GBTA Convention 2022 - WINiT Summit

Sunday, August 14, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM PT

San Diego Conference Center

The WINiT Summit is an impactful event specifically designed to engage, INSPIRE and challenge professionals of all levels, with the sole mission to positively change and IGNITE the careers and lives of women in travel-related industries. Join WINiT by GBTA for a thought-provoking experience dedicated to the INVESTMENT in the career development, education, and networking of women in our industry. Watch for announcements of over 30 speakers in the coming weeks. We invite you join our mission. All are welcome. 

11:00 – 12:00

Welcome and opening

  • Dorothy Dowling, Senior Advisor, WINiT by GBTA
  • Mick Lee,  Managing Director, BNY Mellon Bank and Founder & Chair, WINiT by GBTA
  • Beth Kinerk, SVP Sales, Avis Budget Group and Vice Chair, WINiT by GBTA

Opening Keynote & Audience Q&A

Anese will be interviewed by Michelle (Mick) Lee, WINiT's Founder and Chair, and will engage the audience with the tools and inspiration to be a dynamic leader, who has the power to influence and create impactful change inside of an organization.

Anese will be speaking about her book Contagious You: Unlock Your Power to Influence, Lead, and Create the Impact You Want. This book advances the notion that everyone at an organization is a leader – for good or for bad – and that leaders have tremendous power to influence those who follow their example. The quality of our leadership is based upon our intentions, energy, and presence. By emphasizing authorship, self-care, and response-ability (not responsibility) as leadership skills and therefore cultural amplifiers, Contagious You shows you how to walk the path of more effective leadership while navigating the roadblocks in your way.

More about Anese

Anese Cavanaugh is the CEO of Active Choices, Inc., creator of the Positive Energy Workplace™ Initiative, and the founder of the IEP Method® (Intentional Energetic Presence®). She is the author of the books CONTAGIOUS CULTURE: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization That Thrives (McGraw-Hill, 2015), CONTAGIOUS YOU: Unlock Your Power to Influence, Lead, and Create the Impact You Want (McGraw-Hill, 2020), and THE LEADER YOU WILL BE: An Invitation (ACI, 2018). As a business leader, strategic advisor, and keynote speaker, she is devoted to creating authentic leadership and positively contagious cultures with leaders and organizations around the world.

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12:00 – 12:30 Gourmet Box Lunch
12:30 – 1:10

Committee Insights: Igniting Your Power Through Mentorship

  • Mary Ellen Hess, EVP Business Development, Corporate Travel Management (CTM)
  • Susan Lichtenstein, Managing Partner, DigiTravel Consulting
  • Christina Reichelt, Senior Director, Global Client Team, BCD Travel

Personal Journeys and the Power of Storytelling

  • Dorothy Dowling, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
1:10 – 2:20

Committee Insights: Effective Allyship. Creating a Force for Progress

  • Laura Smith, Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience, Hertz Corporation
  • Ace Callwood, Director, at Envoy
  • Kelly Kuhn, Special Advisor, CWT

Transferable Skills & How None of Us Should be Defined by Our Business Card

  • Alison Taylor, Chief Customer Officer, American Airlines
  • Rita Vissar, Director, Global Travel Sourcing & GPO, Oracle
  • Doreen Burse, Sr. Vice President Worldwide Sales at United Airlines
  • Bev Heinritz, Program Director, WINiT by GBTA
2:25 – 3:30

Education Session
I’ve leaned-in and it’s not working, so what’s next?

  • Caroline Strachen, Managing Partner, Festive Road

Succession Planning + Recruitment in Challenging Times

  • Beth Kinerk, SVP Sales, Avis Budget Group


  • WINiT Strategic Advisory Board Members and Session Speakers


Interested in sponsoring the WINiT Summit? Learn more and view the WINiT Sponsorship Prospectus.

Thank You to our Sponsors!


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