August 31, 2023

GBTA Board of Directors Spotlight

Mentorship: Igniting Career Development for Travel Professionals       

In this feature series, GBTA’s Board of Directors share their views on topics that matter most to members, the industry, and the way forward for business travel. Today’s guest author is GBTA Board member, Sue Spear.  

In the ever-changing world of professional growth, mentorship plays a crucial role in guiding people toward success and fulfillment. If you’ve ever had or been a mentor, you know the value of how this dynamic relationship connects theoretical knowledge with practical wisdom.

A mentor can introduce a mentee to a wider professional network and open doors to collaboration, partnership, and new avenues for growth. These connections are incredibly valuable, often leading to undiscovered opportunities. Through shared interactions and honest discussions, mentors can help a mentee learn faster and make better decisions. Learning from someone who has faced similar challenges creates a sense of relatability and trust, boosting the mentee's confidence in their own abilities.

At GBTA, the WINiT and Ladders Programs offer many benefits for mentors and mentees. For mentees, these programs bring new perspectives and energy, keeping mentors engaged with changing industry trends. They provide a unique opportunity to get advice from a professional outside of their usual work environment. This fresh perspective brings new insights and ideas, helping mentees approach challenges from a broader angle. The mentor-mentee relationship creates a sense of camaraderie, helping mentees overcome obstacles and excel in their roles.

The WINiT 1:1 Mentoring Program connects mentors with motivated female mentees, creating relationships that promote growth and development. This mentorship journey not only speeds up career advancement but also builds a supportive community. And the Ladders Team-Based Mentorship Program takes a collaborative approach to solving industry challenges. By forming teams focused on specific topics, participants work with industry leaders to understand complex issues. The program creates a dynamic learning environment, where mentors and mentees work together to build skills, exchange knowledge, and expand their network.

The power of mentorship goes beyond just sharing knowledge – it provides emotional support, networking opportunities, and inspiration. Your journey toward success can be even more rewarding with a trusted guide. Whether mentor or mentee, I urge you to dive into mentorship and the many opportunities that GBTA has to offer.



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Industry Spotlight

GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 – Hamburg
Preview of The Diverse Range of Education in Hamburg

A sneak peek of the exciting education sessions planned for the upcoming GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 – Hamburg, which will be held from 14-16 November. This prestigious event will bring together professionals, experts, and thought leaders from the travel, business, and corporate sectors to exchange knowledge, discuss industry trends, and explore innovative solutions. Here's a glimpse of the education sessions that you can look forward to.

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GBTA APAC Conference 2023 - Singapore
Today Is Last Chance to Register Before Rates Increase

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The GBTA APAC Conference 2023 taking place on September 19 – 20 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore will bring together the business travel community to network, learn from industry experts and benefit from peer-to-peer education. Tapping into the global insights of GBTA and curated by regional thought leaders, this event will focus on the key issues and opportunities facing the business travel industry today.

For the first time this event will be co-located with the Worldwide ERC Global Mobility Summit offering all delegates the opportunity to benefit from the learning and networking opportunities of both conferences.

Don't miss your chance to gain invaluable insights, forge crucial partnerships, and elevate your travel program to new heights at the leading Asia Pacific business travel conference - join us at the GBTA APAC Conference 2023 – Singapore and be part of the future of our industry.

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Indonesia - ASEAN Summit and related meetings to occur in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 2-7. Tight security likely at event sites.

Italy - Unionized airport staff to strike in Italy, Sept. 8; passenger processing delays and flight disruptions likely.

New Zealand - Fog prompts flight disruptions at Auckland Airport in New Zealand on the morning of Aug. 31. Reconfirm flights.

United States - Tropical Storm Idalia tracking northeast over Georgia, US, late Aug. 30 following landfall over Florida's Big Bend, US, early Aug. 30.

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Upcoming Events

Sustainable Travel Management
September 18, 25, October 3, 9

GBTA APAC Conference 2023 - Singapore
September 19 - 20

GBTA Conference 2023 Milano
October 5

Advanced Priniciples of Business Travel Management
October 5, 12, 19, 26

GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 – Hamburg
November 14 - 16

GBTA Conference 2024 - Mexico City
April 3 - 4

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Bring your travel program to the next level by joining the new GBTA Academy Course on Sustainable Travel Management. 📆 Start date: September 18th, 2023

By taking this course, GTP holders will earn 10 GTP® Recertification credits. All course participants will earn a Certificate of Completion.

You will learn from your peers and active business travel practitioners - including instructors Jenny Sabineu and Ben Park. Focus is on concrete content and...

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