How WINiT Helped: Making Connections and Giving Back
Joining WINiT immediately broadened Mary Ellen’s network and sense of connection with the industry. Mary Ellen is an active user of social media and believes in its power to bring people and organizations together that might not otherwise meet and interact. She enjoys sharing, communicating, and blogging with WINiT members through WINiT’s various communication channels – to solve problems, learn, and build relationships.
In 2016, Mary Ellen transitioned out of her role at American Express Global Business Travel. The WINiT network became an integral tool in her job search process as she pursued a variety of opportunities. She reconnected with former colleagues from her WorldTravel BTI/BCD days, and secured her current role. HRG was already supporting WINiT after David Radcliffe learned about WINiT’s mission from WINiT Founder, Michelle (Mick) Lee. WINiT’s goals and programs align with HRG’s company culture which embraces nurturing talent and career development.
“At HRG, we are happy to support WINiT and its ambitions to advance the industry by developing new talent and providing resources that enable career growth in global business travel,” Mary Ellen commented.
Through WINiT, Mary Ellen has realized a deeper connection to the industry. As an individual and a professional, Mary Ellen has broadened her network and found another outlet through which to influence and help other industry professionals advance their careers. She was also a speaker at WINiT Annual Summit 2016, serving as a panelist for the educational session, “Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Emotional Intelligence.”