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Message from the Office of the GBTA President

*The following post was originally sent as an email to GBTA members.*

Dear GBTA Members,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and were able to slow down and enjoy time with your loved ones. The year is off to a busy start and we are excited about what is to come in 2019.

GBTA Convention 2019
Registration is open for Convention, which will be held in Chicago, IL on August 3-7. This year’s Convention theme is Evolve. As travel has evolved and increasingly connected our world, so has our Association. GBTA continues to provide a platform for travel professionals to share best practices, policies and solutions to the industry’s greatest issues.

Stay tuned in the coming months for more on speakers and sessions to expect at this year’s Convention. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with industry experts and your peers —register today.

WINiT Summit 2019 - Chicago
Last year we announced our exciting acquisition of WINiT and this year WINiT Summit will be held in conjunction with Convention on Saturday, August 3. This one-day event will bring together professionals of all levels for the sole purpose of positively changing the careers and lives of women in travel-related industries. It will feature first-in-class women’s leadership content delivered by a diverse collection of speakers representing a range of industries, experiences and perspectives. More than an education experience, WINiT Summit attendees will be inspired through productive discussions about the challenges and successes women experience along their career journey.

Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) will serve as the closing keynote speaker. She will share her experiences paving a new path and culture in the military. She has over 21 years of experience as an officer, leader and fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. 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. Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss this!

Chapter Update
I have great news to share on the chapter front—every affiliate has committed to become a GBTA Chapter! Not only that, but the GBTA Board just approved a motion to add a new Chapter, the Oklahoma Chapter. For a complete list of Community member benefits, please click here.

I am excited about what lies ahead for GBTA in 2019. As always, thank you to our members for your continued support and commitment. Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts or questions you may have.

Best regards,

Christle Johnson
GBTA President