2018 Stay Boutique Live, Female-Empowerment Edition


Conscious Traveler with Jessica Blotter (CEO and Co-Founder of Kind Traveler) Kelley Louise (Founder and Executive Director of Impact TravelAlliance), Beth Whitman (Travel Expert and Cheif Wander at Wanderlust, Lipstick, and WanderTours)

We're living in the height of the digital age. Everything we do today is shared, retweeted, forwarded, liked, or commented on. While many have made note of the vanity in living your life online, few have touched on the positive outcomes resulting from exposure. Travel bloggers inspire not only wanderlust but interest in other people and their environments. Our panelists joined us to give an insider perspective on how bloggers empower global communities and how the internet has facilitated positive change.

Luxury Redefined with Edie Rodriguez (Americas Brand Chairman and Corporate Special Advisor at Ponant), Caroline MacDonald ( VP of Sales and Marketing, Americas and Europe at Rosewood Hotels), Kristie Goshow (Chief Marketing Officer at Preferred Hotel Group) and interviewed by Frances Kiradjian, Founder & CEO, BLLA

Before BLLA made it its mission to make boutique hotels mainstream, people defined them as properties with a limited number of rooms and personality. The same could be said of cruise ships. The pioneers of the boutique experience, if you will, cruise ships and lifestyle hotels crystallized the idea that lasting, impactful experiences are facilitated by venues with luxury amenities, communal spaces and lots of pizazz. Ponant Cruises, Preferred Hotels and Resorts and Rosewood Hotels personify luxury on an off land. Our panelists are ranking members in these prestigious organizations, and joined us to talk luxury, boutique, and their experience as women who dominate their industries.

Spotlight on Anatasia Mann (Chairman/CEO of Corniche Group Inc.)

With the advent of mobile technologies and the connectedness of our society, you might think travel agencies had been phased out of relevancy. This could not be further from the truth. Technology has become a force in the world of travel booking, no doubt about that. BUT, innovations are being made that allow agencies to operate in a much broader sense than what we have seen in years past. Our panelists discussed the changes in travel trends they've witnessed in their years owning and operating agencies.

Airline Analysis Panel with Bonny Simi (President of JetBlue Technology Ventures) Joanne Smith (E.V.P. and Chief Human Resources officer at Delta Air Lines)

Representation is increasing for women and minorities in leadership roles. How come then, do we not see any female-headed airlines? In a recent article, Skift reported that "Only twelve out of the 248 airlines operating worldwide are currently led by women." We dissected that and asked the question: "What if a woman ran and airline?"

Designing for Women: Leading the Way in Blending Business and Leisure Travel with Mari Balestrazzi (VP of the Americas Design for Hyatt Hotels) and Rebecca Luong (Desing Principal for STYLE)

In today's business environment, the boundaries between life and work continue to converge. Female professionals, often recognized as highly efficient multi-taskers, are driving this shift by blending the intentions behind their business as well as leisure travels. Whether making the decisions on where to take their family on vacation or where to dine for their next anniversary celebration, buying power truly lies with women. It is important then, to design with a female patron in mind. What appeals to the female traveler and what are the best practices to implement?

Keynote with Anne Boysen

With a Master's degree in Strategic Foresight, Anne Boysen uses her background in market research and knowledge that the coming generations will be the shapers of tomorrow to educate institutions globally. Foresight is an invaluable gift. We were honored to have Anne present her predictions for the coming years as it pertains to women navigating corporate ladders, and what qualities tomorrow's leaders will need to possess.

BLLA’s Founder & CEO, Frances Kiradjian begins the day.

Qualities of a Lead(h)er Teri Haack (President at Terranea Resort/Destination Hotels) and Denise Korn (Principal and Owner of Korn Design)

Men and women are fundamentally different and we have different strengths. Methods that lead to male success may not be the ideal methods for women pursuing leadership roles. Our leaders discussed what works in today's professional climate for women climbing the corporate ladder.

Keynote with Carol Murray, Co-Founder of the Lifework Institute.

With 25 years of experience coaching senior executives and their teams, Carol Murray, Co-Founder of the Lifework Institute has aided thousands of professionals looking to enhance their natural leadership abilities. She joined us to share her insights on the practices most fruitful for women aiming to rise to the next level of achievement in their corporate pursuits in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.