2021 Membership Summit

Thank you for an inspiring 2021 Summit! See you next year!

The 2021 Membership Summit examined the evolving role and impact of the destination organization membership professional in the community.

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2021 Agenda

Schedule subject to change.
Welcome to the Summit
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM ET
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Join us for an exclusive partner interview about the future of membership in a post-COVID world. Join us on the virtual platform to join the discussion with MMGY Global.
Opening Remarks
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
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Destinations International President & CEO Don Welsh welcomes you to this year's Membership Summit.

Presented by: Tempest
Don Welsh headshot Don Welsh
President & CEO
Destinations International
Turn Your Department into a Workforce Development Champion
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM ET
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As we begin to see many destinations fully reopened this summer, along with a renewed sense of traveler confidence to destinations across the country, destination organizations must help their communities recover to ensure visitor satisfaction. However, many communities seem to be struggling with talent acquisition and retention. This intimate fireside chat with Visit Salt Lake will showcase how they have come to the aide of their partners and their community in the area of workforce development to bring new talent to their destination.

Presented by: Tripadvisor
Andreas Weissenborn headshot Andreas Weissenborn
Vice President of Research & Advocacy
Destinations International
Judy Cullen headshot Judy Cullen
VP, Community and Partner Development
Visit Salt Lake
Incorporating Podcasts into the Mix
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Podcasts are a growing medium that are shifting the way media and information are consumed. They are also a great way to engage stakeholders and become a community shared value, as listeners can be residents, stakeholders and visitors. Hear from several destination organizations who have successfully incorporated podcasts into their marketing efforts and their membership benefits.

Presented by: Miles Partnership
Adam Stoker headshot Adam Stoker
President & CEO
Relic
Aileen Ramos headshot Aileen Ramos, CGMP, CTE, TDM
Director
Laredo CVB
Robb Wells headshot Robb Wells
President & CEO
Visit Beaufort
Take Carra Wellness Break
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM ET
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Take a few moments to stretch and watch a wellness video provided by our friends at SearchWide Global.

Presented by: SearchWide Global
Shirtsleeves Discussions & Live Report Out
2:45 PM - 3:40 PM ET
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Convene virtually in a Zoom room to for a facilitated discussion of pressing membership and partnership issues. Following the Zoom discussions, we will join together for a moderated report-out of key shirtsleeves takeaways live from the main stage.

Presented by: Clarity of Place
A Conversation With Jack Johnson
3:40 PM - 3:50 PM ET
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Destinations International Chief Advocacy Officer Jack Johnson will join us for a short conversation about the future of membership and how the community shared value can drive local activations in the next normal.
Jack Johnson headshot Jack Johnson
Chief Advocacy Officer
Destinations International
A Conversation with Joanne Molinaro
4:05 PM - 4:45 PM ET
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Joanne began her blog in 2016 as a personal motivational tool to "veganize" her favorite Korean recipes in an attempt to maintain a connection to her family and culture. The following year, Molinaro expanded the objective of her social media platforms to add a more urgent component: sharing the immigrant story.

Join us at this year's summit for a conversation about Joanne's incredible story about how she utilizes her platforms to provide insight into the immigrant experience in the United States, with the hope of developing empathy and compassion, and to begin an ongoing dialogue rooted in civility and a common denominator: the love of food.

Presented by: Simpleview
Joanne Molinaro headshot Joanne Molinaro
"The Korean Vegan"
Attorney, Chef, Blogger & Influencer
2021 Recordings

Registered attendees now have access to the session recordings from the July 2021 virtual summit. Please use your Destinations International member login to access the recordings.

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