GBTA Foundation Partners With WomenInTravel

New nonprofit organization launches during GBTA Convention By: Skye Mayring
WINiT has partnered with the GBTA Foundation. // © 2014 ncousla
WINiT has partnered with the GBTA Foundation. // © 2014 ncousla

What:
The GBTA Foundation — the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) — has partnered with WomenInTravel (WINiT). WINiT, a nonprofit organization founded by Michelle “Mick” Lee, is a network of women and men who support the career development, promotion and visibility of women in the travel industry.

Why It Matters:
WINiT is the first organization of its kind, and the partnership with the GBTA Foundation gives the new organization credibility and access to its network of professionals, making WINiT more likely to succeed in its mission of helping travel professionals thrive. WINiT officially launched during last month’s GBTA Convention, with the help of a number of high-profile speakers.

Fast Facts:
- The organization is business-focused and not geographically limited.

- Both women and men are welcome to join WINiT.

- The WINiT-WomenInTravel Launch Event, part of the GBTA Convention 2014 Kick-Start programming, featured a number of high-profile speakers including Katie Benson, regional vice president, Langham Hospitality Group, North America; Pam Codispoti, executive vice president and general manager, American Express; Tony D’Astolfo, managing director, PhoCusWright Inc.; Peter Greenberg, travel editor, CBS News; among others.

What They Are Saying:
“Leveraging the GBTA network and working with them on their curriculum was a great opportunity for our launch to the industry, specifically the WINiT 2014 Pilot Mentor program for women and men, which we are launching in the fall," said Mick Lee, founder and CEO of WINit.

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