Announcing the Fabulous Women in Travel Meet Up Line Up of Speakers and Mentors

Announcing the Fabulous Women in Travel Meet Up Line Up of Speakers and Mentors

I am delighted this week to be able to announce the full line up of speakers and mentors for the forthcoming Women in Travel meet up at World Travel Market 2015. It is a privilege to have such a high caliber group of professionals committing their time to join the event as panelists and also to provide one to one mentoring support to those who will be booking the sessions in advance. I must also thanks our supporters at WTM, AWTE and the University of Surrey for helping in making this possible!

One to one mentoring support is, I believe, a first for World Travel Market and possibly any travel related event. It will provide a huge opportunity to access some of the most professional and successful female travel entrepreneurs and professionals out there and receive advice or perhaps answers to an important question. A booking engine will soon become available via WTM’s website, so watch this space!

The fact that so many have agreed to join the Women in Travel event notwithstanding a very busy WTM agenda can only mean one thing: the discussion around women in travel continues to be as relevant now as it ever was, whether the area of focus is entrepreneurship, leadership or corporate women climbing the career ladder!

I am certain that the quality of discussion will be second to none and I am sure that we will all feel inspired and motivated by the talks. But I also know that there will be plenty of practical advice and take-away tips from no-nonsense, straight talking entrepreneurs, starting and growing their businesses. So make sure that the event is in your diary now and you do not miss attending the Women in Travel meet up on 3 November 2015, between 13.30 and 18.00.

In the meantime, please join the discussion, contribute and feedback your views and ideas on this blog, on Twitter @WTMWomen and also directly to me, 


Session 1  – Not for the faint hearted:  Entrepreneurship, Resilience and the Art of Bouncing Back

South Gallery 15/16 – 14.00 to 15.00

Kristina Wallen, MD, HARP Wallen Executive Travel Recruitment & Search,

Daniela Wagner, International Partnerships, Connecting Travel

Lamia Walker, Director,

Carolyn Pearson, Director,

Moderated by Alessandra Alonso, Chief mentor, Everyday Mentor,


Session 2 – 4G Leadership – Four generations of women in travel share their leadership lessons.

South Gallery 15/16 – 14.00 to 15.00

Jo Rzymowska, MD, Celebrity Cruises UK and Ireland,

Carol Hay, Marketing  Director, Caribbean Tourism Organisation,

Nishma Robb , Head of Marketing, Google UK,

Rebecca Maffeis, UK MD, Lagrange Holidays,

Julia Lo Bue Said, MD, Advantage Travel,

Moderated by Prof. Graham Miller, Head, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey,



South Gallery 17 -1330 to 1400 and 1500 to 1530

Most of the ladies above have already confirmed their availability to mentor. In addition one to one sessions will be offered by professionals including Debbie Hindle, MD, Four BGB and Dr Caroline Scarles, University of Surrey. Booking will open in coming weeks.

Sessions will take place at 1330 to 1400 and 1500 to 1530 and will be on a ‘first book – first served’ only. Booking will open shortly.


Key Note followed by Networking

Jacki Hill-Murphy, writer, traveler and film maker, author of ‘Adventuresses, rediscovering daring voyages into the unknown’ 

So do not miss out on this great event and on the opportunity to network, learn, share knowledge and receive tips and advice from like minded women and men…join us on 3rd November at World Travel Market for the Women in Travel meet up!

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Alessandra is founder of social enterprise Women in Travel CIC which she launched in January 2017 to provide communities in key regions (for example UK, Middle East, Africa and Latin America) with a sustainable livelihood by enabling women to become economically independent through entrepreneurship and a thriving career in the travel and tourism industry. Alessandra is also Chief Mentor & Consultant at Everyday Mentor, where she provides mentoring, coaching and consulting services to a range of clients in the commercial and public sector. Alessandra also collaborates with a number of Universities, including Hertfordshire, Normandy and Surrey. Alessandra is passionate about gender in tourism and has written and spoken extensively on the subject over the last 12 years, including at the United Nations World Tourism Day. She is well known as co-founder of Shine People and Places – a boutique outfit dedicate to supporting women in the workplace - and The Shine Awards for Women Achievements in Travel Tourism Hospitality and Events, which she ran between 2004 and 2010 before Sector Skills Council People 1st took them over. Prior to Shine Alessandra worked at KPMG, where she built the Travel & Tourism division, and the World Travel and Tourism Council. Alessandra has an executive MBA from the University of Ediburgh/Grande Ecole Pons combined; she is a qualified coach/mentor for performance in the workplace and she is a member of several industry bodies including AWTE and the UK Tourism Society.

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