The WITS team is so fortunate to be surrounded by and included in the lives and businesses of so many incredible women. We are thankful to have every one of our attendees choose to attend WITS each year, and infinitely grateful to the women who give of their time and expertise to lead thought-provoking, powerful sessions year after year.

Jodi Ettenberg is one of those people. 

Since Jodi came on board as a WITS ‘18 keynote speaker last fall, she has been an integral part of the WITS family, providing endless support and ongoing promotion for our event.

We are saddened to let you all know that due to ongoing health complications, Jodi will no longer be able to attend WITS ‘18 as one of our keynote speakers.

Jodi also wanted to be able to address the WITS community personally, and we’re honored to share her message with you below.

Jodi Ettenberg, keynote speaker at WITS '18

Click to hear Jodi address the WITS community.

Hello WITS attendees,

I was very much looking forward to presenting a keynote at this year’s summit, and excited to share an inspiring message to a group of strong, ambitious travelers. Sadly, as some of you know, my travels and career have been on hold since August. A botched medical procedure, followed by a series of “can’t believe it” events led to six months of bedrest and surgeries.

I am working very hard on getting my health back, and am eternally grateful for the travel community’s overwhelming support and love during this time. I’m also reaping the rewards of an unconventional business: able to take time and rest while the more passive parts of my business like my shop run itself.

I wish I could be presenting to the room at WITS ’18, in my home province of Quebec. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful (or, shall I say, Wanderful) and energizing time, learn a lot, and make new friends.

A big thank you to Marissa Sutera and the Wanderful team for the opportunity to speak at the Women in Travel Summit. I hope to be able to present at a future conference.

 

We wish Jodi all the best on her road to recovery. Jodi is and will continue to be a strong pillar in the WITS community, and we look forward to having her involved in future WITS conferences.

They say it is at a time of need when you see the true strength of a community, and I know the entire WITS community will continue to rally behind Jodi. (If you want to lend a hand in a tangible way, please check out her shop!)

 

Announcing our closing keynote panel:

#Metoo, #Timesup, What’s Next? How Travel Influencers Can Lead the Global Sexual Harassment & Assault Conversation

We have also been witness to some incredible support from women in our community to step up and help us fill the enormous hole left by Jodi. Of course, no one can replace her, but we are absolutely thrilled to announce our new closing keynote.

Our society is at such a pivotal moment for women, as stories of sexual misconduct and assault, particularly in the workplace, have dominated the news cycle. These stories continue every day. Stories that don’t make the front page. And they are from every industry, including our own.

The endlessly smart and perceptive women joining our panel each have their own story. They come from different backgrounds. They attack this issue in different ways. They are all affected. We are all affected.

Forming this panel are the following inspiring women: 

Oneika Raymond

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Media personality and travel journalist Oneika Raymond is the host of two Travel Channel series (“Big City, Little Budget” and “One Bag and You’re Out”) and is a travel expert on CTV Canada’s  “Your Morning”. Oneika’s also the voice behind “Oneika the Traveller,” an award-winning travel blog dedicated to inspiring women and people of color to see the world. She’s written for and been profiled by publications including the BBC, Condé Nast Traveler, The Wall Street Journal, and more.
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Hannah Logan

Hannah Logan

Hannah Logan is a Canadian travel writer and blogger who has written for Fodor’s Travel, World Nomads, Livestrong, Good Housekeeping, Intrepid Travel, Hostelworld, and more. She secretly aspires to be just like Indiana Jones and her adventures to date have taken her to 45 countries across 4 continents. You can keep up with her (mis)adventures on her travel blog, Eat Sleep Breathe Travel, where she shares her stories and tips as a female traveller.
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Justine Abigail Yu

Justine Abigail Yu is the Communications and Marketing Director for Operation Groundswell, a non-profit organization that facilitates international service learning programs and has worked with organizations operating in North America, Central America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia. She also recently launched Living Hyphen, an intimate journal that explores the experiences of hyphenated Canadians and examines what it means to be part of a diaspora.
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Ariel Goldberg, moderator

Ariel Goldberg

Ariel Goldberg is a queer, mixed-race writer, activist, survivor, traveler, consultant, and sometimes-poet. She is the Creative Director for WITS and the Deputy Digital Director for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest legal organization serving LGBTQ people and people living with HIV in the United States Previously a content strategist with Federated Media Publishing and Wanderful’s editorial director, she has worked, edited, and traveled across the globe. 
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Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our new keynote panelists. We know this will be a challenging, thought-provoking, and emotional panel, but we have so much confidence in the women leading this conversation to use it for social good, both within the WITS community and in the greater travel space. 

 

Click to tweet: Looking forward to hearing @oneikatraveller, @justineabigail, @Hannahlogan21 & @arielpoems on the #WITS18 closing keynote panel: #Metoo, #Timesup, What’s Next? How Travel Influencers Can Lead the Global Sexual Harassment & Assault Conversation. Learn more:  https://bit.ly/2GtNd79