Melanie Bowie

Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager- August 2019 to current

Melanie loves all things travel and brings to Key Conference many years of experience in the hospitality and events industries.

After completing a Bachelor of Business in Tourism Management, Melanie has worked across various industries including hospitality, not-for-profit, public and private enterprise.

Melanie started her career working as a Function and Event Coordinator and then spent over ten years working as an Executive Assistant booking small and large scale conferences. Prior to starting with Key Conference, Melanie spent five years in an event management role coordinating a large annual Victorian fundraising event. This gives her a unique perspective and a great understanding in researching and recommending venues for a wide range of clients.

When not working, Melanie enjoys working through her bucket list of places to visit and spending time with her 2 young daughters.

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Conference Tips - Planning

Conference Tips - Planning

So you've been asked to organise a conference. It might be your first time or maybe you’ve done it many times before but the reality is, you want it to be a success without creating too much stress. Conference planning involves: Goal setting Venue selection Budgeting Conference management Financial…

Conference Tips - Meeting Specifications or a Request for Proposal (RFP)

Conference Tips - Meeting Specifications or a Request for Proposal (RFP)

Documenting your conference specifications is important because it forces you to think about the resources your group needs to meet the conference objectives. In the long run, it will save you time as having your requirements down on paper will come in handy when you’re dealing directly with a venue…

Conference Tips - Assistance

Conference Tips - Assistance

If all this sounds like an overwhelming responsibility, that’s because it is. Tens, or sometimes hundreds, of thousands of dollars are spent on a conference. Making the event a success reflects well on the organiser but the opposite is also true. Conference planning is a step-by-step process: Goal…

The Conference Organiser's Guide

A complete guide for executive assistants and event organisers to successfully plan and run their next conference.

What it covers:

  • Understanding the purpose of the conference
  • Venue selection
  • Financial Planning
  • Conference management
  • Debrief and review

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