that our three winners are ladies, as were our two winners from 2017.”

Sinclair, who assumed the top job at Pacific World in 2015, says she is honoured to win the award. “Talent development is so important in our industry and seeing someone that you’ve invested your time in be successful is by far the most rewarding part of my job,” she says.

“To be recognised by my team and industry peers as a great mentor makes me feel so incredibly humble and proud.”

In today’s fast-paced business environment, Sinclair encourages leaders to “make the time” to share knowledge. “We all face situations in our work and personal lives that test us, that challenge and push us. Having someone there to talk to, to bounce ideas off, to provide a different point of view, and to give an objective voice can make the difference in building someone’s confidence and, ultimately, their path to success,” she says.

AccorHotel’s Kerry Healy, who was mentored throughout her career, says the benefits of mentorship programmes far surpass formal training.

“Our industry is ever changing and grows at a fast pace, which means many people are promoted quickly through the ranks, sometimes ahead of time,” she says. “Mentoring can support this transition faster and help those stepping into new roles or broader roles to avoid pitfalls. Mentorships provide a safe place to learn, reflect and grow.”

Reflecting on the ever-changing meetings and events industry, Healy adds: “Running successful events is more than a process which training can support, it’s about emotional intelligence, empowering teams to make decisions that make sense for the customer and provide seamless service. Having a mentor who is passionate about events will get your teams to the independent point far faster.”

Likewise, Jessie Khoo-gan highlights the personal connection forged through one-to-one mentorship programmes as a powerful engagement tool.

“Mentoring is important, not only because of the knowledge and skills your peers can learn from mentors, but also because it provides professional socialisation and personal support to facilitate success in one’s career path and beyond.”