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The Young Leaders Summit@The Phocuswright Conference promotes executive management development among rising stars in travel, tourism and hospitality.

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Young Leaders in Travel Unite!

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 yearlong program includes organized online meetings, networking, contests and awards.


General 2015 Program


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Room 214, Second Floor, Diplomat
The Class of 35 convenes for the first time. Get to know your fellow stars during an interactive session Monday morning. This is the day before the conference begins.

Speakers:
Chetan Kapoor, Research Analyst, Asia Pacific, Phocuswright
Jen O'Neal, Founder & CEO, Tripping

8:00 pm - late
Sponsored Evening Cocktail Reception
Location: Crystal Room, Lobby Level, Diplomat
Network with the rest of the class, and meet with the Class of 35 alumni. Discover their tips and secrets for a successful Young Leaders Summit. Interact with Phocuswright staff and start your conference planning.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
The Young Leaders Summit Lunch
Location: Room 214, Second Floor, Diplomat
Take a break from The Travel Innovation Summit, and enjoy lunch with your fellow Class of 35 members. Industry leaders will join the group and share their experiences as they climbed the so-called corporate ladder.

Guest Speakers:
Dean Forbes, CEO, KDS
Brad Gerstner, Founder & CEO, Altimeter Capital
Ellen Keszler, President & CEO, Clear Sky Associates

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Young Leaders Summit Happy Hour
Location: Rivals Sports Grill, Diplomat Landing
Cocktails are served! Take a break from business (or not) and enjoy a few drinks with your newfound friends from across the industry, as well as a fireside chat with the founder of Phocuswright, Philip Wolf..

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Young Leaders Summit Wrap Up Lunch
Location: Grand Ballroom, Second Floor, Convention Center
Meet at the Class of 35 lunch table to discuss the event, plans for the year and give us your feedback.

Meet the Class of 2015



The 2014 Class of 35



The 2013 Class of 35