Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) to serve as Keynote Speaker at WINiT Summit 2019 – Chicago

Registration Now Open for WINiT Summit 2019 – Chicago

Alexandria, VA (January 8, 2019) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, announced today that Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) will serve as the closing keynote speaker for WINiT Summit 2019 – Chicago. This one-day event held in conjunction with GBTA Convention 2019 will offer first-in-class women’s leadership content and speakers. WINiT Summit 2019 – Chicago will take place on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

“Announcing the acquisition of WINiT by GBTA was one of my proudest moments during last year’s Convention,” said GBTA President Christle Johnson. “Hosting the WINiT Summit in conjunction with GBTA Convention this year will provide women with opportunities and resources to grow their careers and will empower the next generation of women in travel.”

Keynote speaker Colonel Malachowski will share her experiences and setbacks paving a new path and culture for women in the military with event attendees. Colonel Malachowski has over 21 years of experience as an officer, leader and fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. Upon her commission into the military, she was competitively selected to fly combat aircraft and embarked on an adventure among the first group of women to fly modern fighters. She has had the honor of commanding a fighter squadron, flying as a USAF Thunderbird pilot, serving as a White House Fellow and serving as an advisor to the First Lady of the United States.

“To be our very best, we have to find and stay close to those who believe in us,” said Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.). “Events like this Summit allow all of us to build our circle of support and magnify the positive voices for one another, encouraging us to reimagine the art of the possible.”

WINiT Summit 2019 brings together professionals of all levels and across travel-related industries for the sole purpose of positively changing the careers and lives of women. This event seeks to educate, inspire and provoke productive discussions about the challenges and successes women experience along their career journey. More information on programs and speakers will be unveiled throughout 2019. GBTA Convention is the largest, most comprehensive annual gathering of business travel and meetings managers, meeting planners, procurement professionals and suppliers in the world and will be held in Chicago, August 3-7, 2019. Hosting WINiT Summit 2019-Chicago in conjunction with GBTA Convention provides industry professionals with unique access to comprehensive world-class education, professional development and networking opportunities in one location at one time.

Attendee registration is open now. WINiT Contributors will save $50 when registering for WINiT Summit 2019 – Chicago. Learn more about joining the WINiT Community. Save $100 when you register for both GBTA Convention 2019 and WINiT Summit.

Media registration is complimentary and available online – and also provides media access to GBTA Convention.

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.

About WINiT
WINiT is a network of over 3,000 women and men focused on delivering career development services, resources and programs to women in travel-related industries. WINiT is an educational organization that, through generous support, provides Members with a variety of unique 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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GBTA Announces Successful Women Leading in Business Travel Panel at European Business Travel Conference

WINiT to Debut Education Sessions and Booth Presence in Berlin

Alexandria, VA (14 November 2018) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – and German business travel buyer association VDR today announced another powerful Centre Stage session – Successful Women Leading in Business Travelscheduled for the upcoming GBTA Conference 2018 Berlin in Partnership with VDR. This conference is taking place 27-29 November in Berlin.

Three senior female leaders in business travel will share their insight on the opportunities and challenges facing the travel industry today as well some of the obstacles they faced as women ascending the ranks within the industry. The Tuesday session will be moderated by Dorothy Dowling, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Best Western Hotels and Resorts.

Panelists include:

  • Heike Birlenbach: Senior Vice President, Sales, Lufthansa Hub Airlines and Chief Commercial Officer Hub Frankfurt Lufthansa Group
  • Daniela Schade: Managing Director, AccorHotels Deutschland GmbH and COO AccorHotels Central Europe, AccorHotels
  • Emma Wilson: Vice President, Marketing, Sabre

“Given the importance of diversity to the success of any organization, it is exciting to have more women on the main stage at this and other GBTA events,” said Catherine McGavock, GBTA Regional Vice President – EMEA. “We look forward to the insights these leaders will share as they draw on their experiences along their varied pathways to success.”

“Women represent a significant majority of the travel industry workforce globally,” said Christle Johnson, GBTA President. “Ensuring all of our members have the resources and support necessary to pursue and achieve their career goals is a priority for GBTA.”

“I am delighted that WINiT will be such an active participant at this year’s conference both on the main stage and in the exhibition. Their educations sessions have been designed to promote personal development with some useful tips that the audience will be able to use back in the office,” added Hans-Ingo Biehl, VDR Executive Director and Board Member.

GBTA continues to deepen its commitment to women in travel-related industries. In August, GBTA acquired WINiT, a career development network aimed at increasing visibility and advancement for women in the travel, meetings, events and exhibition industries. WINiT will host a booth at the conference as well as the following two educational sessions:

Conflict Management: Dealing with Challenging People

Moderator:         Dawn Repoli, Vice President, Program Development, GBTA’s WINiT Business Unit

Panelist:              Odete Pimenta da Silva, Managing Director NATM, Strategic HR Specialist

Panelist:              Anja Turner, VP Global Marketing & Events at BCD Travel

Supplier Masterclass: Building Your Personal Brand – A Multi-Dimensional Approach

Moderator:         Dawn Repoli, Vice President, Program Development, GBTA’s WINiT Business Unit

Speaker:              Louise Kilgannon, Consultant, Festive Road

Speaker:              Amy Padgett, Director Supplier Marketing, TripLink SAP Concur, Experienced WINiT speaker

The conference will take place 27-29 November in Berlin, Germany at the Estrel Congress Center and will bring together more than 60 industry speakers and over 50 exhibitors from around the globe. This year’s theme, Momentum, is designed to address the rapid acceleration of change within the business travel industry.

Attendee registration remains open. For the latest developments and more information, please visit europeconference.gbta.org.

Media registration is complimentary. For media accreditation, please contact Nikki Stimson at nstimson@gbta.org.

 

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.

About WINiT
WINiT is a network of over 3,000 women and men focused on delivering career development services, resources and programs to women in travel-related industries. WINiT is an educational organization that, through generous support, provides Members with a variety of unique 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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Letter from Christle Johnson: GBTA Announces WINiT Strategic Advisory Board

At Convention this August, I had the pleasure of announcing GBTA’s acquisition of WINiT, a career development network aimed at increasing visibility and advancement for women in the travel, meetings, events and exhibition industries. This move further strengthened our ongoing commitment to support women in the travel industry.

Today, I am thrilled to announce a key milestone in the post-acquisition integration process: the formation of the WINiT Strategic Advisory Board. This Advisory Board brings together a remarkable and diverse group of travel industry leaders to help expand WINiT’s mission globally. Both GBTA and former WINiT leadership are represented on this board to help foster consistency and innovation within WINiT as it evolves and grows.

The Advisory Board will provide strategic guidance and direction for the future of WINiT as a GBTA Board of Directors initiative.

The members of the Advisory Board include:

  • Chair – Dorothy Dowling, Senior Vice President & CMO, Best Western® Hotels & Resort
  • Vice Chair – Michelle ‘Mick’ Lee, Founder, WINiT, Managing Director, Arrow 212
  • Delores Alexander, Vice President, Indirect Supply Chain, Boeing
  • Jodi Allen, Executive Vice President & CMO, Hertz
  • Michele Bryant, Global Chief Procurement Officer, Deloitte
  • Amanda Cecil, PhD, CMP, Senior Vice President, Professional Development and Research, GBTA
  • Mary Ellen George, Head of North America, Tramada Systems
  • Christle Johnson, Vice President, Travel & Business Services Johnson Downie, LLC; President, GBTA
  • Beth Kinerk, Senior Vice President, Avis Budget Group
  • Melissa Maher, Senior Vice President, Global Partner Group, Expedia, Inc.
  • Michael W. McCormick, Executive Director and COO, GBTA
  • Traci Mercer, Senior Vice President Lodging, Ground & Sea, Sabre
  • Malaika Myers, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hyatt Hotel Corporation
  • Becca Rabinowitz, Head of SpotHero for Business
  • Dawn Repoli, Vice President, Program Development, GBTA’s WINiT Business Unit
  • Kristen Shovlin, Vice President, Sales Operations & Development, Delta Airlines
  • Scott Solombrino, President and CEO, Dav El / Boston Coach Chauffeured Transportation Network; President, GBTA Allied Leadership Council

The first in-person meeting of the Advisory Board is scheduled for November. The GBTA and WINiT teams, now in collaboration with the WINiT Strategic Advisory Board, are working diligently to finalize a strategic plan and path forward that leverages the synergies and unique attributes of both organizations for the benefit of GBTA and WINiT members. Additional announcements will be coming in November, along with the integration of select WINiT programming into GBTA Conference 2018 Berlin in partnership with VDR – Europe’s largest business travel conference.

On a closing note, today marks the 6th annual United Nations International Day of the Girl, a day dedicated to galvanizing worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate this day than taking this next step in our efforts to grow WINiT’s mission globally as we further affirm our commitment to support the lives and success of women around the world.

Exciting times are on the horizon for GBTA, WINiT and the entire travel industry as we come together to drive change and advocacy for women. I look forward to sharing this incredible journey with all of you.

Best Regards,

Christle Johnson
GBTA President

 

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GBTA Announces Formation of WINiT Strategic Advisory Board

Board to Provide Strategic Direction for WINiT, A Newly Acquired GBTA Initiative

Alexandria, VA (October 11, 2018) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced the formation of the GBTA WINiT Strategic Advisory Board. The Board will provide strategic guidance and direction for the future of WINiT as a GBTA Board of Directors initiative.

GBTA recently announced its acquisition of WINiT this summer at GBTA Convention 2018. WINiT is a career development network aimed at increasing visibility and advancement for women in the travel, meetings, events and exhibition industries.

“GBTA is committed to driving positive change for women’s career development,” said Christle Johnson, GBTA President. “We are proud to have this remarkable group of travel industry leaders standing with us to help advance WINiT’s mission globally.”

“This Board brings together many years of collective industry experience along with a firm commitment to addressing the career development needs of women at all levels,” said Dorothy Dowling, GBTA Board Member and Chair of the WINiT Strategic Advisory Board. “I am honored to stand with these industry leaders to play a role in helping drive positive change for women in our industry.”

The members of the Advisory Board include:

  • Chair – Dorothy Dowling, Senior Vice President & CMO, Best Western® Hotels & Resort
  • Vice Chair – Michelle ‘Mick’ Lee, Founder, WINiT, Managing Director, Arrow 212
  • Delores Alexander, Vice President, Indirect Supply Chain, Boeing
  • Jodi Allen, Executive Vice President & CMO, Hertz
  • Michele Bryant, Global Chief Procurement Officer, Deloitte
  • Amanda Cecil, PhD, CMP, Senior Vice President, Professional Development and Research, GBTA
  • Mary Ellen George, Head of North America, Tramada Systems
  • Christle Johnson, Vice President, Travel & Business Services, Johnson Downie, LLC; President, GBTA
  • Beth Kinerk, Senior Vice President, Avis Budget Group
  • Melissa Maher, Senior Vice President, Global Partner Group, Expedia, Inc.
  • Michael W. McCormick, Executive Director and COO, GBTA
  • Traci Mercer, Senior Vice President Lodging, Ground & Sea, Sabre
  • Malaika Myers, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hyatt Hotel Corporation
  • Becca Rabinowitz, Head of SpotHero for Business
  • Dawn Repoli, Vice President, Program Development, GBTA’s WINiT Business Unit
  • Kristen Shovlin, Vice President, Sales Operations & Development, Delta Airlines
  • Scott Solombrino, President and CEO, Dav El / Boston Coach Chauffeured Transportation Network; President, GBTA Allied Leadership Council

Both GBTA and former WINiT leadership are represented on the Advisory Board to foster consistency and innovation within WINiT as it evolves and grows.

The first in-person meeting of the WINiT Strategic Advisory Board is scheduled for November. Select WINiT programming will be integrated into GBTA Conference 2018 Berlin in partnership with VDR – Europe’s largest business travel conference. More announcements about WINiT’s future operations and programming will be made in the coming months.

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.

About WINiT
WINiT is a network of over 3,000 women and men focused on delivering career development services, resources and programs to women in travel-related industries. WINiT is an educational organization that, through generous support, provides Members with a variety of unique 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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800,000 people over the age of 65 left the U.S. workforce

Right now, nearly ten thousand Baby Boomers retire from the workforce every single day. 800,000 people over the age of 65 left the U.S. workforce in the last quarter of 2016, confirming that “The Silver Tsunami” (a term used to describe the mass number of aging Baby Boomers) is indeed a threat to many businesses. For all the talk about delayed retirements and extended workforce participation rates — both of which are well documented and shaping the demographics of today’s workplace — the simple fact remains that the Baby Boomer generation is now leaving the office for the last time, in droves.

Read more: https://www.panopto.com/blog/let-your-experts-retire-not-their-expertise/

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luxury of free time

Paying it forward generally means the beneficiary of a good deed repays it to others instead of to the original benefactor. The idea has become quite popular as we search for ways to help both those we love and those in need. Doing something for another free of charge or obligation, just because it is the right thing to do, typically proves rewarding for all involved.

In retirement, we are afforded the luxury of free time to do with as we please. Whether we choose to simply sit and watch the world go by or to actively engage in more meaningful pursuits, the choice is ours to make. Retirement can be the perfect opportunity to do something to help others, and to ask them to pay it forward.

Read more: https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/on- retirement/2012/12/21/pay-it-forward-in-retirement

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GBTA Acquires WINiT, Strengthening Commitment to Women in the Travel Industry

Colleen Gallagher 

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.

About 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 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

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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.

About 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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Laura Richey
Laura.Richey@WINiTforWomen.org

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WINiT Summit 2018

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