Grab a seat and meet some amazing trailblazers in the Boston travel world with a special networking activity brought to you by HI Boston.
Let's kick off WITSx Boston with some opening words by Beth Santos, Founder and CEO of Wanderful.
Make More Money Doing What You Love
With Kerry Sainato, SmarterTravel
Boston: The "Hub" of Travel Tech
Panel discussion featuring some of Boston's newest travel tech startups featuring Emily Bernard of PlacePass, Jacqueline Hampton of Portico, and Anne-Fleur Andrle of Jack n' Ferdi, moderated by Brianne Miers of A Traveling Life.
Enjoy lunch and connect with other amazing women in the travel space
Digital Trip Planning Trends
Let's talk about how people are traveling differently than ever before with an expert panel to discuss new innovations in the trip planning space. Featuring Ana Cvetkovic of BLOOM Digital Marketing, Retha Charette from The Roaming Nanny, and Sheila Drakeley of The Traveling Massholes. Moderated by Kaitlyn Kirkaldy of Wanderful.
Food For Thought: Culinary Tourism Trends in New England
With Carla Tracy and Tracy Michaud, moderated by Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons
Keynote: Tourism's Role in an Inclusive Northeast
New England is richly infused with culture, from picturesque seaside towns and mountain escapes to important sites of American history. Yet our region is also one of the least racially diverse regions in the country, with 84% of residents identifying as white. Our diversity reputation doesn’t help us, and we lose loads of prospective tourism because of it.
What is our responsibility, as the voices of the travel industry, to change how we receive, embrace, and market to tourists of color? What can we do as a region to improve our own practices in inclusion? This dynamic panel of seasoned travel influencers and industry talent will take a solutions-based approach to how we as a Boston-based community can bring more people -- from all backgrounds -- to what we think is the best region in the country.
Lillie Marshall, Around The World "L" | Teaching Traveling
SanTara Cassamajor, The Gorgeous Ingredient
Carole Copeland Thomas, Greater Boston CVB Multicultural Committee
A native New Englander, Katie caught the wanderbug soon after moving to South Korea. After four years living in and exploring Asia, she’s back in Boston working for a hospitality non-profit. Work isn’t everything, so spare time goes to her family, her blog, exercise, looking up cheap flights, and Snapchatting all the far-away friends she’s met along the way!
Wanderful Boston Organizer
Beth is Founder and CEO of Wanderful, a network of over 40,000 women travelers, and the creator of the Women in Travel Summit, a global event that brings together over 400 women in travel media and industry every year. Beth was honored by the Obama Administration as one of the top 100 travel bloggers. She is an alum of the Kellogg School of Management and Wellesley College.