“I founded WINiT to drive long-term change for women across our industries. As WINiT entered its fifth year, it became clear that merging with GBTA would advance our mission. Their global footprint, industry reach and shared vision were obvious points of synergy – ones we believe will facilitate the next stage of growth.”
Michelle "Mick" LeeFounder, WINiT
“Bringing these two organizations together was a natural evolution, one that will deliver a variety of benefits to both GBTA and WINiT members. As a longtime WINiT supporter, I believe in its mission and the need within the industry for programs and services that support women’s career development and advancement.”
Christle JohnsonGBTA President
“Merging WINiT into GBTA allows us to take WINiT’s mission worldwide. We look forward to bringing WINiT content to GBTA events across the globe and finding unique ways to engage WINiT members focused on meetings and exhibitions.”
Michael W. McCormickGBTA Executive Director and COO
The announcement came August 13th at the GBTA Convention 2018 held in San Diego, California. GBTA and WINiT leadership made the joint announcement in front of the Convention’s nearly 7,000 attendees.
Through this acquisition, members of GBTA and WINiT will benefit through access to both organization’s programs, services and an expanded network of approximately 12,000 industry professionals. Donors, Partners and Members continue to benefit from the strength of WINiT programming under GBTA, including WINiT events, educational offerings and advocacy.
WINiT will continue operations supported by long-time WINiT team members Dawn Repoli, Laura Richey, Sue Wyslick and Miriam Paska.
The leadership teams from both organizations will thoughtfully assess the future of WINiT at GBTA along with plans for upcoming programming and the formation of a senior level advisory board, which will include WINIT Founder, Mick.
Stay tuned for more announcements coming this fall on the future of WINiT at GBTA!
“There are associations and groups out there that make our industry better. WINiT was created in order to make the people in our industry better.”
Director, Global Travel GPO/Executive Travel Services / Oracle
WINiT is a vital resource for career development in the travel industry. The support that WINiT provides, in particular, its focus on leadership development for women travel professionals, provides significant value to the industry in helping us collaboratively invest in our future business leaders.
“WINiT’s mission of supporting the development and promotion of women at all levels in the business travel industry aligns with our own company vision—which goes well beyond products and profits. Championing the advancement of women is one step in building the foundation for our future goals of positive social impact and global business growth.”
“WINiT is exactly what the travel industry needs – a strong and positive voice representing a large part of the sector, empowering and supporting women at all stages of their career within the industry.”
At Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), approximately 72% of our 19,000* employees are women, and therefore it is important and fitting that we support WINiT’s mission and overall objectives. The travel industry is all about connecting people but it’s crucial that we support and enable our own people too; WINiT is striving to do just that. By supporting WINiT, we are supporting the development of important goals which will have positive social and global business impact for future generations
*Taken from a CWT March 2015 report of 19K plus staff, approximate figures used
As someone who has been at the center of promoting women’s leadership, I see WINiT as a driver of change. WINiT is about action and impact–and, therefore, results.
Chair / Fortune Most Powerful Women International
WINiT is tackling a critical issue that of opening better career paths for women throughout the travel industry. I’m glad to help in any way possible, and encourage others to do the same.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner / tClara
WINiT embodies a truly open and supportive community of Women and Men, providing a unique platform to encourage each other to become the best version of ourselves by helping one another to step into our ‘learning zone’, pushing just enough, without reaching the ‘panic zone’, to enhance and develop our skills with confidence.
EMEA Regional Travel Manager / AIG
WINiT support is empowering the next generation of women in travel by sharing experiences, helping individuals realize their contribution and the impact it has. It is a fast track to developing valuable resource.
Vice President, Head of Supplier Relations / EMEA AMEX GBT
WINiT is an organization that I can relate to, I can impact, and will add value to my career. The diversity of members allows us to have all career backgrounds and experience levels of both women and men to work together to help the growth and development of women in travel, and positively impact the industry.
TASK FORCE SALES MANAGER / COMMUNE HOTELS + RESORTS
An amazing group of women, and men, providing women travel professionals with invaluable training and educational opportunities. The encouragement, support and positive attitude of WINiT members is incredibly motivating and inspiring as the women in travel look to grow their careers and become the future leaders of the industry.
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