All is revealed about the Women in Travel Meetup 2016!

All is revealed about the Women in Travel Meetup 2016!

I am only too delighted that Summer is over and I am now back at my desk and not just because London is still basking in sunshine… but because today is the day I can reveal the amazing line up of sponsors, partners and speakers that are going to make this event even more insightful, inspirational and absolutely fabulous in 2016!

So here it goes…

Confirmed speakers for the leadership debate (13.30-14.30, 8 Nov 2016) are:

  • Sarah Haggarty (Commercial Sales Director, Celebrity Cruises UK & Ireland);
  • Rachel O’Reilly (Head of Communications, Kuoni);
  • Giles Hawkes (Chief Executive, Cosmos Tours & Cruises, Archers Holidays and Avalon Waterways UK);
  • Debate Chair: Sylvia Weiler (Regional VP Sales, North America, Sojern).


Confirmed speakers for the entrepreneurship debate (16.00-17.00, 8 Nov 2016)


  • Natalia Komis (Founder, Iamadventures);
  • Sarah Ismail (Founder, Tripsforwellness);
  • Carolyn Pearson (Founder, Maiden Voyage);
  • Debate Chair: Alessandra Alonso (Founder, Women in Travel Meetup, and Chief Mentor, Everyday Mentor).


I am totally grateful to all my speakers and participants as they so generously give of their time to share their passion, insights and expertise.


I am also incredibly thankful to Sojern Ltd – the world’s leading performance marketing platform for travel brands – which is the Meetup key partner this year.


In addition, the wonderful team at Rooster PR who have agreed to become our PR sponsors.


It is now go-go-go until 8th November, so watch this space for more interesting news, announcements and more.

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Alessandra is founder of social enterprise Women in Travel CIC which she launched in January 2017 to provide communities in key regions (for example UK, Middle East, Africa and Latin America) with a sustainable livelihood by enabling women to become economically independent through entrepreneurship and a thriving career in the travel and tourism industry. Alessandra is also Chief Mentor & Consultant at Everyday Mentor, where she provides mentoring, coaching and consulting services to a range of clients in the commercial and public sector. Alessandra also collaborates with a number of Universities, including Hertfordshire, Normandy and Surrey. Alessandra is passionate about gender in tourism and has written and spoken extensively on the subject over the last 12 years, including at the United Nations World Tourism Day. She is well known as co-founder of Shine People and Places – a boutique outfit dedicate to supporting women in the workplace - and The Shine Awards for Women Achievements in Travel Tourism Hospitality and Events, which she ran between 2004 and 2010 before Sector Skills Council People 1st took them over. Prior to Shine Alessandra worked at KPMG, where she built the Travel & Tourism division, and the World Travel and Tourism Council. Alessandra has an executive MBA from the University of Ediburgh/Grande Ecole Pons combined; she is a qualified coach/mentor for performance in the workplace and she is a member of several industry bodies including AWTE and the UK Tourism Society.

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