Creates opportunities to expand the exposure, knowledge and capabilities of rising leaders to develop, inspire and achieve within the industry and beyond.

The Emerging Leaders Program, exclusive to Chairman's Circle members, creates opportunities to expand the exposure, knowledge and capabilities of rising leaders to develop, inspire and achieve within the industry and beyond. 

Program Overview: 

Candidates selected for the program will participate in an immersive experience at U.S. Travel events, providing the opportunity to:

  • Connect with industry leaders to learn multiple perspectives
  • Experience unparalleled networking opportunities with senior industry leaders
  • Hone executive presence
  • Gain an understanding of U.S. Travel’s mission, value and culture
  • Provide U.S. Travel board members an opportunity to engage with developing and diverse talents

Open to Chairman's Circle members, the ideal candidate is recognized within their organization for his or her talent and leadership traits and is preparing for the next step in his or her career. They should represent a diverse background and perspective, with a focus on varying disciplines and/or job functions. 

Selection Process: 

The Governance Committee will serve as the selection committee, with all nominations considered confidential. The Committee will select up to 30 leaders to comprise each year’s Emerging Travel Leaders cohort.


    2022 Emerging Travel Leaders

    Amanda Baker
    Partner Marketing Manager, Visit North Carolina
    Katherine Barnes
    Director, IDEMIA
    Travis Binkley
    Manager of Group Development, Visit Orlando
    Christian Cadle
    Director, Client Services, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
    Megan Conway
    Chief Strategy Officer, Travel Portland
    Amelia Deluca
    Managing Director, Sustainability, Delta Air Lines
    Lorne Edwards
    Senior Vice President, Sales & Services, Visit Phoenix
    Maria Fabregat
    Director, Sales & Travel Operations, Disney Signature Experiences
    Jennifer Haber
    Vice President - Legal - Litigation & Government Relations, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
    Petra Hackworth
    Vice President, Global Sales, Travel Oregon
    Drew Hays
    Director, Austin Sports Commission, Visit Austin
    Christina Heggie
    Commerce GTM Product Strategy, Travel, Google
    Connie Kinnard
    Vice President, Multicultural Tourism & Development, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Mia Landrin
    Director Executive Affairs & Events, Carnival Cruise Line
    Robin McClain
    Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Destination DC
    Jacob Pewitt Yancey
    Director, Consumer Insights & Analytics, VISIT FLORIDA
    Dawson Pritchett
    Sales Manager, Visit Lauderdale
    Alix Skelpsa Ridgway
    Director of Government & Community Affairs, Arizona Office of Tourism
    Taylor Stanley
    Director, Convention Sales, Visit Lake Charles
    Keith Stiff
    Senior Manager, Sales, Universal Orlando Resort
    Armine Terzyan
    Vice President, Sales Operations, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)
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    Judith Harris

    Vice President, Member Services

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