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The 2011 Young Leaders Summit

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The Young Leaders Summit@The Phocuswright Conference promotes executive management development among rising stars in travel, tourism and hospitality. The Summit showcases the important role young leadership plays in the future growth of the world's largest industry.

A select group of young leaders interacts with the industry's best and brightest. Participation exposes this group to today's travel luminaries as a critical step to becoming the future leaders who will drive strategy, innovation and growth. The year long program includes organized online meetings, networking, contests and awards.

2011 Guest Speakers

Jane Butler
Managing Director, Travel
Google Inc.

Gregg Brockway
Executive Vice President and General Manager
TripIt, from Concur

Joel Cutler
Managing Director
General Catalyst Partners

Philip Wolf

2011 Class of 35

Cheryl Reynolds
Manager, Distribution
Virgin America

Steve Huffman
Co-founder and CTO
2011 Travel Innovation Summit Demonstrator and 2010 Finalist

Jeff Mills
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Alex Kremer
President and COO
2011 Travel Innovation Summit Demonstrator

Atle Skalleberg
Executive Vice President

Cara Shortsleeve
Sales Lead, New Travel Ad Products
Google Inc.

Greg Solovyev
2011 Travel Innovation Summit Demonstrator

Sarah Fazendin
Travel Marketing Worldwide

Jesse Maddox
2011 Travel Innovation Summit Demonstrator

Alex Torrenegra
Co-founder and CEO

James Harland
VP Operations
SilverRail Technologies
2010 Travel Innovation Summit Winner

Jason Beukema
Whet Travel Inc./Groove Cruise

Mujteba Naqvi
Founder and CEO
2010 Travel Innovation Summit Alum

Serge Faguet
Co-founder and CEO
2011 Travel Innovation Summit Demonstrator

Patrick Fisher
Vice President, Business Development
Sojern, Inc.

Brian Zuercher
CMO and Co-founder
FlyMuch, Inc.
2011 Travel Innovation Summit Demonstrator

Adam Sherry
Evolve Vacation Rental Network

Diego Saez-Gil
Co-Founder and CEO

Sean Carapella
Director of Engineering
Amadeus North America
2011 Travel Innovation Summit Demonstrator

Seth Forman
Senior Business Development Manager
Travelzoo Network

Sarah Clark
Vice President, Product & Marketing
STA Travel

Yury Glikin
Director of Business Development

Adam Heintz
Director of Strategy, New Business Initiatives

Rachel Bobrow
Manager of Customer Marketing

Jonathan Gray
Senior Director, North American Marketing

Ron Schneidermann
Co-founder and COO
2011 Travel Innovation Summit Demonstrator

Peter Kim
Vice President of Business Development
2011 Travel Innovation Summit Demonstrator

Thomas Villani
Senior Manager, Business Development
Avis Budget Group

Patricio Rubalcaba
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Travel and Entertainment

Erik Mitisek
Co-founder and Vice President
Next Great Place, Inc.

Josh Tolkin
World Travel Holdings

Bernhard Tschirren

Jimmy Ku
Senior Product Manager
Rearden Commerce
2011 Travel Innovation Summit Demonstrator

Gaurav Chiripal
CEO and Founder
QuadLabs Technologies

Mary Quinn Ramer
Vice President, Tourism Marketing
Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau

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