Connect Sports Women in Sports Tourism Forum

Virginia Beach, Virginia Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Join the Movement

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.

2019 Agenda (2020 Coming Soon)

Subject to change


Monday, Nov. 4

"Guac-Off" Off-Site Activity

Omni Tucson National Resort will host our Guac-Off for Women in Sports Tourism. We will divide into teams to create that perfect guacamole all while sipping on yummy margaritas. This interactive event challenges participants to prepare their own take on guacamole utilizing a variety of fresh ingredients to later be judged by a discerning panel of experts on the basis of taste, presentation, creativity and teamwork! Teams will be given all they need to create that award winning guacamole with surprise ingredients provided by Visit Mesa, Visit Tempe and Visit Tucson.

Happy Hour With Kickoff Keynote—Jean Fedigan, Executive Director of Sister Jose Women’s Center

Welcome Dinner

Champagne and Dessert Lounge
Sponsored by Florida Sport Foundation

Tuesday, Nov. 5

"Up and At It" Morning Activity—Yoga

Networking Breakfast

General Session: "Brave Your Fear"—Presented by Crista Samaras

Interactive Team Building

Lunch and Keynote: "Facing the Fear of Success"—Presented by Kelsey Dixon
Sponsored by Visit Tucson

Session: "The 5-Step Game Plan to Get the Promotion and Pay Raise You Deserve"—Presented by Heather Mills

Round-Table Discussions

Interactive Teambuilding Activity

Cocktails and Conversation

Wednesdat, Nov. 6

"Up and At It" Morning Activity—Walk/Run on Resort Trails

Breakfast and Closing Keynote: "You've Got It All"—Presented by Emily Jaenson

"Save the BEST 'Business' for Last"

Ladies can use this time for business card or RFP exchange, finish those conversation or take the connections you’ve made to the next level with this dedicated time for business. Pair that with a mimosa bar to finish out the forum with a CHEERS!

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

2019 Keynotes (2020 Coming Soon)

  • Kelsey Dixon
    Kelsey Dixon
  • Jean Fedigan
    Jean Fedigan
  • Heather Mills
    Heather Mills
  • Crista Samaras
    Crista Samaras
  • Emily Jaenson
    Emily Jaenson

2019 Education (2020 Coming Soon)

Subject to change


Tuesday, Nov. 5

| General Session

"Brave Your Fear"

| Lunch Session

"Facing the Fear of Success"

| Session

"The 5-Step Game Plan to Get the Promotion and Pay Raise You Deserve"

Wednesday, Nov. 6

| Closing Keynote

"You've Got It All"