Will travel ever be the same? How has the Coronavirus impacted the travel industry in the short and long-term?
And, if/when the world does get back to traveling and tourism, how can we ensure it is sustainable?
Join us for this interactive online panel to hear from travel experts to learn what’s in store for traveling post COVID-19 and how all travel can (and must) become more sustainable by ensuring trips have a low environmental impact, benefit local economies, and safeguard cultural heritages.
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Founder & Executive Director, Impact Travel Alliance
A travel entrepreneur passionate about storytelling and sustainability, Kelley is the founder of Impact Travel Alliance, a nonprofit and community aimed at teaching travelers how to spend their money mindfully so that they have a positive impact on local communities and the environment. She also runs Elsewhere Agency, a boutique creative agency for clients in the travel/impact space.
Kelley has built her career through carefully selected opportunities in the United States and abroad, including leadership roles in entrepreneurial endeavors, social impact projects, and media strategy. A content creator herself, Kelley is an avid photographer and writer. Kelley is a passionate connector, and has an innate ability to build loyal and diverse communities. Kelley has a bachelor’s degree in Media & Culture from The New School. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.
Chief Customer Officer, Intrepid Travel
Following a tenure as Regional Director of North America for Intrepid, in 2018 Leigh Barnes was appointed to the role of Chief Purpose Officer to jumpstart the company’s continued focus on sustained growth of Intrepid’s purpose-led initiatives, during which time he worked closely with The Intrepid Foundation and external partners to create more shared value projects and operate a business with a purpose beyond profit.
In late 2019, Barnes moved into the new role of Chief Customer Officer, responsible for customer experience, digital, brand, as well as advocacy on issues that are important to Intrepid’s customers, communities, and workers.
Chief Impact Officer, Tourism Cares
For more than fifteen years Paula has worked at the intersection of tourism and sustainability. Paula serves as the Chief Impact Officer of Tourism Cares, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the positive social and environmental impact of the travel industry.
Prior to Tourism Cares, Paula was the Executive Director of the Planeterra Foundation, the nonprofit foundation of the global travel company G Adventures, where she incubated social enterprises supporting women, youth, and indigenous communities into the tourism supply chain. Paula’s sustainability work includes leading a large-scale national Food for the Parks initiative at the Institute at the Golden Gate, a program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. That effort resulted in a national policy change to more sustainable practices in our nation’s parks, and an official endorsement by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Council on Environmental Equality.
Paula has traveled to over 75 countries on all 7 continents, and is an international speaker on sustainable tourism.
VP Publisher, AFAR Media
Bryan’s career in digital media, marketing and advertising spans over 15 years working on some of the world’s most influential travel brands. Before being promoted to the Publisher role at AFAR in January 2016, Bryan served as the Associate Publisher for 3 years where he oversaw the company’s business strategy including global sales, marketing, production, media solutions and content operations.
Prior to joining AFAR, Bryan was the Travel Director at National Geographic, senior sales director at the New Yorker, and most recently had served as the Associate Publisher at Outside Magazine.
Bryan is active in many philanthropic initiatives with organizations involved with water conservation and sustainability and conservation. He has served on several boards including the Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa, Benefit Committee of the Africa Foundation and GreenTeam USA.
Bryan is a graduate of Union College and resides in Hastings-on-the-Hudson with his wife and 10-year-old son.
Director of Sustainability, AWAY
Katina is the Director of Sustainability at Away, a travel brand built for the modern traveler. Away prides itself on creating suitcases and travel accessories that are thoughtfully designed and built to last — luggage so good, you’ll never need (or want) to replace it.
Katina leads the company’s overall sustainability strategy, primarily working with external suppliers and internal supply chain and product teams to implement sustainable sourcing initiatives focused on human rights and environmental impacts. Together with her counterparts, she works to reduce the environmental impact of Away’s products throughout the entire value chain — from raw materials sourcing to end-of-use recycling initiatives.
With an extensive background in environmental science and sustainability, both in the public and private sectors, Katina hopes to bring scientific inquiry into the work of supply chain, design, and development teams. She is most interested in contributing social and environmental (as well as financial) value to product supply chains. Katina holds a M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.A. in Environmental Science from Hunter College.
Marcos Salazar - Moderator
CEO & Co-Founder, Be Social Change
Marcos Salazar (@marcossalazar) is a serial social entrepreneur, career coach, speaker, and community-builder. Marcos has worked in research and leadership development at the American Psychological Association, Girl Scouts, and the White House Project (promoting women to run for office). He is also the founder of two t-shirt companies, a number of social impact blogs, and the author of two books.
Through Be Social Change, Marcos taps into his entrepreneur’s creativity and social good inspiration to help people find and do meaningful work and lead more sustainable lifestyles. Marcos earned a degree from Amherst College and a Masters in Organizational Management and an Executive Leadership Coaching certificate from The George Washington University. You can learn more about him at www.marcossalazar.com.