The Young Leaders Summit

The Young Leaders Summit at The Phocuswright Conference promotes executive management development among rising stars in travel, tourism and hospitality. The summit showcases the important role young leadership plays in the future growth of the world's largest industry.

A select group of young leaders interacts with the industry's best and brightest. Participation exposes this group to today's travel luminaries as a critical step to becoming the future leaders who will drive strategy, innovation and growth.

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2017 General Program Information

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Room 214, 2nd Floor, Diplomat Beach Resort

The Summit convenes for the first time. Get to know your fellow stars during an interactive session Monday afternoon. This is the day before the conference begins.

Brandie Wright, Research Analyst, Phocuswright
Evan Konwiser, VP Digital Traveler, American Express Global Business Travel

Yeoh Siew Hoon, Founder, WIT and Editorial Director, Web In Travel
Rod Cuthbert, Executive Chairman, Rome2rio

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Conference Kick-Off Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by: Allianz Global Assistance USA and Travelport
Location: Lobby, The Diplomat Beach Resort

Network with the rest of the class and meet with alumni. Discover their tips and secrets for a successful Young Leaders Summit. Interact with Phocuswright staff and start your conference planning.

12:20 pm - 1:40 pm
The Young Leaders Summit Lunch
Location: Room 214, 2nd Floor, Diplomat Beach Resort

Take a break from workshops and enjoy lunch with your fellow Young Leaders Summit members. Industry leaders join the group and share their experiences as they climbed the so-called corporate ladder.

Krista Pappas, Vice President, Lola
Gianni Marostica, Director, Global Business Development, Google Inc.
Jeff Hurst, Chief Commercial Officer, Inc.
Feargal Mooney, CEO, Hostelworld Group PLC
Kei Shibata, CEO, Venture Republic
Joel Cutler, Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Young Leaders Summit Happy Hour
Location: Lobby, The Diplomat Beach Resort (Cabana)

Cocktails are served! Take a break from business (or not) and enjoy a few drinks with your newfound friends from across the industry.

8:30 am - 9:30 am
The Young Leaders Summit Wrap-Up Breakfast
Location: Exhibitor Showcase, Great Hall, 3rd Floor, Convention Center

Speaker: Philip C. Wolf, Founder, Phocuswright Inc.

Meet at the Young Leaders Summit table to discuss the event, plans for the year and give us your feedback.