The Long Wait Is Over! Proud to announce the ‘WTM Women in Travel’ meetup 2015

The Long Wait Is Over! Proud to announce the ‘WTM Women in Travel’ meetup 2015

Finally the time has come!  After many weeks of hard work I am now proud and delighted to announce that the 2015 WTM Women in Travel meetup programme is out…and we have some brilliant content waiting for you!

Now in its second year, it is held on Tuesday 3 November 2015 at Excel, London during Work Travel Market. The event will start at 13:30 and finishes at 18:00. It is free to attend for all WTM visitors, exhibitors, guests and media.  Women and men are all welcome!

The event will include:

  • Two inspirational panel discussions with leading corporate women and entrepreneurs from the industry.
  • Two one-on-one pre-bookable mentoring clinics with entrepreneurs and travel industry leaders
  • A fabulous key note speaker by Jacki Hill-Murphy film director, adventurer and travel writer
  • A networking reception sponsored by the University of Surrey, School of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Industry support with AWTE  ( Association of Women Travel Executives)


Join us for one session or join us for the afternoon to enjoy inspirational talks, motivational speakers, to challenge yourself constructively and to network with like minded professionals.

Here are some details on what awaits you – all speakers and mentors will be announced shortly so watch this space!


Panel 1 ‘Not for the Faint Hearted:  Entrepreneurship, Resilience & the Art of Bouncing Back’

The concept of resilience originally describes a person who adapts positively in a stressful or traumatic environment, in business it is mainly understood as a set of organizational capability. So what does it take to be resilient and why are some people more resilient than others? How can you make your business as well as yourself resilient in challenging times? And as female entrepreneurs are then any specific traits to call upon to increase resilience? Our fabulous panel of speakers has seen it all: recession, failed partnerships and new competition. They will share their experience and discuss how they navigate through difficulties to come out on the other side stronger than ever!  


Panel 2 ‘4G Leadership: 4 Generations of Travel Women Share Their Leadership Lessons’

Leadership is critical to success and yet is one of the least available attribute in today’s business world. Leadership comes in many shapes and forms, but increasingly the accent is on authenticity, emotional intelligence and inclusivity. This being so, women must be made for leadership!?! Our excellent panel of travel leaders will discuss what it takes to be a leader, why there are still not enough women in leadership positions but most importantly why as women we can all lead regardless of our title and ranking.



Key Note: Jacki Hill-Murphy film director, adventurer and travel writer.

Jacki Hill-Murphy has travelled extensively ‘off the beaten track’ since leaving school. Following in the footsteps of the early female explorers has so far taken her to Cameroon, Ecuador, Ladakh and Siberia and her first book on the subject – Adventuresses, Rediscovering Daring Voyages into the Unknown – was published in December 2014.  Jacki will share her experiences during these daring voyages but also tell us why her predecessors were women of both great resilience and leadership! Jacki is now writing The Ambivalent Adventuress about the Victorian nurse Kate Marsden and has recently followed her journey across Siberia to aid the lepers in the forests of Yakutia.

You can view the upcoming events here. We look forward to seeing you all in London!

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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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  1. Avatar Kay says:

    This is going to be the first time I will attend WTM so am looking forward to meeting and learning from other women who are travel-obsessed!

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