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Pre-Conference Roundtables

  • Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia 10 Avenue Of The Arts Philadelphia, PA, 19102 (map)


This session is brought to you by Destinations International

Greetings by: Don Welsh, President and CEO, Destinations International

Moderated by: Tonya Ladipo, Founder and CEO of The Ladipo Group, LLC


  • Roger Dow, President and CEO, U.S Travel

  • Marsha Flanagan, Vice President of Learning Experiences at the International Association for Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)

  • Paul Van Deventer, President and CEO of Meeting Planners International (MPI)

  • John Graham, President and CEO of American Society of Association Executives

  • Michelle Mason, President and CEO of Association Forum

  • John Tanzella, President and CEO, International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association

  • Al Kidd, President and CEO, National Association of Sports Commissions

Diversity and Inclusion has become a fundamental strategy and requirement for successful meetings and conventions.

This Roundtable session will examine the current state of Diversity and Inclusion in the meeting and convention industry to create a collaborative approach for Diversity and Inclusion efforts underway by leading Destination Management Organizations.

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“Diverse and Welcoming Cities”

This session is brought to you by Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Greetings by: Varsovia Fernandez, Philadelphia Market Executive at Customers Bank and Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Moderated by: Harold Epps, Director of Commerce for City of Philadelphia


Join us as we engage in a provocative conversation by mayors from various cities articulating their current strategies.

Today, cities and municipalities in the United States are recognizing the economic and social benefits of becoming welcoming communities and fostering a welcoming culture. Cities are developing welcoming agendas that look to attract and retain a global workforce and maximize the local economic development and growth opportunities that newcomers bring.



This session is brought to you by Jackson Lewis

Greetings by: Malcom J. Ingram, Attorney at Law at Jackson Lewis

Moderated by: Ed McNeill, President of Lodging Media'


  • National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators and Developers: Andy Ingraham, Founder & President/CEO

  • National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners, Marlinda Henry, President

  • Asian American Hotel Owners Association: Hitesh Patel, Chairman

  • American Hotel and Lodging Association: Rosanna Maietta, Executive Vice President of Communications and Public Relations

Minority association management must deliver to it dues-paying members and govern their association through an elected board or other governing body, along with association committees, commissions, task forces, councils and other units.

DISCUSSION: Advocacy, Education, Communication

Overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Association, a non-profit organization providing membership services to paid Association members (adult and youth). Administrating support and coordination of services and staff (volunteers and clerical support, as applicable) necessary to comply with bylaws, policies and performance standards. Managing and/or execution of all administrative/transactional activities required of the Association to maintain the Association significant contact with the public (i.e. members, proprietors, governing organizations, suppliers, and the media).

ATTENDING: American Hotel Lodging Association (AHLA); Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA); National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators and Developers (NABHOOD); Latino Hotel Association (LHA); National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP)

Later Event: March 25
Pre-Conference Think Tank