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AWTE supporting women in travel at WTM

It was fantastic to see such a great number of AWTE members turn out for the second Women in Travel seminars at World Travel Market on Tuesday November 3rd.  The afternoon comprised of two panel sessions and mentoring sessions.

The first panel was chaired by AWTE member Alessandra Alonso, and discussed entrepreneurship, resilience and the art of bouncing back.  It provided a fascinating insight into how four successful ladies in travel set up various business, challenges they met along the way and how these were overcome.  On the panel were Kristina Wallen, Lamia Walker, Carolyn Pearson and Daniela Wagner who gave honest and candid accounts of various challenges and offered advice for overcoming hurdles both mentally and physically.

Professor Graham Miller from the University of Surrey chaired the second panel.  An esteemed panel of ladies included Nishma Robb of Google, Jo Rzymowska of Celebrity Cruises, Carol Hay from the CTO, Julia Lo Bue Said of Advantage Travel Centres and Rebecca Maffeis of LaGrange Holidays who all offered their top tips and advice on good (and bad) leadership examples and how as women we can get the most out of your team and how to recruit a diverse and talented team.

Our members were also able to sign up for mentoring sessions.  Three AWTE board directors offered their services to ladies from all around the world who wanted one on one mentoring.  Debbee Dale, Kylie Mather and Sarah Clayton-Turner saw some fascinating women who were looking for advise on all matters relating to their businesses.

Both the panels and the mentoring sessions were a huge success, and we were delighted to support such an important afternoon at WTM for the second year running.

Andrew Wright
Published by Andrew Wright
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