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WINiT Summit 2018 Confirmed for April 28 – 29, preceding the 2018 ACTE Global Corporate Travel Summit in New York City
Vernon, CT – January 5, 2018 – WINiT, a network of women and men providing career development programs, services, and opportunities to women in the travel, meeting, event, and exhibition industries, will host the WINiT Summit 2018 in New York City on April 28 – 29, the weekend prior to the ACTE Global (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) Corporate Travel Summit. WINiT and ACTE are collaborating to offer concurrent industry events, bringing additional value and cost savings to industry professionals through access to a multitude of professional development, networking, and thought leadership opportunities in one city over the course of four days.
“WINiT enjoys strong partnerships with associations across the industries that we serve. We select the timing and location of our summits around top member requests, and ACTE remains a top interest group for members . The WINIT Board and leadership team continue to be impressed with the willingness of the ACTE team to work with us, their immediate commitment to diversity speaker rosters for 2018, and their active focus on the WINiT mission,” said Dawn Repoli, Executive Director and COO, WINiT.
The WINiT Summit is the pinnacle event for WINiT members and supporters. Attendees will hear from leaders within and outside the travel industry on a variety of career development and industry specific topics. The ACTE Global Corporate Travel Summit will build upon the theme of travel manager as the supporting hub for each of the corporate spokes (fly, sleep, ground, pay, collaborate, support, and book), representing the various components that must come together for a successful travel program.
“The combination of WINiT and ACTE Global will allow our membership bases to receive the best education and insights from both organizations, from career development, to the latest technology and innovations in business travel, to supporting the needs of the modern business traveler,” added Greeley Koch, executive director of ACTE Global. “We always strive to increase the ROI our events generate for attendees, and we believe this partnership will prove powerful to both individual attendees and the organizations sending them to NYC.”
With complementary missions and member bases, WINiT and ACTE Global have maintained a partnership since WINiT was founded in January 2014. Both organizations share a commitment to empowering the individual, strengthening companies and making a positive impact on the travel industry.
WINiT is a network of women and men serving as a catalyst to drive change, provide support and educate the public about the importance of career development, visibility and mobility for women in the travel, meeting, event, and exhibition industries. Through the support of donor companies American Express Global Business Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Carlson Family Foundation, Delta, United, Avis Budget Group, BCD Travel, Freeman, Marriott, Enterprise, Best Western, Choice Hotels, Concur, CorpTrav, HRG, Johnson Downie, Lyft, Maritz, Addison Lee, Allen & Allen, Brand New Matter, CTS Systems, Deem, Direct Travel, Flyte Tyme, Hertz, Ovation, and Tristar with over 3,000 members worldwide, WINiT is a non-profit, charitable and educational organization that works with women and men to help women develop their careers through access to training, speaking opportunities, key industry leadership as well as mentoring, recruiting and networking services.
About ACTE Global
About the ACTE Global (the Association of Corporate Travel Executives) has a 30-year reputation for leading the way corporate travel is conducted. As a global association comprised of executive-level members in more than 100 countries, ACTE Global pioneers educational and technological advances that make business travel productive, cost-effective and straightforward. ACTE Global advocacy and initiatives continue to support impactful changes in safety and security, privacy, duty of care and compliance, along with traveler productivity that supports global commerce.
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May 31, 2016
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Anyone who attended the Women in Travel (WINiT) Summit in Orlando last July got some big-picture thinking about women’s influence in the world, some practical career takeaways, and the chance to meet nearly 400 other WINiT members, women and men, who share an interest in supporting the visibility and mobility of women in the hospitality, travel, and meetings industry.
Membership in WINiT, which launched in 2014, is free, as is attendance at its annual summit event. Part of the reason for this is the founders’ desire for participation in WINiT to complement—not compete with—members’ participation in other industry associations. While the target audience is professionals in the travel, meeting, event, exhibition, and hospitality industries, overarching career issues are the focus of the education and networking opportunities WINiT presents.
What also makes the organization unique is its emphasis on supporting women at all levels, not just those headed for the C-suite, and the fact that the organization invites men to be members as well, believing that women and men must collaborate in order to promote change and make progress.
Here are some of WINiT’s growth numbers to date:
- 2,213 members
- 114 participants in the year-old WINiT Mentor Program
- 175 volunteers (up from 104 during the WINiT’s first year)
- 21 donors and 22 in-kind donors (see the list)
- 9 industry partners: Meeting Professionals International, Association of Corporate Travel Executives, Institute for Health and Human Potential, Global Business Travel Association, MeetingsNet, BTN Group, Young Travel Professionals, Big Speak, and IMEX America
- New events in London: WINiT members gathered for the WINiT EMEA Half Day Conference in February, the second year of holding an event in conjunction with London’s Business Travel Show
In addition to the three successful programs WINiT launched in its first year of operation: the Mentor Program, a Central Career Board, and the WINiT Classroom (a collection of educational resources and materials), the organization is embarking on WINiT University, or WINiT U, a new outreach program. A partnership with the nonprofit organization Young Travel Professionals, WINiT U will be a collaboration with colleges and universities to do the following:
- Educate students about careers in travel and hospitality
- Connect students with professionals in careers in travel and hospitality
- Launch an internship in travel and hospitality
- Expand the number of students seeking industry-related degrees
How to Join
Visit the WINiT website to join the organization, explore the career postings, download educational resources, and consider signing up for the WINiT Mentor program.