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Top 50 Women in Travel - 2020

Top 50 Women in Travel - 2020

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the world’s largest business travel association and worldwide leader in education, research, networking, and advocacy for the industry – today announced the Top 50 Women in Travel.

The Top 50 Women in Travel is a distinguished group of professionals who are promoting the important mission of WINiT by GBTA while also serving as the best and brightest in their own careers. These outstanding women leaders were selected for their contributions to the travel industry across EMEA, APAC, LATAM, Canada and the U.S.

“Never has the mission of WINiT by GBTA been more important than now, when women have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic especially hard,” said Dorothy Dowling, chair of the WINiT Strategic Advisory Board and senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Best Western Hotels & Resorts.



“These women have been selected for this esteemed list not only for the determination and focus they’ve exhibited in elevating their own careers but for their dedication to reaching a hand out to help other women rise in the industry as well.”

The Top 50 Women in Travel from 2020 are:



Edyth Adedeji, Delta Air Lines

Michele Allen, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Leslie Andrews, JLL

Tori Barnes, U.S. Travel Association

Linda Bekoe, APLBC

Kari Bigot, Altour

Lisa Bliss, Boeing

Maureen Brady, Corporate Travel Management

Michelle Brown, United Airlines

Doreen Burse, United Airlines

Silvia Camarota, Expedia Group

Lisa Checchio, Wyndam Hotels and Resorts

Maria Chevalier, PredictX

Corrie DeCamp, Sabre

Michelle De Costa, Takeda

Katharine Farrell, Dots & Lines Inc.

Wendy Ferrill, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Kathleen Garcia, Cvent

Martine Gerow, Amex GBT

Amy Green, Sabre

Maren Hanschke, Flight Centre Travel Group Mexico

Jennie Ho, Delta Vacations

Christle Johnson, Johnson Downie LLC

Keyra Lynn Johnson, Delta Air Lines

Emma Jones, Willis Towers Watson

Sharlene Ketwaroo-Nanoo, Rogers Communications

Silke Koehnecke, Southwest Airlines

Mary Kohler, Amex GBT

Susan Lichtenstein, DigiTravel Consulting

Molly MacMillan, Enterprise Holdings - National / Enterprise

Melissa Maher, Expedia

Rosemary Maloney, Sprinklr

Beth Marino, Fox World Travel

Marilyn Markham, Amex GBT

Traci Mercer, Sabre

Sophie Nelson, Avis Budget Group

Beth Potter, Tourism Industry Association of Canada

Christina Reichelt, World Travel Inc

Lauri Reishus, Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC)

Jeannette Ross, AT Kearney Inc

Donna Sbarra, Enterprise Holdings Inc.

Carmen Smith, ICF

Laura Smith, Hertz Corporation

Joanne Sully, Amex GBT

Alison Taylor, American Airlines

Jody Unterberger, ALTOUR

Sandra Vermeulen, BCD Travel

Devi Virdi, WHTT

Michelle Ward, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Emma Wilson, Sabre

Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc

Christina Woronchak, Deem


Through its stewardship of WINiT and throughout all of the Association’s initiatives, GBTA is committed to being the industry voice advocating for diversity, equality and inclusion, and to raising the profile for all individuals from all walks of life, religion, race, age, gender, sexual orientation and disabilities, mental health and invisible illnesses.

“The WINiT ceremony, held virtually this year, provides us with the important opportunity to come together as an industry and celebrate our peers who are making a difference in this industry we love,” Michelle (Mick) Lee, founder and vice chair of the WINiT Strategic Advisory Board and managing director at BNY Mellon.

“I’m thrilled to honor these Top 50 women who are connecting, educating and advocating for the advancement of women in our industry.”

All recipients will be honored at the WINiT Awards & Virtual Gala on March 8 at 1 p.m. ET. In addition to recognizing these 50 outstanding women, awards will be presented for Founders Award, Rising Female Leader, Best Mentor/Coach – Female, Best Mentor/Coach – Male, Company Achievement: Creating a Company Culture for Women to Advance and Succeed, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Registration for the March 8 WINiT Awards & Virtual Gala, sponsored by Cvent, United for Business, and CTM and closes March 7; click here to register.


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