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.

For media inquiries, contact:
Laura Richey
Laura.Richey@WINiTforWomen.org

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Mick Lee Interviewed on HereToStay TV

Glenn Haussman catches up with Michelle (Mick) Lee, Managing Director of ARROW212 and Founder & President of WINiT at the Business Travel Show in London – February 26, 2018.

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WINiT and ACTE Global Collaborate to Bring Organizations’ Premier Events to Industry in April 2018

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.

About WINiT
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.

For press inquiries, contact:
Laura Richey
WINiT
Laura.Richey@WINiTforWomen.org

MeghanWarren
ACTE Global
mwarren@sloanepr.com

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WINiT Ad in July BTN

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A “Call to Action” on BTN’s Corporate Travel Supplier Outlook

WINiT’s Fundraising campaign was featured as a “Call to Action” on BTN’s Corporate Travel Supplier Outlook February 2017 issue.

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