MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS LEADERS ROUNDTABLE
WILLIAM PENN ROOM, 4th FLOOR- INVITATION ONLY
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
Elliott Ferguson, President and CEO, Destination DC
Tina Wehmeir, Board Chair, Events Industry Council & Chief Executive Officer, AMC Institute
Steve O’Malley, Chair of International Board of Directors, Meeting Professionals International
Al Hutchinson, President & CEO, Visit Baltimore
Kellie Henderson, Senior Vice President, Searchwide Global
Nan Marchand, Senior Vice President, Membership and Industry Relations; General Manager, ESTO, U.S Travel
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.
CITY MAYORS ROUNDTABLE: 2:30PM - 4:00PM
PETITE BALLROOM, 2nd FLOOR
“Diverse and Welcoming Cities”
This session is brought to you by Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
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
Douglas Palmer, Former Mayor of Trenton, New Jersey
Mayor Hardie Davis, Mayor of Augusta, Georgia
Eugene N. Anderson, African American Mayors Association (AAMA)
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.
MINORITY HOTEL ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT’S ROUNDTABLE
THOMAS JEFFERSON BOARD ROOM, 8th FLOOR- INVITATION ONLY
This session is brought to you by Jackson Lewis
Greetings by: Malcolm 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
Latino Hotel Association: Lynette Montoya, President and CEO
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)