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. 

Abigail Estevez, Spear Travel Group

Ajeet Anand, Pacific Hospitality

Alicia Jones, VRBO

Angela Lasky, Priceline/Agoda

Anna Jimenez, Ocean Hotels

Caitlan Etchevers, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

Cheryl Pineo

Christine Chang, Duetto

Crystal Pernici, IDEAS

Diane Van Leunen, Flip.to

Elyssa Martinez, Universal Orlando Resort 

Esther Yi, Hunter Hotels Conference

Faye Granegger

Hylenne Beato

Jene Stewart

Jesica Robbins, Expedia Group

Juliette Howland, VRBO

Kari Obernesser, Expedia Group

Kerry Dunne, Sojern

Kimberly Saren, ResortPass

Kirsty Murphy Hughes, daa

Lalia Rach, Rach Enterprises

Laura Calin, Oracle Hospitality

Laura Cejas

Laura DeAngelis, ALICE

Lorena Garcia

Marisa Moneta

Mary Wyse, ARI

Monica Rodino, Flip.to

Nicole Allen, Expedia Group

Patricia Mendez

Saloni Shah, Expedia Group

Samantha Parker, Universal Orlando Resort

Scott Weiss, Expedia Group

Tiziana Floruss, TravelPerk

Zemelis Samuel, Expedia Group