The agenda for this event reflects extensive feedback from WINiT members. It is also informed by the decades of collective experience and insight from industry and business leaders who understand the value that can be realized by collaborating to help women grow and advance their careers.

Location: Salons E-H, 2nd Floor


Make an Impact on the Lack of Representation for Women through Awards & Recognition

Over 60% of the workforce in the industries we serve are women. Why do these statistics not translate into the number of awards and recognition?

Elizabeth West, Editor in Chief for Business Travel News magazine will facilitate this full audience discussion to change these stats and share stories about the women we know.

Elizabeth West, Editor-in-Chief, The BTN Group
Nicole Hackett, Director, Travel Services, Graham Holdings

C- Level Perspectives, Persona and Pitfalls – Straight Talk from the C-Suite

The C- Suite : Getting there, staying there and earning your seat at the table
Culture of Accountability, Loyalty and Passion at Every Level
Sharpening the Edge – Hiring, Retaining and Becoming the Best Talent

Nancy Medoff, Senior Director, Group Sales Marriott International

Marc Casto, CEO, Casto Travel
Liz Carisone, CEO, GroundLink
Carrie Freeman Parsons, Vice Chair, Freeman Company
JoAnne Kruse, Chief Human Resources Officer, Global Business Travel at American Express
Alison Taylor, SVP Global Sales, American Airlines

Internal Politics: Learn When to Engage and How to Maneuver

There is a distinction between being ‘political’ and being able to ‘successfully maneuver office politics’. Learn how to respond and how to be successful, what works and what doesn’t, and most importantly, how to ensure your Personal Brand is protected in every engagement.

Jane Pearsall, Senior Manager, Worldwide Sales, Global Business Travel, Best Western International

Lucie Guillemette, Senior Vice President, Revenue Optimization, Air Canada
Beth Kinerk, Senior Vice President, Sales – The Americas, Avis Budget Group
Therese Kelleher, Business Development and Transformation Executive

Crossing the Thinnest Line: What’s Possible When We Embrace Our Differences

America is one of the most diverse nations on earth – how can we live together peacefully and productively? View Intro Video

In her newly released book – CROSSING THE THINNEST LINE – Lauren Leader-Chivee looks at America and describes the possibility for our nation when we embrace our differences.

Want to get the most out of this session?
Read her book! You can order it from our main website.

Lauren Leader-Chivee, Author, Co-Founder/CEO, The All In Together Campaign

The Power in Storytelling: Your Life, Your Career, Your Legacy

Nina Easton, Founding Partner, SellersEaston Media; Chair, Fortune Most Powerful Women International; Fox News commentator is dedicated to producing enduring stories of outstanding achievers who understand that what matters most is impact: how you make a difference in the world, how ideas change lives, and how a life well-lived can give meaning to others.

Read more about Nina:

Nina Easton, Founding Partner, SellersEaston Media; Chair, Fortune Most Powerful Women International; Fox News commentator

Gender Differences in Business Travel

How do demographic differences impact business travel?   Gender plays a role in various aspects from booking behavior, to stress on the go, and even some of the newer trends such as “bleisure”.

Learn to question some of the “conventional” wisdom assumed to hold true for the usual traveler types – be it road warriors, generational groups or others.

Want to get the most out of the session?
Read the CWT study which triggered the discussion. 

Catalin Ciobanu, Senior Director Data & Analytics, Solutions Group, Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Do you perform better under pressure?

Women have a brain-based difference that predisposes them to weigh more variables, consider more options, see more context and visualize a wider array of solutions and outcomes to a problem when they or their organization are under pressure. Organizations that leverage this unique strength of decision making and have more women in top leadership positions, research has shown, have profitable businesses and outperform the competition in every measure of profitability: equity, revenue, and assets.

Want to get the most out of the session? 
Read about Dr. Pawliw-Fry’s work

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry, President and CoFounder, Institute for Health and Human Potential (IHHP)

The Power of Mentors and Sponsors, from the perspective of WINiT program participants.

Why Have a Sponsor and a Mentor?

The WINiT Director of Program Management, Dawn Repoli leads an insightful conversation to discuss several success stories and share perspectives from sponsors, mentors and mentees. Participants in the WINiT Mentor program will join Dawn on stage for our annual award ceremony.

Want to get the most out of the session?
Read about Dawn’s work with the WINiT Mentor Program

Dawn Repoli, Director of Program Management, Mentor Program Facilitator, WINiT
Lisa Hoehn, Vice President – Global Corporate Sales, Altour