GBTA Convention 2022 - Main Stage

Main Stage

Sunday, August 14 (5:00-6:15pm) – Reconnect, Reimagine, Recreate

Let’s kick-off the 2022 GBTA Convention and begin to Reconnect, Reimagine and Recreate what is possible in business travel. GBTA celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of our community as we open Convention 2022 with annual awards and acknowledgement of those who recently completed their Certificate in Corporate Travel Execution (CCTE).

Suzanne Neufang


Denise Truso, CCTE, GTP

President, GBTA
Global Travel Manager

Mark Cuschieri

Vice President, GBTA
Executive Director
Global Head of Travel 

Dorothy Dowling

Dorothy Dowling

President, Allied Leadership Council & WINiT Strategic Advisor, GBTA
Senior Vice President and
Chief Marketing Officer

BWH | Hotel Group

Keynote: Dewitt Jones, National Geographic Photographer: Extraordinary Visions

In his twenty-year career with National Geographic, Dewitt Jones lived the vision of “celebrating what’s right with the world” and embraced an attitude that took him to new heights both in business and in life. He found that the creative tools he employed as a photographer had even deeper application when applied directly to his personal and professional growth.  Discover the beauty of being open to possibilities and reframing problems into opportunities.

Using his own extraordinary photographs as illustrations, Dewitt weaves a visual tapestry of emotion and content. One that allows you to touch your own passion: to balance your head with your heart: and to come away inspired with your own creative potential.

Monday, August 15 (8:30-9:30am) – Winning the War for Talent

Attracting, developing, and retaining talent is more relevant now than ever before, are you prepared to win the war for talent? Explore the opportunities for the Future of Work, and how diversity and inclusion plays a major role in the culture of an organization.

Keynote: Seth Mattison, Workforce Strategist: The War for Talent

As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, leaders prepare to face an unrelenting and continuously shifting landscape of change and transformation. Of course, change has always been a reality for the modern-day leader but today it knows no boundaries, no borders, and no breaks. The impact of this can be felt as individuals fatigue under the weight of extreme ambiguity.  From ever-evolving go-to-market strategies and expanding customer expectations to an emerging list of new future-ready competencies and new ways of working, today’s leaders are seeking certainty about the future and the confidence to trust themselves to rise to the occasion and meet the moment with influence and impact.  Rooted in the research and bolstered by time advising high performers in the field, Seth Mattison will help prepare leadership teams to meet the decade ahead with confidence, clarity, and conviction.

A CEO's View from the Top

This must-see panel will dive into a discussion around changes and trends that are influencing how the travel industry supports employees and customers, and the opportunities projected for the future.



Scott Wayne

Scott Wayne


Bob Jordan

Bob Jordan

Southwest Airlines

Chrissy Taylor

President and CEO
Enterprise Holdings

Heather McCrory

CEO North & Central America

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American Airlines

Monday, August 15 (12:15-1:45pm) – Lunch: Business Transformation

State of the Industry: Suzanne Neufang, CEO, GBTA

GBTA is continually (Re) creating opportunities to gain insight, as we review newly released key data from the Business Travel Index, Pricing Forecast and trends to watch.

Keynote: Cynthia Marshall, CEO, Dallas Mavericks

Leading with Heart - During this session, Cynt will talk about her life and role as SVP of HR and Chief Diversity Officer at AT&T, her move to CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, her strategy for values-based leadership, and why putting people first matters the most. Her story of transformation highlights the difference between diversity and inclusion, why both are important for success, and why HR is the heart of any organization. Cynt’s vibrant attitude and enthusiasm for her job is contagious, and she’ll have you dancing by the time the 30 minutes are up.

Fireside Chat: Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber

Dara will take the GBTA Convention Main Stage in an engaging fireside chat with Gehan Colliander, the Global Head of Travel for Boston Consulting Group. This conversation will focus on his leadership in transforming Uber’s financial strategy, corporate culture, social initiatives, vision for sustainability, and his priorities in future innovation.

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American Airlines

Tuesday, August 16 (9:45-10:45am) – Sustainability

Keynote: Ryan Panchadsaram, Co-Author of Speed & Scale will host the Sustainability Main Stage session

Climate change and efforts to improve sustainability practices continue to be a relevant focus for the business travel industry. Together, let’s explore what’s happening today and what’s on the horizon. Hear about the successful efforts in the travel and event sectors that are contributing to a more sustainable future in three key areas from Speed & Scale, An Action Plan for Solving Our Climate Crisis Now – and the everyday changes that you can make now to contribute to a cleaner planet.

  • Fix Buildings: Reduce 24 gigatons of global electricity and heating emissions to 3 gigatons by 2050
  • Fix Food: Reduce agricultural emissions from 9 gigatons to 2 gigatons by 2050
  • Fix Transportation: Reduce 8 gigatons of transportation emissions to 2 gigatons by 2050
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Tuesday, August 16 (5:00-6:00pm) – Future of Travel & Technology Innovation

What does the future hold for travel?  Hear from business strategists, experts in technology innovation, and C-Level business travel experts as they discuss and debate the long-term and short-term future of business travel. Don’t miss this session, as it looks to answer lingering questions and reveal new ideas and possibilities for a successful future.



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