Education & Programs

Education & Programs

In an ever changing and evolving travel industry, the ChicagoBTA Education Committee is committed to bringing its members relevant and timely educational and networking opportunities throughout the year.  The Committee’s goal is achieve the overall organizations’ mission of delivering resources and professional development to our members.  Our committee is comprised of well seasoned travel experts that are devoted to ensuring this mission is professionally met while having a little fun.   Our committee is motivated by the tag line “Getting Our Learning On”

 Annual Opportunities include:

  • Quarterly meetings & seminars that offer insight in today’s “Hot Topics” in Travel & Meetings Industry.
  • Direct Member Round Tables that provide an open forum for Travel & Meeting Buyers.
  • Allied Square Tables that showcase topics directed specifically to our vast Allied and Associate members.
  • Education Day - an in-depth discussion by panels of experts in the most meaningful areas of travel that are suggested by YOU.



Julie Walker
BCD Travel
Co Chair

Mary Alice Hansen, CCTE, GLP, GTP
Astellas US LLC
Education committee member

Leslie Andrews
CDK Global
Education committee member
Terri Barton
Acendas Travel
Education committee member

Rafael Grullon
Protravel International
Education committee member

Trish Rothman, CCTE, GLP, GTP
William Blair
Education committee member

Wayne Urbanek, CCTE
Lighthouse Consulting, Inc.
Education committee member
Maria Christy Villez
Chicago Business Travel Association