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 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?

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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2020 General Program Information

Tuesday, November 17

Young Leaders Summit Kickoff

Location: TBA

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

2019 Session Moderators

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

2019 Session Speakers

  • Carroll Rheem, Vice President, Research & Analytics, Brand USA
  • Mark Blutstein, Research Analyst, Phocuswright
  • Carrie D. Fabris, Founder, CareerFrame and Director, Travel Leaders Corporate
  • Sam Shank, CEO, HotelTonight & Head of Hotels, Airbnb

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.

Wednesday, November 18

The Young Leaders Summit Lunch

Location: TBA

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.

2019 Session Speakers and Mentors

  • Carrie D. Fabris, Founder, CareerFrame and Director, Travel Leaders Corporate
  • Simon Ferguson, President & Managing Director, Travelport Americas
  • Steve Hafner, Co-Founder and CEO, Kayak
  • Oliver Heckmann, Vice President, Engineering, Google
  • Christina Heggie, Global Partnerships Solutions Lead, Travel, Google
  • Tim Hughes, Vice President, Corporate Development,
  • Jeff Hurst, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Vrbo, part of Expedia Group
  • Steve Kaufer, CEO, TripAdvisor
  • Miriam Moscovici, Senior Director, Research & Innovation, BCD Travel
  • Greg O'Hara, Executive Chairman, American Express GBT; Founder & Senior Managing Director, Certares

The Young Leaders Summit Happy Hour

Location: TBA

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

Thursday, November 19

The Young Leaders Summit Wrap-Up Breakfast

Location: TBA

2019 Session 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.

Review the eligibility criteria HERE.

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