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

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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?

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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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2020 Program

Tuesday, November 10

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time (ET)

Young Leaders Summit Kickoff


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

Welcome Words - Aurélie Krau, Evan Konwiser and Walter Buschta

Keynote: Why work in travel during COVID-19 - Aurélie Krau and Evan Konwiser

Keynote: Personal Development - Special Guest – Keynote: "Reframe 2.0 - Be the best version of yourself!" - Carrie Fabris

Phocuswright Research: A Winding Path to Recovery - Madeline List

Activity - #BeyondThePause Workshop Session, moderated by industry experts

Session Moderators

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


  • Carrie D. Fabris, Chief ReFramer, CareerFrame
  • Mark Lenahan, Head of Air and Rail Propositions, Travelport
  • Madeline List, Research Analyst, Phocuswright
  • Pete Comeau, Managing Director, Phocuswright

3:45 PM - 4:30 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

  • Christina Heggie, Global Partnership Solutions Lead, Travel, Google
  • Julie White, VP Commercial, EMEA, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  • Dee Waddell, Global Managing Director, Travel & Transportation Industries, IBM
  • Jeff Hurst, President, Vrbo
  • Stephen Kaufer, President & CEO, Tripadvisor

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time (ET)

Virtual Happy Hour

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

Review the eligibility criteria HERE.

Are you a rising star in travel?

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2020 Speakers, Mentors, Moderators

Young Leaders 2019

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