8:30 - 9:30am
Arrival/Meet and Greet
Breakfast refreshments: Freshly brewed regular coffee, decaffeinated coffee and a selection of teas and a selection of fresh muffins, butter croissants & danish served with honey, organic butter and fruit preserves.
9:30 - 9:45am
Welcome to the conference!
9:45 - 10:05am
Keynote Session: Carol Murray
With 25 years of experience coaching senior executives and their teams, Carol Murray co-Founder of the Lifework Institute has aided thousands of professionals looking to enhance their natural leadership abilities. She joins us today to share her insights on the practices most fruitful for women aiming to rise to the next level of achievement in their corporate pursuits in the travel, tourism & hospitality industries.
10:05 - 10:45am
Not only have women long been an integral part of the development and progression of the tech world, but they make up a majority of the work force in the travel and tourism sectors. Our panelists are founders, executives, and directors for their respective brands. We’ll be hearing from these industry leaders on how the landscape has changed for professional women who find themselves operating at the intersection of these two massive industries.
Caren de'Ath President at Hotels Tech Consulting Inc.
Lisa Israelovitch Co-Founder and CEO of Umapped
Lauren Hall Founder and CEO at iVvy
Vanessa Ogle CEO and Chair of the Board at Enseo
10:45 - 11:25am
Qualities of a LeadHER
Men and women are fundamentally different, and we have different strengths. Methods that lead to male success may not be the ideal methods for women pursuing leadership roles. We will discuss what works in today's professional climate for women climbing the corporate ladder.
Renie Cavallari Founder, CEO, and Chief Instigator at Aspire
Jagruti Panwala Treasurer, Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)
Denise Korn Principal and Owner of Korn Design
Terri Haack President at Terranea Resort/Destination Hotels
11:25 - 12:00 pm
Designing for Women - Leading the Way in Blending Business and Leisure Travel
In today's business environment, the boundaries between life and work continue to converge. Female professionals, often recognized as highly efficient multitaskers, are driving this shift by blending the intentions behind their business as well as leisure travels. Whether making the decision on where to take their family on vacation, or where to dine for their next anniversary celebration, buying power truly lies with women. It is important then, to design with a female patron in mind. What appeals to the female traveler and what are the best practices to implement? Meg Prendergast of The Gettys Group leads our panel with emerging female-led trends.
Meg Prendergast Principal, The Gettys Group, Inc.
Mari Balestrazzi Vice President of Americas Design Services for Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Rebecca Luong Design Principal for STYLE
12:00 - 1:00pm
The Bazaar by Jose Andres
1:00 - 1:30pm
Before BLLA made it it's mission to make boutique hotels main stream, people defined them as properties with a limited number of rooms, and personality. What they were actually describing in their answer, is a cruise ship. The pioneers of the boutique experience, if you will, cruise ships crystallized the idea that lasting, impactful experiences are facilitated by venues with luxury amenities, communal spaces and lots of pizzazz. Ponant Cruises, Preferred Hotels and Resorts and Rosewood Hotels personify luxury off and on land. Our panelists are ranking members in these prestigious organizations, and join us today to talk luxury, boutique, and their experience as women who dominate in their industries.
Edie Rodriguez Americas Brand Chairman and Corporate Special Advisor at Ponant
Caroline MacDonald VP of Sales and Marketing, Americas and Europe at Rosewood Hotels
Kristie Goshow Chief Marketing Officer at Preferred Hotel Group
1:30 - 2:00pm
With the advent of mobile technologies and the connected-ness of our society, you might think travel agencies had been phased out of relevancy. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Apps have become a force in the world of travel booking, no doubt about that. BUT, innovations are being made that allow agencies to operate in a much broader sense than what we have seen in years past. Our panelists will discuss the changes in travel trends they’ve witnessed in their years owning and operating agencies.
Vela McClam Mitchell Founder and CEO, VIMM Global Distribution, Inc.
Anastasia Mann Chairman/CEO of Corniche Group, Inc.
Andi McClure-Mysza, Head of Montrose Travel
2:00 - 2:30pm
Representation is increasing for women and minorities in leadership roles. How come then, do we not see any female headed airlines? In a recent article, Skift reported that "Only twelve out of the 248 airlines operating worldwide are currently led by women." We're going to dissect that and ask the question: what if a woman ran an airline?
Moderator: Henry Harteveldt
Bonny Simi President, JetBlue Technology Ventures
Joanne Smith E.V.P. and Chief Human Resources Officer at Delta Air Lines
2:30 - 2:45pm
Refreshments: Freshly brewed regular coffee, decaffeinated coffee and a selection of teas. For snack options, we have Trail It Break Bowls of house made granola, dried fruits, chopped peanuts, almonds and cashews, pistachios, chocolate chips and coconut flakes.
2:45 - 3:15pm
Keynote Session: Anne Boysen
With a master’s degree in Strategic Foresight, Anne Boysen uses her background in market research and knowledge that the coming generations will be the shapers of tomorrow to educate institutions globally. Foresight is an invaluable gift. We’re honored to have Anne present her predictions for the coming years as pertains to women navigating corporate ladders, and what qualities tomorrow’s leaders will need to possess.
3:15 - 3:45pm
We're living in the height of the digital age. Everything we do today is shared, retweeted, forwarded, liked, or commented on. While many have made note of the vanity in living your life online, few have touched on the positive outcomes resulting from exposure. Travel bloggers inspire not only wanderlust, but interest in other people and their environments. Our panelists join us today to give an insider perspective on how bloggers empower global communities and how the internet has facilitated positive change.
Jessica Blotter CEO & Co-Founder of Kind Traveler
Kelley Louise Founder and Executive Director of Impact Travel Alliance
Beth Whitman Travel expert and the Chief Wanderer at Wanderlust and Lipstick and WanderTours
Ariela Kiradjian VP at BLLA Founder at Stay Boutique Media
3:45 - 4:00pm
Thank you for coming!
5:30 - 8:00 pm
House White and Red Wines and Specialty Cocktail
Selection of Soft Drinks
Still and Sparkling Water
Chef Choice selection of four (4) Passed Hors D'oeuvres