Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) to serve as Keynote Speaker at WINiT Summit 2019 – Chicago

Registration Now Open for WINiT Summit 2019 - Chicago

Alexandria, VA (January 8, 2019) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, announced today that Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) will serve as the closing keynote speaker for WINiT Summit 2019 – Chicago. This one-day event held in conjunction with GBTA Convention 2019 will offer first-in-class women’s leadership content and speakers. WINiT Summit 2019 – Chicago will take place on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

“Announcing the acquisition of WINiT by GBTA was one of my proudest moments during last year’s Convention,” said GBTA President Christle Johnson. “Hosting the WINiT Summit in conjunction with GBTA Convention this year will provide women with opportunities and resources to grow their careers and will empower the next generation of women in travel.”

Keynote speaker Colonel Malachowski will share her experiences and setbacks paving a new path and culture for women in the military with event attendees. Colonel Malachowski has over 21 years of experience as an officer, leader and fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. Upon her commission into the military, she was competitively selected to fly combat aircraft and embarked on an adventure among the first group of women to fly modern fighters. She has had the honor of commanding a fighter squadron, flying as a USAF Thunderbird pilot, serving as a White House Fellow and serving as an advisor to the First Lady of the United States.

“To be our very best, we have to find and stay close to those who believe in us,” said Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.). “Events like this Summit allow all of us to build our circle of support and magnify the positive voices for one another, encouraging us to reimagine the art of the possible.”

WINiT Summit 2019 brings together professionals of all levels and across travel-related industries for the sole purpose of positively changing the careers and lives of women. This event seeks to educate, inspire and provoke productive discussions about the challenges and successes women experience along their career journey. More information on programs and speakers will be unveiled throughout 2019. GBTA Convention is the largest, most comprehensive annual gathering of business travel and meetings managers, meeting planners, procurement professionals and suppliers in the world and will be held in Chicago, August 3-7, 2019. Hosting WINiT Summit 2019-Chicago in conjunction with GBTA Convention provides industry professionals with unique access to comprehensive world-class education, professional development and networking opportunities in one location at one time.

Attendee registration is open now. WINiT Contributors will save $50 when registering for WINiT Summit 2019 – Chicago. Learn more about joining the WINiT Community. Save $100 when you register for both GBTA Convention 2019 and WINiT Summit.

Media registration is complimentary and available online – and also provides media access to GBTA Convention.


About the Global Business Travel Association
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth, visit

About WINiT
WINiT is a network of over 3,000 women and men focused on delivering career development services, resources and programs to women in travel-related industries. WINiT is an educational organization that, through generous support, provides Members with a variety of unique opportunities including leadership and industry training, mentoring, recruiting, career search services, as well as educational, inspirational, and networking events. For more information, visit Stay connected on LinkedIn and Facebook. Follow WINiT on Twitter at @WINiTorg and Instagram at @winit4allwomen.

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