New tourism elite mastermind leadership program led by women for women 

Industry Leader, Casey Hanisko joins Women Travel Leaders as a Senior Mastermind Facilitator 

SEATTLE – Women Travel Leaders (WTL), is thoughtfully emerging as a global leader within the tourism industry, specifically dedicated to women professionals. The membership-based organization provides a safe harbour for female business owners and leaders in need of community, connection and growth in the ever-changing tourism industry.

WTL facilitates safe spaces for members to connect, learn and grow together. The association operates various programs and forums that include private coaching, facilitated Masterminds, peer-to-peer mentor circles, intimate business focused sessions and WTL expert-let calls around sales, marketing and technology. Engaged community members also gather in person at select industry events (and the soon-to-be-announced WTM annual leadership retreat.)

In response to WTL’s members’ needs and growing industry demands, the association is expanding its rich programming with the launch of a handful of Elite Masterminds designed to create a space for solving business challenges while also creating a community of sharing and accountability. Masterminds strategically place travel business owners together with other high performing owners with similar business goals.

The innovative program is spearheaded by esteemed tourism industry leader, Casey Hanisko, a Senior Mastermind facilitator, former President of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and certified Business Coach and trained in Dare to Lead and Leading People Program.

“We are delighted to welcome respected travel industry leader Casey Hanisko home to the WTL family. Casey’s deep wisdom and experience in the travel industry alongside her experience as a business coach makes her the perfect WTL partner and is a boon for our community”, said Jennine Cohen, WTL’s Co-founder. “We’re thrilled by our membership response. The first of the Mastermind groups is already sold out with a new group forming for November with several spaces already taken”, added Jennine.

The exclusive 9-month Mastermind is tailored for high-performing women leaders and influential business owners with revenues over 1 million. The bar for participation is set high – candidates are closely vetted and must demonstrate a track record for success, solid industry and leadership experience, and willingness to engage and contribute within the trusted WTL community and fellow Elite Mastermind participants.

“Over the last ten years, it has been my priority to raise the visibility of women leaders in travel. Now, as a coach and consultant, it is my pleasure to facilitate WTL’s Elite Mastermind. It will be an amazing opportunity to curate and nurture a tight-knit group of women who have an invaluable opportunity to become each other’s sounding board and resource center for expertise and inspiration”, says Casey Hanisko. As an executive, leader, manager, mother, sister, daughter, and business owner, Ms. Hanisko has had to navigate many of the same roles as other women within the WTL community.

Who can apply? The comprehensive program is tailored for accomplished women business owners – Mastermind groups participants will be matched, in groups with similar revenue ranges, team sizes, and challenges. Mastermind participants seek fresh perspectives, and new opportunities and want to explore solutions to overcome challenges within the ever-changing travel industry.
What can participants anticipate in monthly sessions? In each session, 6-8 hand selected and vetted participants engage in facilitated group discussions revolving around pressing business challenges and opportunities. They brainstorm and explore effective strategic planning tools, harness marketing best practices and share invaluable industry resources. The Elite Mastermind serves as a catalyst to develop strong leadership skills and practices. The program enhances leaders’ capacity to collaborate with an active and caring WTL community of dynamic and purpose-driven women and Elite Mastermind fellows.
What is the participation fee and what is included? The monthly meeting fee is $195 USD (based on a minimum 9-month commitment). Each meeting is 75 minutes. It also includes – facilitator’s summary meeting notes and actionable items, on-going support, goal setting and accountability via WhatsApp group with team members, in addition to a 50% saving for the Annual WTL Community Membership Fee for new members.
When is the application deadline for the Elite Mastermind Group?  The inaugural group has filled; a second group is now open and is scheduled to begin in November of 2023.

“WTL is one of the best investments that I made in my travel business. It´s a supportive environment where I can show up vulnerably in the community with other top performing leaders to be supported. It´s created incredibly valuable connections for me that have helped my business to thrive,” says Mariyana Castleberry, Yolo Dream Adventure Travel.

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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