Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Program

The three-day program showcases renowned academics from high-ranking business schools and top universities. This is the only course for travel professionals focused on business and leadership skills. The curriculum integrates meaningful structured learning, combined with an experiential, knowledge-exchange model using real-life challenges and opportunities in the business travel industry. Brought to you by GBTA Academy and in partnership with University of Virginia’s (UVA’s) Darden School of Business.

Darden School


The GLP Program offers a wide range of benefits to participants and their organizations, including:

  • Engage with network of global peers who value professional development
  • Utilize advanced business principles and best practices
  • Interact with renowned academics and industry experts
  • Develop team approaches and strategies for solving problems
  • Earn recognition for your achievement

Individual Courses:

Individual GLP Courses are designed to address one of the four primary competencies for mid to senior-level industry professionals to expand their knowledge and stay current with the latest trends in the industry.

The four main competencies are:

  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Finance

Individuals are not required to enroll in the complete program and are welcome to attend any course that is offered.


GBTA Members: $995  |  Non-Members: $1,355

Scholarships available.  5 awarded presently.

Register for Upcoming Courses

Finance for Non-Financial Executives

Core Competency: Finance

The course is designed for business leaders wanting to gain a solid understanding of financial measurement and valuation tools. This three-day virtual course equips leaders from all backgrounds with the skills necessary to communicate effectively on issues relating to finance, accounting and ultimately, their bottom lines. 


Core Competency: Management

Dates: December 7-9, 2021 VIRTUALLY

Times: TBD

Speaker: Laura Morgan Roberts, Professor of Practice, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

Registration coming soon


Core Competency: Marketing


Core Competency: Leadership


Certificate and Designation Programs

Certificate of Professional Development

The Certificate of Professional Development is obtained by successfully completing four courses, one course in each of the four main competencies. Successful completion of The Certificate of Professional Development is a prerequisite for the Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Designation.

Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Designation

Registration Rate: $5,000

The Global Leadership Professional® Designation is the pinnacle of achievement for business travel professionals. This program consists of several components centered on a collaborative, industry-related project:

  • Begins with a group meeting where teams and projects will be assigned
  • 2 web-based virtual classrooms sessions customized to the group’s support needs
  • Additional opportunities to work with peers on your assigned project will be provided
  • A potential on-site session where projects will be finalized and presented at GBTA Convention or virtually


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  • “The ability to look at things in a larger perspective, networking opportunity with other business experts, the learning experience from a Harvard fellow.”

    Daisy Francisco, Husky Injection Molding Systems

  • "The most significant takeaway from this session was the framework for creativity and idea generation. The content was taught in such a way that I can easily come back to my organization and use the methodology to further develop organizational creativity and intrapreneurship."

    Samantha Bean, LTD Hospitality Group

  • “There is always a different way to look at and evaluate things. Two sides of every situation and you need to weigh out the knowledge completely before making a decision. I enjoyed the on line timing and breaks."

    Toni Bonnette-Verdi, BWH Hotel Group

  • “The instructor was excellent. I thought the all 3 days were very engaging.”

    Maruca Malloy, World Bank



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