In between our own globetrotting, the WITS ’18 planning team is already hard at work prepping for the Summit.
Along with our prep calls, program organization, and all sorts of event planning, we wanted to take a few minutes to introduce ourselves. We’d like to be as accessible as we can to this awesome community of WITS attendees and friends, and we hope that you feel comfortable coming to us with any questions or suggestions, or even just stopping by to say hi at the Summit (although we’re generally quite busy during WITS weekend, so we apologize in advance if we don’t have as much time to chat as we’d like!).
Each year we’ve relied on a large team of volunteers to make WITS run smoothly, and this year we’re lucky enough to be able to hone our strengths into a smaller, more agile team. We couldn’t be more thrilled to work together to bring you the best WITS yet. You can follow us all on Twitter here!
If you’re interested in joining our larger group of volunteers for WITS ’18, keep an eye out for our volunteer applications!
Don’t Forget: You can purchase your ticket to WITS ’18 here. We can’t wait to see you in Québec City in May!
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Marissa’s love for travel was sparked when she studied abroad, an experience that inspired her to launch her travel blog, Little Things Travel. Most recently she worked in marketing and served as an advisor in international education. Although she grew up in Chicago, Marissa is now based in Boulder, Colorado where you can usually find her skiing, hiking, or biking when she’s not traveling.
Ana Dominguez is a Travel Blogger and Blogging Coach at The City Sidewalks based in New York City. With her expertise in online marketing, she’s able to help other bloggers, creatives, and entrepreneurs grow their businesses so that they can achieve financial freedom to travel the world on their own terms.
The resident Canuck, Erin is currently based in Toronto but has previously lived in Ottawa, the U.K., France, and most recently Thailand, where she worked in online travel marketing and navigated eating Thai food with a peanut allergy. With a background in human geography and journalism, Erin loves to meet and learn from people around the globe. Her life goals include mastering the Spanish language and going wine tasting in every possible country.
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Sara is a travel enthusiast, coordinator at heart and lover of all things travel related. Based in Boston, she is lucky enough to travel within the States for work, but jumps at the chance to hop across the pond whenever possible. She went on her first 2 week solo trip to Germany and Ireland in 2014 after becoming inspired by a Wanderful-hosted event on the subject the previous year! Sara is inspired by the idea of traveling within your own city, continually seeking to find all the hidden gems that Boston has to offer. She is also a Wanderful Boston chapter co-organizer.
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Ariel is a queer writer, activist, and traveler who grew up outside New York City and lived in Boston and the southeast Netherlands before settling in Brooklyn. Her day job is running digital strategy for an LGBTQ-focused civil rights nonprofit. She also consults, eats a lot of mac & cheese, and blogs on body positivity and travel, but most often dreams of running away to Amsterdam (and is frequently a mouse-click away from booking a one-way ticket).
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Beth is the Founder and CEO of Wanderful. She created Wanderful while cruising her blue motorcycle through the streets of São Tomé and Príncipe, a small country in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea. She comes from a background in international development and community building, working on the One Laptop per Child project in São Tomé and around the Caribbean, then serving at Rotary International as a regional grants officer. She has also worked at a number of international organizations such as Voice of America and the Embassy of Portugal.
In 2014, Beth was named by the White House as one of the top 100 travel bloggers in the US and invited to the White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. In 2015, she was named a Chicago Scholars 35 Under 35 Young Leader Making an Impact. In 2016, she was selected as a prestigious Zell Fellow at the Kellogg School of Management, where she received her MBA, and was listed as one of the 50 Influential People in Tech to follow by BuiltInChicago.
Beth is originally from New Hampshire and has lived in Washington, DC; Coimbra, Portugal; Topsail Island, North Carolina; and Chicago, with briefer stints in São Tomé and Haiti. She currently lives in Boston with her husband, daughter, and three fur babies.