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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