Seatrade Cruise News is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Tomorrow's Talent Today hones in on bringing new talent to cruising

Virgin Voyages' Alex Zeitz is among the speakers for Seatrade Cruise Global's Tomorrow's Talent Today on April 8
Seatrade Cruise Global's daylong Tomorrow's Talent Today on April 8 will explore cruise career opportunities and how the business can evolve to attract the next generation of talent.

The program is designed for students seeking rewarding shipboard and shoreside careers and for cruise line human resources professionals, trainers, recruiters and hospitality educators.

Two parallel tracks

Tomorrow's Talent Today consists of two parallel tracks.

One is tailored to students and hospitality educators, giving the opportunity to explore careers within the cruise industry and access to a network of cruise professionals who can kickstart careers.

The other track provides a platform for cruise industry professionals in HR, recruitment, talent, people and crewing roles to discuss issues related to recruitment, staff shortage, crew welfare and training, and find solutions together. 

Rick Sasso keynote

The program opens with a keynote address by 40-year cruise veteran Rick Sasso, chairman, MSC Cruises USA, then splits into the two tracks with Robert Kwortnik, associate professor, Cornell University, discussing 'Future Proofing Cruise Industry Careers' and veteran senior cruise executive Bruce Nierenberg, CEO, Nierenberg Associates, giving an overview of the global cruise industry.

Session topics

Further sessions include 'Meeting the Needs of Tomorrow's Workforce, 'Cruise Line Career Paths,' 'Retaining Talent in the Cruise Industry: Holistic Career Paths for Crew,' 'Connect with a Cruise Line Recruiter,' 'Taking Advantage of Untapped Talent Pools: Best Practices & Opportunities,' 'Leadership Lessons: Fast-Tracking Cruise Careers,' 'Crew as Desination Ambassadors: Crew Welfare in Ports & Destinations' and 'Building Sustainable Talent: ESG's Role in Attracting and Retaining a Climate-Conscious Workforce.' The day concludes with a networking reception.

Powerhouse panels

Attendees will be hearing from a powerhouse lineup with executives representing Carnival Corp. & plc, Royal Caribbean Group, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, MSC Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Azamara, Scenic Group and Windstar Cruises.

A bevy of professionals from recruiting and training firms will participate. They include Ocean Technologies Group, Viking Crew, Heinemann Americas, Ship2Shore, COLUMBIA blue and V.Ships Leisure. Plus, there will be educators, experts in mental health support and port representatives.

Information on Tomorrow's Talent Today is here. 

See also 'Dietmar Wertanzl: Dining room steward to CEO'