These three women-focused meeting industry groups are places where women can network, learn from one another and help each other advance their careers.
Check out these three women-focused meeting industry groups:
Women Leading Travel and Hospitality
This membership-based association is made up of senior-level women from across the industry who are coming together to learn from each other and help each other succeed. Focused on business strategy and executive professional development, this association offers women leaders the opportunity to network, discuss industry issues and learn how to become better leaders.
“Women Leading Travel & Hospitality’s priority is to unite, inspire and empower our community of executive women leaders in the travel and hospitality industry by providing unparalleled resources, support and motivation to achieve personal and professional growth,” says Hannah DeMaio director, brand strategy for Women Leading Travel & Hospitality. “We may not know the challenges that lie ahead, but what we do know is that a trusted community of women leaders is needed now more than ever. We’re certain there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and we want to help the entire way through and beyond.”
Mission: The Women Leading Travel and Hospitality mission is to unite, inspire and empower the community of executive women leaders by providing unparalleled resources, support and motivation to achieve personal and professional growth.
Membership: Membership is $59 per year; corporate group memberships for two or more employees is $49 per person, per year; and for consultant membership, contact Hannah DeMaio at email@example.com.
Mentorship Opportunities: The Women Leading Travel & Hospitality offers peer groups, career coaches and ambassador programs for members.
Mission: WINiT by GBTA (Global Business Travel Association) is a network of women and men focused on driving positive change for the career mobility of women in travel-related industries. WINiT by GBTA provides the industry with a variety of unique career development opportunities including leadership and education, training and mentoring, and inspirational and networking events.
“Never has the mission of WINiT been more important than now, as women have been especially negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its related effects,” says Suzanne Neufang, executive director of GBTA.
Membership: GBTA membership is required: $370 for Direct or Indirect membership, $420 for Allied. All Access membership iis $495 for Direct and $545 for Allied.
Mentorship Opportunities: WINiT members can participate in GBTA Ladders, a team mentor program. The GBTA Ladders Program mentors are executives from both buyer and supplier organizations with proven success in the travel business. These leaders volunteer their time to help mentees build connections, knowledge and skills.
SITE Women Industry Leaders
Mission: SITE Women industry Leaders was created in 2018 to “powerfully change the lives of women in the global MICE industry by advocating for women in leadership, raising awareness on equality, furthering education, supporting entrepreneurship and being a catalyst for personal and professional growth and leadership development at all stages of their career.”
Among other projects, the group has put together educational seminars dealing with hot issues in our industry. “Right now, we are focusing on a group of podcasts,” says Anne Marie Rogers, the group’s chair. “These are designed to focus on wellness, as we navigate these difficult times, followed by networking sessions to provide a safe space to compare notes and support one another.”
Membership: SITE membership is required: New member dues are $495 with pro-rate options available throughout the year. Industry leaders with two years or less of experience in the travel industry can save $245.
Mentorship Opportunities: This meeting industry group offers various mentorship opportunities. One is Advisors in Action, a peer-to-peer mentorship program that was designed as a way to connect a “Young Leader “(defined as someone in the business under five years or age group 35 and under) with a trusted advisor. “It started out as thought to connect the Young Leaders with someone more experienced in the business, but has turned into a wonderful two way mentorship—as both age groups really benefit,” says Rogers.