Event Details


9:30: Doors Open

10- 10:15: Intro + Welcome

With Kelly Lewis, founder of the Women’s Travel Fest

10:15-11 a.m. Women are the Future of Travel

Though women have always been the target demographic of magazines, those magazines have almost exclusively been run by men. Not anymore. With a new women’s travel publication on the market, and more tours being created by and for women, new opportunities abound. Join us for this exciting panel that explores the ways in which the travel industry is pivoting to be more inclusive of women–and which brands you should be following, asap.

11:15- 12 p.m. How to Travel with a Full-Time Job

Working 9-5 but dreaming about a life full of adventure? It doesn’t have to be one or the other. There are a ton of ways to travel while still working a full-time job, and this segment will discuss your options.

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. My Path to Photographer of the Year

Award-winning author and photographer Lola Akinmade Åkerström explores culture through food, tradition, and lifestyle for high profile publications and partnerships such as National Geographic Traveler, BBC, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, Mercedes-Benz, amongst others. She is the author of two books – the award-winning Due North & bestselling LAGOM: Swedish Secret of Living Well. LAGOM is available in 17 foreign language editions around the world.  

She is the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award recipient and her photography is represented by National Geographic Image Collection.  She was recently honored with a MIPAD 100 (Most Influential People of African Descent) Award within media and culture.   

1:15-2:30: Lunch

2:30-3:15: Mickela Mallozzi: From Online to TV: How I Became a Host

Mickela Mallozzi is the host of PBS Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, which has won several NY- Emmy awards in its three seasons. But before she ever made it on TV, Mickela was a girl with a dream and a hand-held camera. Hear her inspirational story of mistakes, successes, and never giving up.

3:30- 4:15 p.m. What We Learned On the Border

Claire and Tenny are two women who decided to do something other people thought was “crazy”–walk the length of the US/ Mexico border. In doing so, they became the first people to ever complete this task. And what they learned along the way, about humanity, stereotypes and misperceptions, had led to life-changing lessons.

4:30 – 5:15 p.m. We Travel Too: Navigating the Intersections of Travel as Fat, LGBT+ and People of Color

Travel is for everyone. So why is it only some of us are represented? Here, we’ll talk about how we view “who” travel is for, and meet three inspirational women who are making change in the industry.

— Dinner (on your own) —

8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Party at Gia Speakeasy at Hotel on Rivington

Continue networking after an inspirational and informative day! Grab some dinner after the conference on your own (the party won’t have food), and then meet us at Gia, a chic Lower East Side speakeasy with a Shanghai theme, for a cocktail or two on us.


8:30 a.m. Doors open

8:45 a.m. Intro + Welcome to Day 2
with Kelly Lewis

9:00-9:45 a.m. Perfecting Your Pitch: How to Win Money For Your Big Idea

With Deidre Mathis

You’ve got a huge idea–awesome! Now how do you find the money to bring it to life? In this informational talk, Deidre Mathis will share her story of how she successfully raised $28k in pitch competitions to help launch her dream of opening Wanderstay Hostel, in Houston, Texas. Deidre is now the first black woman in the United States to own a hostel.

10:00-10:45 a.m  Financial Independence: How to Maximize Your Savings to Travel Further + Longer

With Uyen Luong

It’s a subject women get funny around: money. But making sure you’re financially independent and secure is paramount to living a life of travel. In this informative talk, learn the things smart women do to prepare for rainy days, save up to travel more, and ensure their safety abroad.

10:00- 10:45 a.m How to Travel Carry-On Only

The airline industry is constantly changing the rules when it comes to luggage. Learn how to maximize luggage restrictions in your favor in this fun and informational segment on which pieces to take, how to pack efficiently and never pay to check a bag again.

11:00 a.m. -11:45 a.m. Find a fresh angle (travel writing)

11:00-11:45 a.m. How to Start Leading Tours

With Jessie Festa

Want to turn your passion for travel into a business? The truth is, you don’t have to go far to create the business of your dreams while serving a global audience. In this session, Jessie shares how she built a tour company from scratch, including important pre-launch considerations, mistakes to avoid and how to scale.

12-1 pm Lunch

You came to New York for a travel event–so travel! Take your chance to check out the neighborhood and grab a bite on our hour-long lunch break.

1:15-2:00 p.m. Building a 6-Figure Travel Business
with Alyssa Ramos

What does it take to succeed in the travel industry? Knowing she didn’t want to work in an office, Alyssa Ramos set out to live a life of travel. With a dream and unwavering determination, she’s turned seeing the world into a full-time business, with several streams of income. Here’s how she did it.

1:15-2:00 pm Food Writing Isn’t About Food

With Kae Lani

Food travel has become a hot topic in the past few years, and as readers explore what to eat when they travel, publications have become hungry for more culinary focused stories.  But the meatier story isn’t about what’s on the plate — it’s how what’s on the plate got there. Make your food story stand out by learning what kinds of questions to ask and angles to explore along with tips and tricks that will give your article more depth.   

2:15-3pm How to Get Upgrades

Upgrade your travels, upgrade your life. Learn how to land upgrades on flights and hotels, maximize benefits for free and reward travel, and upgrade your travels. Because ain’t nobody got time for economy class.

2:15- 3 p.m. TBA

3:15 p.m. Closing Keynote: TBA