Women In The Industry (WIN) Holds Networking Event At ARDA

Special Programming Also Part of Spring Convention

Women in the Industry (WIN) will hold a special networking event on Tuesday evening, March 31, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., during the American Resort Development Association’s (ARDA) annual convention at Orlando World Center Marriott. Spirit Incentives will be a primary sponsor of the event which includes an introduction of the interactive WIN web site, special door prizes, an organizational membership drive and no-host bar.  The WIN reception marks the third official get-together for the non-profit group which advocates, educates and connects women in the Vacation Ownership industry.  

Women in the Industry (WIN) come from all backgrounds. According to Cathy Backus of CSA Travel Protection and co-president of WIN, the non-profit organization works as a collective group to foster leadership and create opportunities in the hospitality and the vacation ownership industries. 

In addition to providing the networking event, WIN endorses a special day of programming at the ARDA convention. Beginning with the “Breakfast of Champions” sponsored by Hilton Grand Vacations and featuring Olympic swimmer Janet Evans on Thursday, April 2, ARDA will present a special educational session entitled: Not Just the Boys Club Anymore: Welcome to the Girls Club: How the Face of the Workplace Has Changed.  According to Lani Kane-Hanan, Senior Vice President Marriott Vacation Club International and co-president of WIN, the program is designed for women and those who work with women, providing a rare look at timesharing and vacation ownership from a female perspective with special insights provided by the top women executives who have already made their mark and paved the way for professional newcomers. In an effort to promote the session to professionals in the local Orlando area, ARDA is offering a special $75 one day pass which includes the breakfast.

Corporate Benefactors of the growing organization are: Marriott Vacation Club, Wyndham Worldwide, Group RCI, ICE, Bluegreen Corporation, Shell Vacations, C.A.R.E. and The Trades.  Patrons include Chicago Title, CSA Travel Protection and Spirit Incentives.  WIN has an advisory board which plays a key role in achieving its goals of encouraging the achievements and education of women, assisting with community and philanthropic activities and providing opportunities for networking and support.  Members of the board are Jeanne Fitzmaurice (Gal to Gal Foundation), Robert Kobek (Mobius Vendor Partners/Customer Count), Deb Linden (Island One Resorts), JoAnn Lockard (Chicago Title), Tracy Sherles (Shell Vacations) and Nancy Stone (ILX).
For more information about WIN visit the web site at www.womenintheindustry.com

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