Student Conference, sponsored by Visit Fairfax

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. – Welcome

Join us for a quick welcome session, where you’ll learn how to get the most out of the 2019 VA1 Tourism Summit!

8:45 – 9:15 a.m. – What You Can Learn About the Importance of Tourism from College Parties?

Presented by:

Chris Canfield, Vice President, Partnership Marketing, Virginia Tourism Corporation

9:15 – 10:05 a.m. – Diversity, Inclusion & Tourism

Presented by:

Courtney Cacatian, Executive Director, Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (moderator)

Val Guffy, Director of Consumer Services, Virginia Tourism Corporation

Dr. Jacqueline McDowell, Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University

Katherine O’Donnell, Executive Vice President, Richmond Region Tourism

Diversity and inclusion are topics that affect the tourism industry in two important ways. First, industry professionals need to understand how diverse travelers can be made to feel more comfortable. How do we make a destination, attraction, event, hotel, or restaurant appealing to all, regardless of who they are, where they are from, or what diverse perspective they bring? And, how do we make these same places welcoming to all, regardless of what makes each visitor unique? Second, the industry needs to understand how changing demographics are impacting the workforce. As more people travel and the hospitality and tourism industry grows, these questions will continue to impact the work we do, the interactions we have, and the success of our organizations.

10:10 – 11:00 a.m. – What’s Your Plan? Establishing a Career Path in Tourism or Hospitality

Presented by:

Cathy Belcher, Senior Human Resources Manager, Glory Days Grill

Rosie Irwin, Director of Human Resources, Washington Dulles Airport Marriott

Anne Marie Maher, Director of Tourism, Prince William County

Audrey Oswald, Market Human Resources Manager, Marriott International (moderator)

As you inch closer to graduating with a degree in tourism or hospitality management, do you have an idea of where to start looking for a job? Have you explored the options for employment in the industry? Have you thought about making a plan to achieve your goals? In this session, our panel will discuss ways to research useful information, find the best job opportunities, effectively make the jump from student to employee, and achieve the top positions in the industry.


Student Sessions