WAITLIST ONLY! The 2018 Young Leaders Summit roster has been filled. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, send an email to: [email protected]

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

This elite program is a launching pad for the next generation of travel luminaries to connect, debate and collaborate.

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

Due to tremendous interest, all spots in the Young Leaders Summit at this year's Phocuswright Confrence have been filled. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, send an email to: [email protected]

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.

2018 General Program Information


4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Young Leaders Summit Kickoff

Location: Gold Ballroom

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.


  • Evan Konwiser, VP Product Strategy & Marketing, American Express Global Business Travel


  • Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WIT and Editorial Director, Web In Travel
  • Rod Cuthbert, Founder & Former Chairman & CEO, Viator; Former Chairman & CEO, Rome2rio
  • Mark Blustein, Research Analyst, Phocuswright

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.


1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

The Young Leaders Summit Lunch

Location: Gold Ballroom

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.


  • Christina Heggie, Investment Principal, JetBlue Technology Ventures
  • Michelle Vincent, Industry Manager, Travel, Facebook
  • Decius Valmorbida, President, Amadeus
  • Chris Hemmeter, Managing Director, Thayer Ventures
  • Erik Blachford, Venture Partner, Technology Crossover Ventures
  • Gianni Marostica, Director Business Development, Travel, Google Inc.
  • Kei Shibata, CEO, Venture Republic
  • Lawrence Hester, CEO, Fareharbor
  • Dee Waddell, Global Managing Director, Travel & Transportation Industries, IBM

9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Young Leaders Summit Happy Hour

Location: The Mixing Room, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

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: Gold Ballroom


  • 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.

Review the eligibility criteria HERE.

WAITLIST ONLY! The 2018 Young Leaders Summit roster has been filled. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, send an email to: [email protected]

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