GBTA Launches Blue Ribbon Education Panel

Industry Leaders Developing New Education Strategy to Meet the Future Needs of Travel Professionals

Alexandria, VA (March 8, 2018) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, is pleased to announce the launch of a Blue Ribbon Education Panel to evaluate and enhance GBTA’s educational offerings. A panel of industry leaders has been assembled to determine the relevance of education content, identify educational opportunities and optimize delivery channels with a focus on enhancing the personalized education experience for travel industry professionals.

“As the rapid pace of change in our industry continues to accelerate, it is imperative that GBTA constantly evolve its educational programming to meet the changing needs of our members and prepare them for the future of travel management,” said Christle Johnson, GBTA President. “Establishing this panel of industry experts is paramount and will ensure changes made will enhance the members’ educational experience.”

“The goal of this panel is to ensure GBTA’s educational programming takes into account the needs of all members regardless of industry tenure, position or membership type, and to truly create a career pathway designed by and for the individual member,” said Jennifer Steinke, GBTA Board Member and Chair of the Blue Ribbon Education Panel.

The members of the Blue Ribbon Education Panel include:

CHAIR – Jennifer Steinke, Wholdings CO-CHAIR – Gus Vonderheide, Hyatt
Rita Visser – Oracle Chris Jones – Delta
Gloria Gonzalez – Freeman Vic Pynn – Amadeus
Cindy Shumate – Regeneron Cindy Allen – Team Catalyst Holdings
Jeremy Gardner – Accent Indy John Hampton – Enterprise
Karen Hutchings – EY Kristen Koenig – World Travel
Carla Bonaventura – Shell Kevin Iwamoto – Goldspring Consulting
Stephen Gheerow – Ford Foundation Leslie Andrews – Computer Systems Institute
Kathy Briski – Boeing
Wendy Palmer – EPRI
Connie Smith – McCain Foods Christle Johnson – GBTA President
Mark Zeigler – NetApp Dr. Amanda Cecil – Indiana University

The Panel held a two-day kick off meeting at the end of 2017 to begin to assess the current offerings and identify opportunity areas for new educational content or delivery methods. The Panel will continue to work together throughout 2018 to gain insight into past successes or misses; to garner an understanding of the needs of members through surveys, discussions and roundtables; and to learn best practices from experts in the field of education and professional development. Ultimately, the Panel will make recommendations to the GBTA Board of Directors on the future strategy for GBTA’s educational offerings.

À propos de l'Association mondiale des voyages d'affaires
La Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) est la première organisation commerciale de voyages d'affaires et de réunions au monde. Son siège social est situé dans la région de Washington, DC et elle opère sur six continents. Plus de 9 000 membres de GBTA gèrent chaque année plus de $345 milliards de dépenses mondiales de voyages d'affaires et de réunions. GBTA et la Fondation GBTA offrent une éducation, des événements, des recherches, des plaidoyers et des médias de classe mondiale à un réseau mondial en pleine croissance de plus de 28 000 professionnels du voyage et 125 000 contacts actifs. Pour savoir comment les voyages d'affaires stimulent la croissance durable des entreprises, visitez