About WINiT

WINiT by GBTA is a network of women and men focused on driving positive change for the career mobility of women in travel-related industries. We provide the industry with a variety of unique career development opportunities including leadership and education, training and mentoring, and inspirational and networking events.

Spotlight on Fox World Travel, 2021 WINiT Award Winner for Company Culture

For more than 60 years, Fox World Travel has supported the advancement of women across the board, from entry-level positions with on-the-job training up to our executive team, which is currently 50 percent women-led. 2020 reporting showed that women made up 87.5 percent of our new hires and 50 percent of promotions as well as 63 percent of our leadership roles are held by women and 61 percent are women leaders who were grown from within.

At Fox, we feel our stance and culture speaks volumes as a leader in gender equality and we are so proud to be named as a leader by GBTA’s WINiT Awards for Company Culture. View video here.


Spotlight on 2021 WINiT Top 50 Women in Travel Recipients

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WINiT Sponsorship Opportunities

Ensure WINiT continues to advance opportunities for women and provide mentorship and support to future women leaders. Contact the WINiT Team to learn how your organization can make an impact at one of our 2021 events.

Thank you to Our Sponsors

American A


WINiT Strategic Advisory Board



Dorothy Dowling
WINiT Strategic Advisor
Senior Vice President and
Chief Marketing Officer
BWH | Hotel Group

Michelle (Mick) Lee
Founder and Chair of WINiT SAB, Gala, Convention and Social Media &
Executive Board Member, GBTA

Managing Director
BNY Mellon

Beth Kinerk
Vice Chair, WINiT SAB
Senior Vice President of Sales
Avis Budget Group


Glass Breakers

Mary Ellen Hess
Glass Breaker  - Mentoring and Industry Workforce Sustainability
Executive Vice President Business Development
Corporate Travel Management (CTM)

Patti Huska
Glass Breaker - Redefining Return to the Road and Return to the Office
Chief People Officer
American Express Global Business Travel

Christle Johnson
Glass Breaker – Education
Vice President, Travel and Business Services
Johnson Downie LLC

Melissa Maher
Glass Breaker – Allyship
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Industry Engagement Expedia, Inc. 

Traci Mercer
Glass Breaker - Technology
Senior Vice President, Global Lodging, Ground and Sea Sabre Travel Network


Strategic Advisory Board Members

Aileen Furlong
Managing Director, Global Corporate Sales
United Airlines

Tara Ketcham
Assistant Vice President Business Development
Enterprise Holdings

Kelly Kuhn
Special Advisor

Malaika Myers
Chief Human Resources Officer
Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Suzanne Neufang

Kristen Shovlin
Vice President, Sales Operations and Development
Delta Air Lines

Laura Smith
Executive Vice President
Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience
Hertz Corporation

Alison Taylor
Vice President, Allied Leadership
Council & Executive Board Member, GBTA

Chief Customer Officer
American Airlines

Denise Truso, CCTE, GTP
President, GBTA
Global Travel Manager

Rita Visser
Executive Board Member, GBTA
Director, Global Travel Sourcing & GPO


Lisa Censullo
Executive Vice President

Catherine Logan
Regional Vice President - EMEA