Connect Sports Women in Sports Tourism Forum

Virginia Beach, Virginia Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront

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This three day event will take place in Virginia Beach, Virginia November 9-11, 2020. Connect's Women in Sports Tourism Forum provides the perfect blend of education and quality networking, while focusing on the importance of women's advancement in sports tourism.

Bringing together women in leadership positions in the sports tourism world to learn, grow and expand their opportunities for advancement while joining experts to create positive change in the industry.

2020 Agenda

Subject to change


Wednesday, Nov. 11

Optional Tours of the Sports Center

Get To Know You Activity

Group Dinner

Thursday, Nov. 12

Beach Workout

Breakfast and Session With Tianna Tye: "Deepening Your Personal Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion"

Interactive Leadership Activities With Amber Shelton

Lunch and Session With Stephanie Davis Smith

Courtney Stanley Session: "Shaken, Not Stirred: Transforming a Setback Into Your Greatest Comeback"

Interactive Leadership Activities

Happy Hour Wrap Up Reception

Friday, Nov. 13

Beach Workout

Closing Breakfast Session

2020 Location

Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront
4201 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront resort is located just off the north end of the famous Virginia Beach boardwalk and is a part of The Cavalier Resort. Enjoy exceptional amenities including adjacent indoor/outdoor swimming pools, a large fitness center and spacious landscaped grounds with bocce ball, fire pits and terraces. Treat yourself to the rooftop wok station and sushi bar at Orion's Roof, or dine on locally sourced fresh seafood at Tulu Seaside Bar & Grill. With over 25,000 sq. ft. of event space, including the largest ballroom in Virginia Beach, our premier oceanfront Virginia Beach resort is ideal for meetings and retreats.

Women in Sports Tourism Forum 2020 Hotel Reservation Portal

2020 Keynotes

  • Tianna Tye
    Tianna Tye
  • Courtney Stanley
    Courtney Stanley
  • Stephanie Davis Smith
    Stephanie Davis Smith
  • Amber Shelton
    Amber Shelton

2020 Sessions

Subject to change


Thursday, Nov. 12

| Breakfast General Session

"Rooted: Deepening Your Personal Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion"

| General Session

"Shaken, Not Stirred: Transforming a Setback Into Your Greatest Comeback"