by Loren G. Edelstein | October 11, 2018
The Global Business Travel Association announced the formation of the GBTA Women's Leadership Advisory Board. The 17-member committee will provide strategic guidance and direction for the future of WINiT, the career-development network for women in the meetings and travel industries that GBTA recently acquired.

 "GBTA is committed to driving positive change for women's career development," said Christle Johnson, GBTA president, who was named among M&C's Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry. "We are proud to have this remarkable group of travel industry leaders standing with us to help advance WINiT's mission globally." 

"This Board brings together many years of collective industry experience along with a firm commitment to addressing the career-development needs of women at all levels," said Dorothy Dowling, GBTA board member and chair of the WINiT Strategic Advisory Board. "I am honored to stand with these industry leaders to play a role in helping drive positive change for women in our industry."

Following are the members of the WINiT advisory board:

Chair - Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president and CMO, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Vice Chair - Michelle "Mick" Lee, founder, WINiT; managing director, Arrow 212
Delores Alexander, vice president, indirect supply chain, Boeing
Jodi Allen, executive vice president and CMO, Hertz
Michele Bryant, global chief procurement officer, Deloitte
Amanda Cecil, Ph.D., CMP, senior vice president, professional development and research, GBTA
Mary Ellen George, head of North America, Tramada Systems
Christle Johnson, vice president, travel and business services, Johnson Downie LLC; president, GBTA
Beth Kinerk, senior vice president, Avis Budget Group
Melissa Maher, senior vice president, Global Partner Group, Expedia Inc.
Michael W. McCormick, executive director and COO, GBTA
Traci Mercer, executive vice president and CMO, Sabre Travel Network
Malaika Myers, chief human resources officer, Hyatt Hotels Corp.
Becca Rabinowitz, strategic initiatives manager, SpotHero
Dawn Repoli, vice president, program development, GBTA's WINiT Business Unit
Kristen Shovlin, vice president, sales operations and development, Delta Airlines
Scott Solombrino, president, Allied Leadership Council, Global Business Travel Association