GBTA Convention 2019 – Kick-Start Professional Development

Kick-Start Professional Development

To register, please click register now and proceed through the GBTA Convention 2019 registration flow where you’ll have the option to select these as standalone courses or add to your Convention registration.

The Fundamentals of Business Travel Management™
August 3-4, 2019 | 8:00am – 4:00pm (must attend both days)

The Fundamentals of Business Travel Management™ is designed as a guide to the key facets of managed travel. The Fundamentals curriculum includes the full range of basics – safety, policy, trends, performance and more. Through this in-person course, participants will gain a career boost and a better understanding of business travel management.


Jennifer Steinke

GBTA Board Member
VP Global Travel Management, WHoldings

Member: $450

Non-member: $500

The Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management™
August 3-4, 2019 | 8:00am – 4:00pm (must attend both days)

The Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management™ is the advanced education offering that focuses on the key competencies required of business travel professionals. It is intended for travel buyers overseeing a managed business travel program and suppliers offering travel-related products and services.

This revised two-day workshop with all-new content is designed to cover four main topics including strategic planning, buyer and supplier relationships, travel program administration, and data analysis. The course will be taught by a subject matter expert who will facilitate a high-level discussion on industry best practices in strategic planning, sourcing, contracting, travel policy development and compliance, risk management, strategic meeting management, and data analysis.


Kathy Briski, CCTE, GTP, C.P.M

GBTA Board Member
Travel Category Manager, Boeing Company

Connie Smith, GTP, GLP

Manager, Global Travel Services, McCain Foods Limited

Member: $450

Non-member: $500

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Fundamentals of Strategic Meetings Management
August 3-4, 2019 | 8:00am – 4:00pm (must attend both days)

Have you been thinking about starting a strategic meetings management program (SMMP) for your company but not sure where and how to start?Some of the pioneers and foremost thought leaders in strategic meetings management have collaborated to create a road map and best practices on how to launch and create an effective meetings management program for your company.Some of the major areas of focus will be:

  • An introduction to strategic meetings management
  • An overview of key program components.
  • Building partnership strategies.
  • Building a strategic meetings management business case
  • Creating a funding model
  • Collaborating on a business case with your fellow attendees


Kevin Iwamoto

Senior Consultant, Goldspring Consulting

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Attendees will receive a certificate of achievement after completing the two-day course.

Member: $450

Non-member: $500

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Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Program
August 3-4, 2019 | 8:00am – 4:00pm (must attend both days)

GBTA’s Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Program is the only masters-level course for travel professionals. The strategic curriculum uses an interdisciplinary approach that addresses both the opportunities and challenges of conducting business in today’s evolving environment.


The GLP Program offers a wide range of benefits to participants and their organizations, including:

  • Become part of a network of global peers
  • Understand advanced business principles
  • Interact with noteworthy professors
  • Develop team approaches and strategies for solving problems
  • Earn recognition for your achievement

August GLP course

Competency: Finance

GBTA Members: $995 (Special member rate)
Non-Member Directs, Indirects and Allieds: $1,355 (Includes 1-year membership)
Non-Member Government, Non-Profit or Educator: $1,095 (Includes 1-year membership)


Giana Bern
Associate Teaching Professor of Finance
Academic Director, Master of Science in Finance

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