SAN DIEGO (August 13, 2018) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, announced today it is enhancing its ability to support women in the travel industries through the acquisition of WINiT for Women, a career development network aimed at increasing visibility, mobility and development for women in the travel, meeting, events and exhibition industries. 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.
The announcement came today at 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.
“Bringing these two organizations together was a natural evolution, one that will deliver a variety of benefits to both GBTA and WINiT members,” said Christle Johnson, GBTA President. “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.”
WINiT Founder and President Michelle (“Mick”) Lee, launched the non-profit organization in 2014 in response to a lack of female representation at senior executive levels and at speaking engagements in the travel and hospitality industry, a sector with an employee base that is more than 65 percent female. The WINiT launch event in 2014 was held in conjunction with the GBTA Convention with more than 450 industry attendees representing both buyers and suppliers in the industry. Since then, WINiT has realized year over year growth to more than 3,000 members in more than 40 countries and has formed a diverse list of donors and partners, expanding its reach to include the meeting, events and exhibition industries.
“I founded WINiT to drive long-term change for women across our industries,” said Lee. “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.”
“Merging WINiT into GBTA allows us to take WINiT’s mission worldwide,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA Executive Director and COO. “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.”
Under GBTA, WINiT’s programming, including WINiT events and educational offerings, will continue operations staffed by long-time WINiT team members Dawn Repoli, Laura Richey and Sue Wyslick. More announcements will come this fall on the future of WINiT at GBTA along with plans for upcoming programming and the formation of a senior level advisory board.
About the Global Business Travel Association
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth, visit gbta.org.
WINiT is a network of over 3,000 women and men focused on delivering career development services, resources, and programs to women in the travel, meeting, event, and exhibition industries. WINiT is a non-profit, charitable, and educational organization that, through generous support from donors, provides Members with a variety of unique career development opportunities including leadership and industry training, mentoring, recruiting, career search services, as well as educational, inspirational, and networking events. For more information, visit www.winitforwomen.org. Stay connected on LinkedIn and Facebook. Follow WINiT on Twitter at @WINiTorg and Instagram at @winit4allwomen.
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WINiT-Women in Travel Changes Name to Reflect Impact Beyond the Travel Industry
Vernon, CT – June 20, 2018 – WINiT – Women in Travel, a non-profit organization focused on providing career development programs and services to women in the travel and related industries, made the announcement at WINiT Summit 2018 that WINiT-Women in Travel is now “WINiT.” The decision to rebrand came as a result of the organic growth realized in WINiT’s Member base over the last three years to include women and men in industries complementary to travel, including meetings, events, and exhibitions.
“When we launched WINiT, I was focused on addressing the lack of female senior executives in the travel industry. The reality is that travel and hospitality are closely integrated with many other industries, and we started to see professionals from a range of industries interested in joining WINiT,” commented WINiT President and Founder, Michelle (Mick) Lee. “Our mission resonates with women and men across industries, and we wanted our name to showcase our ability to be able to respond to that interest and need.”
The name WINiT not only reflects the breadth of industries WINiT currently serves but allows for ongoing expansion and growth of the organization’s membership community beyond these four industries.
“As the organization grows, we felt we needed a name that illustrates our commitment to the careers and lives of women regardless of industry. Keeping the core element of the name was an effective way to maintain our existing brand and meet the needs of our expanding Member base,” said Dawn Repoli, Executive Director and COO, WINiT.
WINiT is a network of over 3,000 women and men focused on delivering career development
services, resources, and programs to women in the travel, meeting, event, and exhibition industries. WINiT is a non-profit, charitable, and educational organization that, through generous support from donors, provides Members with a variety of unique career development opportunities including leadership and industry training, mentoring, recruiting, career search services, as well as educational, inspirational, and networking events. For more information, visit us at www.winitforwomen.org. Stay connected with us on LinkedIn and Facebook. Follow us on Twitter at @WINiTorg and Instagram at @winit4allwomen.
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With our focus this month being on the theme of women, we are pleased to share this insight into how you can affect change in the world, as well as the workplace. Thank you to Dawn Repoli, Executive Director and COO of WINiT, a network of women and men focused on the career development, visibility and promotion of women in the travel, meeting, event and exhibition industries.
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women” – Maya Angelou
A few months ago, I was on an international flight back to the US. I noticed a young woman boarding the plane with two other women. The younger woman took her seat, which happened to be right next me, and I immediately sensed something was off about the young woman and her companions. Over the course of the flight, through her broken English and my limited Spanish, I grew more and more certain that this young woman was a victim of human trafficking. I struggled with the decision to say something to the flight crew. What if I was wrong? What if I created a problem that didn’t exist? Letting my intuition and knowledge that our partners at ECPAT (Every Child Protected Against Trafficking) continue to promote and share, I notified the flight crew about my concern. Through their subsequent observations, they agreed. The plane landed in New York, and a full-scale investigation took place, confirming my suspicions about the safety and security of this young woman. Seeing the elation and relief on the face of that young woman as she was escorted off the plane by US authorities, free from her captors and hopefully toward the process of being reunited with her family, was one of the most moving experiences of my life.
Saying something is a choice
The choice to say something can make a real and lasting impact on the lives of others. This experience has given me a new lens through which to see so many things, personally and professionally. As the executive director of a non-profit focused on changing the careers and lives of women, I encourage every one of our members and leaders to consider how they can personally step up, be present, and use their voice and actions to change history – for others and for themselves.
Consider how many times you’ve witnessed or been involved in a situation in the workplace where the opportunity to influence someone’s experience or, ultimately an outcome, has presented itself. You saw something. Did you say something? If not, why? Did you fear it would have an impact on your own professional or personal reputation or progress? Fear is a very powerful emotion, one that many people struggle to move past, but when harnessed, it can affect significant, positive change. In reality, most situations you face where you must overcome your fear of saying something will leave you feeling more empowered, more fearless.
Whether it’s recognising a colleague’s efforts, negotiating your own salary increase, or voicing that a person is being overlooked and treated unfairly, so much progress can be realised through simply speaking up and taking action. Here are a few steps you can take tomorrow that can change the course of history for women, even if it’s one woman at a time:
- Nominate a colleague for an award or accolade
- Sponsor a more junior professional to help ensure she is visible and considered for growth opportunities
- Engage in conversations with women and men about the importance of increasing visibility and opportunities for women
- Institute and champion a “see something, say something” policy – informally or with the support of your HR organisation
With International Women’s Day now past and Women’s History Month coming to a close, I invite you to pause to reflect on the incredible number of women and men who have changed the course of history for women. Their legacy has paved the way for progress, but others must serve as stewards of that legacy, maintaining the momentum and forward movement toward gender parity. One of the most valuable lessons my experience with the young woman taught me was that small but great steps really do have the power to drive significant change. You just have to take the first step!
“Whose History Will You Change?
In honor of Women’s History Month, it feels appropriate to start this month’s letter with a little inspiration from one of my favorite women, Maya Angelou:
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”
Complementary to that, I believe that each time we stand up for one another, we validate why we are here. To that point, I feel it is important to share a story with you. A few months ago, I was on an international flight back to the US. A young woman (maybe 12 or 13 years old) took her seat, which happened to be right next me, and I immediately sensed something was tense, troublesome and uncommon. Over the course of the flight, through her broken English and my limited Spanish and many odd occurrences and red flags, I grew more and more certain that this young woman was a victim of human trafficking. I struggled with the decision to say something to the flight crew. What if I was wrong? What if I created a problem that didn’t exist? Letting my intuition and lessons from the indicators list that I learned from our partners at ECPAT lead me, I used my voice and the flight crew was notified. Through their subsequent observations, they concurred. When the plane landed in New York, a full-scale investigation took place, confirming my suspicions about the safety and security of this young woman.
I share this example to illustrate the fact that the choice to ͚say something͛ can make a real impact on the lives of others. This experience has magnified the lens through which I see so many things, including my work at WINiT.
As we strive to #makehistory for women, I encourage every one of our Members and Leaders to consider how you personally will step up, be present, and use your voice and actions to change history – for others and for yourself. Whether it is recognizing a colleague’s efforts, negotiating your own salary increase, sponsoring a more junior professional to help increase her visibility and opportunities, or vocalizing that a colleague is being overlooked or possibly treated unfairly, progress can be realized through choices and actions made by individuals every day, both personally and professionally.
THIS is WINiT, this is the courage and tenacity of every leader, member, donor and partner. I ask, are we doing it enough? #seesomethingsaysomething
In April, WINiT will be hosting the WINiT Summit 2018 where we will bring together women and men to learn, connect, and #makehistory for women in the industries we serve. This event is also an opportunity to celebrate the progress that is made when people make the choice to use their voice for change. Join us this April in New York to #makehistory for women.
Executive Director & COO, WINiT
By Michelle Baran
In the era of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the travel industry is hoping this month’s International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month will offer opportunities to tout the positive role travel can and does play in empowering women.
Along those lines, Trafalgar last week launched the #SheGoes campaign designed to showcase the various ways travel inspires women. It consists of a series of five… Read Full Article
Company adds four women to the Egencia Global Leadership Team
Bellevue, Wash. March 8, 2018 – Egencia®, a leading global travel management company, announced the appointment of Wendy White, as its vice president of marketing and member of the Egencia Global Leadership Team, leading and inspiring all global marketing functions for the rapidly growing company.
White joins Egencia with over 20 years of global experience, leading marketing technology teams at CenturyLink, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, and more.
“For Egencia to reach its aggressive growth goals, we need a world-class marketing organization willing to make bold moves. We’re confident Wendy’s expertise will help us achieve this audacious goal. The passion and drive she exudes extend beyond her role, and we look forward to seeing her accelerate the path for the next generation of women entrepreneurs and business leaders within Egencia,” said Rob Greyber, President of Egencia.
White’s hire follows the appointment of three additional female leaders to the Egencia Global Leadership Team, including Mieke De Schepper, Chief Commercial Officer; Verena Funke, Interim Managing Director, APAC; and Teresa Matheson, Managing Director, Australia. Egencia is aligned with Expedia Inc.’s commitment to gender, as well as other diversity representation at all levels.
“I’m proud to join a company that has been recognized for its commitment to fostering women in the workplace,” said White. “Within the global marketing organization alone, the diversity across gender and cultural background places us in the best position to address complex problems, improve decision-making, drive forward innovation and ultimately set us up for success.”
Workplace diversity, gender balance, pay parity and inclusion are key focus areas for delivering greater business results for the company, its employees and customers. Expedia Inc achieved 100 percent gender pay parity across women and men in equivalent roles, with 35 percent of leadership positions held by women*.
In addition, workplace diversity is crucial in giving companies the ability to better understand and meet the needs of the customer. According to the Global Business Travel Association, 47 percent of women who travel are on the road for business.
To read more about workplace diversity from Egencia click here.
*Based on 2016 analysis of Expedia Inc employee pay data.
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