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January 25, 2016

Americas: Industry Groups Form to Boost Women in Travel and Meetings

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About 400 women and men (but mostly women) packed a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Orlando last summer for the second annual Women In Travel Summit, an event unique in the meetings and business travel world for both its mission and its price—free.

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Women In Travel, or WINiT, was founded in 2013 by Mick Lee, the former global head of travel for Citi and now senior vice president for Freeman Exhibit Co. WINiT’s mission to “drive change, provide support, and educate the public about the benefits of career development, visibility, and promotion of women in the travel, meeting, event, and exhibition industries,” is undertaken in an “association agnostic” way. This means that WINiT seeks to complement rather than compete with its 1,800+ members’ involvement in other associations. In fact, WINiT has cooperative relationships with organizations including the Global Business Travel Association, Meeting Professionals International, Association of Corporate Travel Executives, Professional Convention Management Association, International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Society of Independent Show Organizers, and the  Society for Incentive Travel Excellence. More are on the way.

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