Are you a rising star in travel?

Each year, Phocuswright brings together the industry’s best and brightest travel leaders aged 35 and under to be part of this elite group.

This private program during The Phocuswright Conference is a launching pad for the next generation of travel luminaries to connect, debate and collaborate.

Are you a young leader or do you have any candidates in your company that you might want to send?

Applications for the Young Leaders Summit are now open >

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Young Leaders Summit 2021

Are you 35 or under and a young star at your company? A startup founder? Leading innovation and change at your company?

Only a limited number of participants are accepted into the Young Leaders Summit program.

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We created the Young Leaders Summit to recognize the brilliant minds shaping the future of the travel industry.

The Young Leaders Summit 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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2021 General Program Information

Monday, November 15

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Eastern Time (ET)

Young Leaders Summit Kickoff


The Young Leaders Summit convenes! Get to know your fellow stars during an interactive session Monday morning. 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.

Session Moderators

  • Aurélie Krau, Consultant, FESTIVE ROAD
  • Evan Konwiser, EVP Product, Strategy, & Communications, American Express Global Business Travel


  • Carrie D. Fabris, Chief ReFramer, CareerFrame
  • Sam Shank, CEO, HotelTonight & Head of Guest Experiences, Airbnb
  • Madeline List, Research Analyst, Phocuswright

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time (ET)

Young Leaders Cocktail Reception

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

Tuesday, November 16

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM Eastern Time (ET)

Roundtable Discussions

Rub shoulders with industry leaders who will join the group and share their experiences as they climbed the so-called corporate ladder.

    Industry Leaders / Mentors

  • Nelson Boyce, Managing Director, Travel, Google
  • Steve Hafner, CEO & Co-Founder, KAYAK
  • Steve Kaufer, CEO, Tripadvisor
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Are you a rising star in travel?

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2021 Speakers, Mentors, Moderators

The 2021 young leaders mentor and speaker lineup is taking shape. Stay tuned for more!

Young Leaders 2019

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