Education Summit



GBTA - North Central Chapter 2018 Education Summit

Thursday, May 17, 2018
7:30am – 3:00pm

The Marquette Hotel in their Windows on Minnesota Meeting Space

 Minneapolis, MN

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Keynote Presentation:  Wild at Work:  A Dog Musher’s Perspective on Travel Management

 Chris Heeter, Leadership Speaker, Wilderness Guide, Poet


Education Summit Agenda


7:00a – 8:00a - Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:00a – 8:15a - Opening Remarks -Sarah Hill, President, GBTA-NCC

8:15a – 9:15a - Wild at Work: A Dog Musher’s Perspective on Travel Management

Keynote: Chris Heeter, Leadership Speaker, Wilderness Guide, Poet

Combining business expertise with hilarious stories from her sled dog team, Chris will use sled dog analogies to explore travel management issues including managing change, handling details, and dealing with a wide variety of personalities.

9:15a – 9:45a -   Flash Focus - TBD

9:45a – 10:00a - Break

 10:00a – 11:00a - How to Manage the Unmanageable - Small Meetings & Groups

Moderator: Gail Piehl, ECG/Corporate Hospitality- Business Development Manager, Travelport

Panelists: Melissa Leppin, Chief Sales Officer, Lexyl Travel Technologies, LLC dba HotelPlanner; Maggie McCarthy-Groupize; Julieanne Peloquin-Travel One

Small meetings & group travel is often unmanaged and not part of a Travel Manager’s responsibilities. Technology leaders will discuss why Travel Managers should take note of what is happening in this area and what technology is available to support them.


11:00a – 11:30a - Flash Focus – WINiT: Women in Travel

11:30a – 12:30p -  Lunch, Networking & Final Voting 

12:30p – 1:30p - New Distribution Capability Panel 

Moderator: TBD 

Panelists: Jared Cox, Sr. Manager International Distribution Strategy, American Airlines; David Pitts, CarlsonWagonlit Travel; Martha Telander, Director, Corporate Sales Travelport

These travel industry experts will explain what NDC is, how it will impact their travel channels and corporate travel buyers.


1:30p – 2:00p - President Awards, Scholarships and Election Results - Sarah Hill, President, GBTA-NCC

2:00p – 2:30p - Flash Focus - TBD

2:30p – 3:00p - Closing Remarks - Sarah Hill, President, GBTA-NCC

We are awaiting certification by GBTA for Continuing Education/Recertification Credits 

 Pricing: Early bird registration through 4/29: Members - $110**; Non-members $135** Registration from 4/30 through 5/14: Members – $135**; Non-members $160** Day of event registration: Member/Non-member$160**

**Consider an upgraded seat!
  With a $25 donation to GBTA’s PAC, you can experience upgraded service at the Education Summit—including premium seating, special amenities during the day, and a swag bag!  Seating is limited.  To make your donation to PAC, select Education Summit Seat Upgrade at the time of registration.

Accommodations: $159 Courtesy Room Block Rate Available Until May 1, 2018 call 612-333-4545, option 1, code: GBT518

Attire: Business Casual