SPEAKERS

Convention Arena Luncheon

 

Monday, August 13

Billie Jean King

Sports Icon, Social Justice Pioneer, and Entrepreneur

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Tuesday, August 14

Kevin O’Leary

Investor on ABC’s Shark Tank,
Chairman of O’Shares ETF Investments Financial Group & Bestselling Author

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Wednesday, August 15

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Center Stage


Monday, August 13 | 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM


One on One with Arne Sorenson  

Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson will share his outlook on the future of hospitality. He will provide insight on the progress of the recent merger of Marriott International and Starwood, the ever-changing hospitality marketplace and how hotel brands are changing to cater to today’s travelers during an interview with GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick.

 

Moderator

Michael W. McCormick

Executive Director and COO, GBTA

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Panelist

Arne Sorenson

Marriott President and CEO

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Monday, August 13 | 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Successful Women Leading in Business Travel

Three senior leaders in business travel give their unique perspectives on the opportunities and challenges facing our industry today. These executives will highlight success factors and obstacles they experienced throughout their careers, and will also address the unique challenges they faced as women to get to the level they are at today.

 

Moderator

Dorothy Dowling

SVP & CMO, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts

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Panelist

Melissa Maher

SVP, Global Partners, Expedia

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Panelist

Traci Mercer

SVP, Lodging, Ground & Sea, Sabre

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Panelist

Jodi Allen

CMO, Hertz

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Monday, August 13 | 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM


The Challenges of Security in Today’s Volatile World

These top security officials in the United States will appear together for the first time ever to discuss their roles in keeping a country’s borders and infrastructure safe and secure. They will discuss the challenges in balancing security and passenger facilitation while integrating innovative new technologies that could revolutionize the traveler experience.

 

Moderator

Michael W. McCormick

Executive Director and COO, GBTA

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Panelist

David Pekoske

Administrator, Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

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Panelist

Kevin McAleenan

Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

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Tuesday, August 14 | 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Turning the Tables – Buyers Take Center Stage

Year after year supplier executives take the hot seat on Center Stage fielding questions on the current and future state of our industry. This year, we turn the tables. Kurt Ekert, CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, will moderate a panel of senior buyers providing their take on the latest trends, top opportunities and major challenges facing today’s business travel industry. Buyer panelists will be announced soon, so check back for updates!


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