Who are our speakers? Getting to know these inspiring women even more Written by Erin Morawetz on March 7, 2017

From CEOs of start-up agencies to founders of non-profits — and, of course, powerful influencers and bloggers — we’ve got an absolutely stellar line up of speakers for this year’s WITS. These women have all the know-how and are ready to let you in on all their little industry secrets.

Want to get to know these speakers a bit more before the big event?

We’ve asked each of them to share with us a special accomplishment or something she is working on — as if we weren’t already impressed!


In addition to her course on successful partnerships, leading travel blogger Amanda just launched a course on affiliate marketing for travel bloggers on Travel Blog Success! You can check out the course here.


Travel blogger Ana Dominguez has written two great new posts to help attendees prep for WITS: check out her recommendations for a weekend in Milwaukee and her tips for the best carry-on luggage for travelers.


Annie is the director of public relations at a leading advertising and marketing agency, BVK. She recently secured a great placement in the New York Times for one of her clients, the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism.


In addition to being named one of 50 Outstanding Canadians by the Huffington Post in 2016, writer, performer, and digital specialist Anubha Momin is a featured speaker in The Walrus Talks National Tour celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary, along with other great Canadians including Margaret Atwood and  Clara Hughes.


Freelance writer, photographer and travel blogger, Brianne Miers, published an article on Ethical Traveler, The Perils of a Tourism Boom: Palawan’s Popularity Problem.


Founder and CEO of The Gray Matter Experience, Britney Robbins had a profile on her and her work published on Sapling.


In addition to running her 10th yoga retreat in 14 months, successful entrepreneur Brooke Roberts recently gave the keynote talk at the San Diego Lessons From Abroad Conference, and is currently launching a new online course called Retreat Rockstar for anyone who wants to create, lead, and profit from group travel experiences.


One of our keynote speakers, Danica Kombol, CEO of Everywhere Agency, has been to Beirut four times in the last five years and has traveled to Haiti — her favorite travel destination — four times since the earthquake in 2010.


Deidre Mathis was one of just 50 people in the city of Houston to be awarded a Professional and Entrepreneurial award by D-Mars Business Journal this month for her work opening up Wanderlust Houston, hostel/hotel hybrid accommodations.


A travel blogger with a passion for sustainable and eco-tourism, Emily De Sousa is walking the walk: she is currently working towards developing products from recycled ocean plastic, as well as partnering with universities study abroad offices to further focus on Geographical Information System studies and global conservation efforts.


Travel writing coach Gabi Logan has spent the last few months focusing on the launch of the Travel Magazine Database, a subscription resource that gives travel writers everything they need to know from exactly how to pitch editors of hundreds magazines looking for travel content to which sections are open to freelancers, what’s been covered in each section previously, and direct editor email addresses.


Partner and the Director of Promotions at Ale Asylum, a Madison-based regional craft brewery, Hathaway is also on the board of a non-profit called Heartland Farm Sanctuary – she’ll be zipping back up to Madison to co-host its annual Spring Gala the evening of April 22.


Jamie B. Lieberman has been a lawyer for over ten years and is a partner in Hashtag Legal, a law firm specializing in the influencer marketing industry, representing influencers, agencies and brands. She is also a partner and founder of Businessese, which offers downloadable courses, form contracts and agreements for blogs and small businesses, and she recently appeared on the BixChix podcast talking about legal mistakes to avoid in your online business.


On April 10th, Jessica Ainlay is launching The Postnomadic Podcast, which lets listeners in on raw, uncut interviews between Jess and fellow world-traveling entrepreneurs to explore how they welcome risk with open arms, and to share the system to help others ready to take the biggest risks of their lives – and reap the incredible rewards of a life lived on your own terms.


Jessica Hansen is Kiva’s Global Engagement Manager and currently leads initiatives to engage global audiences in poverty alleviation and social entrepreneurship. She’s excited to be speaking at TEDx Berkeley on April 15 in an event bringing together world-leading thinkers, makers, and doers at UC Berkeley.


Justine Abigail Yu is the Communications & Marketing Director for Operation Groundswell, a non-profit that facilitates international service learning programs. She is excited to announce that for the first time ever, Operation Groundswell will be running programs to Ecuador for an exploration of food justice. The program is all about uncovering the food revolution at its traditional roots — all while digging into sustainable urban agriculture with their partners across the country.


Katie Stanwyck is the North American Marketing & Communications Manager at TourRadar. She’s very proud to announce that TourRadar has been putting together and launching a series of Travel Guide videos. So far, TourRadar has released two videos and will continue to release one each month based on a destination to help travelers plan and learn about their dream trips.


The executive director of Travel+SocialGood, Kelley is particularly proud of the fact that thanks to an idea from one of Travel+SocialGood’s summits, the Ritz-Carlton is implementing a new Impact Experiences program into their hotels worldwide.


Native Milwaukeean Kristin Settle is the director of communications for VISIT Milwaukee. In 2014, she was named one of the “Top Reasons to Love Milwaukee” by Milwaukee Magazine, and she now has a drink named after her at her favorite Milwaukee watering hole. Want to know which bar? Come find her at the conference!!


As the founder of Women in Travel and Tourism International (WITTI) and head of Mandala Research, a leading travel and tourism research firm, Laura Mandala is focused on highlighting women in the travel industry. The annual WITTI brunch will be held in Washington DC on June 4, 2017, where the organization is presenting the Top Women in Travel Awards, saluting the achievements of outstanding women in the field, whether in hospitality, transportation or travel and tourism promotion.


As a video consultant at LLmedia.co, Lisa Lubin is proud to be continuing work with the magazine publisher, Kalmbach Publishing (Discovery Magazine, Astronomy and others) located in Waukesha, Wisconsin just outside of Milwaukee.  She is also leading #Bloghouse again this year, a 3-day, intimate workshop for travel bloggers which includes one-on-one mentoring, talks on writing, working with brands, and monetization, and more!


Liz Garibay is the founder of History On Tap, a project that explores history and culture through the lens of alcohol, and the founder of The Chicago Brewseum, a future museum dedicated to highlighting the dynamic culture and innovative history of one of the world’s most vibrant industries. Her work as a beer historian has been highlighted in the Chicago Tribune and Time Out Chicago.


Morgan Field is the CEO of the International Empowerment Brand, Epic Sexy You, now in 15 countries and counting. She is the author of Epic Sexy You: No Limits. No Rules, which has become an Amazon #1 Best-seller in the personal transformation & spirituality category.


Our weekend’s emcee, Nicolle Merrill, is currently launching The Fab Women Series — interactive workshops to help women develop power skills such as negotiation, networking, and public speaking, so they can raise their voice in their field.


One of our keynote speakers, award-winning travel blogger Oneika Raymond, is thrilled to be the new in-house travel expert for “Your Morning”, CTV Canada’s nationally broadcast breakfast television show. She will also be partnering with the German National Tourism Organization to produce a series of videos about German and Canadian culture this spring, and will be the keynote speaker at a creative entrepreneurs retreat hosted by Hey Dip Your Toes In this coming May.


A writer currently fixated on the global volunteer economy and how travel can transform communities, Pippa Biddle recently appeared on the radio program Thing Opposite hosted by Alison Donaghey to talk about volunteer travel, giving back, and how to be a more ethical and impactful traveler. You can listen to the spot here.


Creative content consultant Robin Catalano will be partnering with Nashville-based graphic designer Lisa Dunn later this spring to launch a digital “branding 101” university, to help new and young businesses align their decision making with their goals and vision, effectively market themselves through digital channels, and position them for optimal growth and long-term success.


The woman behind Adventures of Empty Nesters says she always dreamed of attending a cooking school in Italy — and now her dream has come true. She has been invited to attend TuscanWomenCook for a week in early June, where she will tour farmers markets, picturesque vineyards and work with locals who have been cooking like this for generations. In her words: “Pinch Me!”


Communications Manager for Visit OKC, Tabbi Burwell is proud to announce the Oklahoma City Council recently approved a report for a new Oklahoma City Convention Center, to be opened in 2020.


The creator of Milwaukee Food & City Tours, Theresa Nemetz is celebrating 10 years of business success in 2017! In honor of this milestone, she is offering some unique trips this year outside of Milwaukee, including a trip to Poland.


The voice behind Valerie & Valise, Valerie Stimac is also a travel writer who has contributed to Travel + Leisure, AFAR, Roads & Kingdoms, and more — and she recently became a contributing writer for Lonely Planet News!


Don’t forget — you can sign up for a mentor 1:1 session with many of these speakers.

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