Developing Tourism with the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation, with Penny Peters

Episode 285: Developing Tourism with the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation, with Penny Peters

Penny Peters is a member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation. She is the Manager at Akwesasne Travel. Penny has been an integral part of the establishment of Akwesasne Travel and furthering the development of the tourism industry in Akwesasne. Penny is currently working to promote Akwesasne Travel through marketing, partnerships, and awareness of indigenous culture.…

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Creating Your Authentic Brand Story, with Karley Cunningham

Episode 284: Creating Your Authentic Brand Story, with Karley Cunningham

Brand Strategist & Business Growth Accelerator Karley Cunningham takes businesses from overcrowded, competitive spaces out into blue ocean territory where they can confidently stand out and thrive as brand leaders in their sector. Companies that want to be distinct in their marketplace retain Karley to sharpen their positioning and differentiation strategies to cut through the…

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Insights into the DEI Journey, with Sophia Hyder Hock

Episode 283: Insights into the DEI Journey, with Sophia Hyder Hock

Sophia Hyder Hock is the Chief Diversity Officer for Destinations International. In this role, Sophia provides thought leadership and strategic direction for designing and implementing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) resources, tools, and services for association members and the broader tourism industry. Sophia has created sustainable social inclusion frameworks for over 20 years. Prior to…

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Empowering Women in Leadership, with Hannah DeMaio

Episode 282: Empowering Women in Leadership, with Hannah DeMaio

Hannah DeMaio is the Vice President of Brand Strategy of Women Leading Travel & Hospitality, the sister community to Women in Retail Leadership Circle. Women Leading Travel & Hospitality is a unique, members-only networking group that offers executive women in the travel and hospitality industry a place to learn, connect, and grow through an unparalleled…

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Insights from the Travel Unity Roadshow (Part Three), with Nicole Mahoney

Episode 281: Insights from the Travel Unity Roadshow (Part Three), with Nicole Mahoney

In the final episode of the Travel Unity Summit, we ask seven leaders in the travel and tourism industry to share their thoughts on how the travel industry can make an impact on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the travel and tourism space. We’re hearing so many amazing and enlightening conversations going on around us…

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Insights from the Travel Unity Roadshow (Part Two), with Nicole Mahoney

Episode 280: Insights from the Travel Unity Roadshow (Part Two), with Nicole Mahoney

In the second of our three-part series from the Travel Unity Roadshow, we ask our seven guests to share their thoughts on how the travel industry can make an impact via the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Rhonda’s conversations with all of these leaders in our industry were truly fascinating, and we’re excited to…

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Insights from the Travel Unity Roadshow (Part One), with Rhonda Carges

Episode 279: Insights from the Travel Unity Roadshow (Part One), with Rhonda Carges

In this series, we dive into the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and hear the perspectives of leaders within the travel and tourism industry. My team has taken the show on the road without me for this episode, and I’m excited that they and you are benefitting from all the great information shared…

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What Locals Love, Tourists Will Love, with Jill Ramiel

Episode 278: What Locals Love, Tourists Will Love, with Jill Ramiel

Jill Ramiel was born in Flushing, Queens, New York, and attended the State University of New York at Binghamton. While pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Washington, she met Ken Alper, a fellow East Coast native and master’s degree recipient. The couple moved to Juneau, Alaska, in 1997 and bought the historic Messerschmidt…

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How Technology Enhances the Group Travel Experience, with Bud Geissler

Episode 277: How Technology Enhances the Group Travel Experience, with Bud Geissler

Bud Geissler is the Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Group Collect. As a brand ambassador for student travel and Travel Insurance, he recently celebrated 25 years in the group travel industry. Bud served as President of the Student Youth Travel Association from 2011-2012 and was the Chair of the SYTA Youth Foundation’s…

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Driving Regional Growth Through Collaboration, with Paulette Hicks

Episode 276: Driving Regional Growth Through Collaboration, with Paulette Hicks

Paulette Hicks is an energetic, passionate, and highly driven manager. She is noted for achieving results by executing solid and focused plans. Her 27 years of experience as a successful manager within the Saint John Business Community has been recognized by her peers in receiving the President’s Award by Tourism Saint John and nationally with…

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