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GBTA Convention’s Main Stage Sessions are a platform for leaders and industry experts to showcase their knowledge, share their experiences, and offer insights into the latest developments in business travel. Explore the sessions at this year’s Convention.

3:45 - 5:00pm
The Power of Human Connection

Keynote: Chris Bashinelli, TV Host, Explorer, Speaker

For more than a decade, Chris Bashinelli, better known as “Bash”, has traveled the world walking in other people’s shoes bridging the gap between people and cultures. As the business travel industry’s largest member-focused organization, GBTA understands the power of travel and the power of communities united around a single purpose. Our purpose has never been more clear – to realize our potential, and to deepen our connections with our members, so they can do the same.

In this one of a kind opening keynote, “Bash” takes attendees on an international adventure, coupled with stunning video footage and thought provoking content, that inspires, empowers and helps each of us Step Into Our Potential. This will be a call to action for each of us personally as it is a reminder of the strength of our shared humanity. Together, we will step outside our world, as we travel from Brooklyn, NY, to the Mongolian Steppe, to the hillsides of China. When we recognize the power travel has to open our minds, uplift our spirits and widen our hearts we can truly step into the Power of Human Connection.

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Master the Chemistry of Change: Uncover Your Inner Change Enthusiasm®

Keynote: Cassandra Worthy, Founder & CEO, Change Enthusiam®, Author, Consultant

Rapid change is impacting nearly every industry vertical, re-shaping, re-forming, and ultimately disrupting 'business as usual.' The Change Enthusiasm® strategy will empower attendees to self-assess their change emotions and redirect anxiety and fears into moments of opportunity. Cassandra Worthy believes that managing and championing significant shift is entirely possible and even enjoyable! Learn the steps to cultivate a growth mindset for thriving in the face of stressful and frustrating change and gain the education, energy and motivation to take the first step towards becoming a Change Enthusiast.

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Net Positive: Courageous Leadership and Business as a Force for Good

Keynote: Paul Polman, Business Leader, Campaigner, & Co-Author of “Net Positive”

This is a crucial moment for humanity. A ticking time bomb for our planet. Business leaders stand at a tipping point. Our current system is in crisis and we need new, courageous leadership to steer businesses that are good for people and planet, whilst remaining profitable. Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever, will outline the principles of Net Positive leadership and the personal, company and broader systems changes needed to reach a more sustainable and equitable planet.

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
A 10- and 20- year Forecast in Business Travel

Keynote: Amy Webb, World-Renowned Futurist Founder & CEO of the Future Today Institute

Technology continues to intersect with our lives in new, weird, and wonderful ways. With tech’s integration into our daily lives becoming second nature to so much of the world, we often overlook this intersection. And yet, emerging tech will play a key role in shaping the future of humanity.

In this mind-bending session, world-renowned futurist Amy Webb takes audiences on a captivating journey as she provides a thought-provoking series of snapshots into the near and far future of business and society. Drawing from her work and research as founder and CEO of the Future Today Institute, she develops a set of optimistic, neutral, and chaotic scenarios that describe the business travel industry’s plausible scenes 10 and 20 years into the future. She offers insights for how your organization can achieve its preferred future, and puts forth probable answers to tomorrow’s most pressing questions about work, relationships, and our way of living.