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Inaugural Conference Led by Women in Tourism & Hospitality to Promote Diversity & Inclusion

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SAN DIEGO—Women in Tourism & Hospitality (W.I.T.H.) will host its inaugural conference March 19 through 20, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego-Mission Valley. The W.I.T.H. program recognizes and supports the contributions of women professionals who are significantly impacting tourism and hospitality in the San Diego metro area. W.I.T.H. will bring together corporations, tourism executives, industry insiders, elected officials, entrepreneurs, educators, and students for one full day of motivation, education and networking.

“The W.I.T.H Conference is designed to provide strategies and empowerment for women in the hospitality industry to take control of their business, go after what they want, and build a culture of inclusion, diversity and community,” said Clara Carter, founder of  W.I.T.H. and the Multi-Cultural Convention Services Network.

Opening Keynote speaker, Caroline Beteta, President and CEO of Visit California, will offer insights on her career and how she provides strategic direction for a $131 million global program created to market California as a premier travel destination.

Words of Inspiration

Closing keynote speaker, Hattie Hill is a Global Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Equity Pioneer, President and CEO at T.D. Jakes Foundation and immediate past President and CEO of the Women’s Foodservice Forum. She will relate inspiring stories about advocating for and equipping women leaders with competencies and a mindset to advance their careers.

In addition to these keynote speakers, conference attendees can look forward to a welcome reception, networking breakfast, four concurrent learn and grow workshops led by top industry personnel covering relevant “hot topics” for personal and professional growth, an exhibitor marketplace, the 5th Annual W.I.T.H. Awards Luncheon and a celebration party.

At the 5th Annual W.I.T.H. Awards Luncheon, newly announced honorees, all women industry leaders, will participate in a moderated candid panel discussion about their journey to the top, their vision for the future and tips on what it takes to get there. Conference attendees can also bid on silent auction items and funds raised will assist the W.I.T.H. Scholarship Program.

Tickets to the conference are $439 and will rise to $489 after February 28, 2020. Student pricing starts at $249 and will be $299 after February 28, 2020.

For more information, visit www.sdwithit.com.

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