Women in Travel Thrive is an initiative founded by a group of women in the travel industry to help reduce the impact that COVID-19 has on women’s career progression. Our primary goal is to make connections and open doors for women across the hospitality industry through unique and engaging network events. The inaugural Day of Impact took place in January 2021.  On this day, more than 500 women across the travel and tourism industry participated in mentor/mentee sessions to learn from one another and create lasting connections that thrive. Our next Day of Impact event will take place in June of 2021.

WINiT by GBTA recently named industry leaders who are driving positive change for women in business travel, including THRIVE founder, Silvia Camarota and THRIVE Executive Sponsor, Melissa Maher.  Learn More.

meet the board

Ali Thompson


Expedia Group

Becca glenn

Director, Partner Success


Claudia Infante

VP, Revenue Strategy


Heidi Bodalia

Area Manager

Expedia Group

Isha gulati

Manager, Inclusion & Diversity

Expedia Group

Jennifer hill

VP, Client Solutions

Kalibri Labs

Kate Lochridge

Sr. Manager, Resorts Marketing

Universal Orlando Resorts

Megan paquin

Vice President

Poston Communications

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Melanie moeller


Moeller Consulting

Melissa maher

Senior Vice President

Expedia Group

Melissa navarro

Sales Programs Manager

Tableau, a Salesforce company

Mercedes Blanco

VP Sales, Americas

BCV Rategain

Noreen henry

Chief Revenue Officer


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Patricia Filadelfo

Sr. Sales Manager

Seminole Hard Rock

Shannyn Jones

Area Manager

Expedia Group

Silvia Camarota

Senior Director

Expedia Group

Stella Quintero

Instructor, Hospitality

Florida Atlantic University

Tara Colpitts

Senior Director

Expedia Group

meet the thrive hive

THRIVE is brought to life by a passionate, dedicated group of people who are paying it forward to fight the regressive impacts of COVID-19 on the equity in the travel industry.  Meet them below. 

Mercedes Blanco, The Hotels Network

Heidi Bodalia, Expedia Group

Nicole Brownell, Paradise ADV

Laura Calin, Oracle Hospitality

Silvia Camarota, Expedia Group

Heather Carnes, AAHOA

Ligia Centurion, REEF TECHNOLOGY

Laura Cejas, Dynamic Yield

Kris Corum, Expedia Group

Laura DeAngelis, ALICE

Abigail Estevez, Spear Travel Group

Patricia Filadelfo, Seminole Hard Rock

Tizianna Floruss, TravelPerk

Maile Floyd, Muy’Ono Resorts

Nikoletta Fotiadis, Kimpton Hotels

Lorena Garcia

Samantha Gedihovich, Flip.to

Becca Glenn, VRBO, Expedia Group

Michael Goldrich, Hotels Network/The

Katelin Hancock, Mills House/The

Jessica Hayes, Tambourine

Noreen Henry, Sojern

Natalie Hernandez, Expedia Group

Jennifer Hill, Kalibri Labs

Rachel Humphrey

Janet Jaiswal, Cloudbeds

Shannyn Jones, Airbnb

Lauren Karoutas

Lori Kiel, Kessler Collection

Angela Lasky, Priceline/Agoda, Orlando FL

Kate Lochridge, Universal Orlando Hotels

Mirela Longoni, First Hospitality

Melissa Maher, Expedia Group

Michelle Mahoney, HBO (WarnerMedia)

Elyssa Martinez, Universal Orlando Resort

Jacinda McLaughlin, Expedia Group

Marisa Moneta, OPEN FOR WORK

Lelia Morgan, Amerail Systems Inc

Kirsty Murphy Hughes, daa

Cheryl Pineo, Cheryl Pineo Consulting

Paula Pryor

Andrea Rincon, Expedia Group

Monica Rodino

Lindsey Ross, Journera

Stephanie Saik, LORE Group

Zemelis Samuel, Expedia Group

Lacey Schollenberger, 21c Museum Hotel

Saloni Shah, Expedia Group

Katherine Solomon

Jade Sparks, Merlin Entertainments
(Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium)

Rashi Srivastava

Jene’ Stewart

Fiona Taylor, TBO Holidays

Ali Thompson, Expedia Group

Lori Timony

Scott Weiss, Expedia Group

Esther Yi, Hunter Hotel Advisors – Hunter Hotel Investment Conference