GBTA Chicago Chapter - September Newsletter 2020 Print

President's Report


Dear Chicago Community,

I am writing to you from 10,000 feet - I am currently on a plane to Colorado! This will be my 5th time flying since COVID hit, and I am happy to say our Chicago airports do not disappoint. This time, I flew out of O’Hare and was pleasantly surprised to see more travelers than I expected. The security line went fast, and I think the 6ft distance may have helped move the lines faster. While on the plane all passengers complied with wearing a mask, and I was very thankful for the static spray and HEPA air filters. I hope many of you start to fly again, but I do understand some have a lot of reservations in doing so.

Switching gears, September was a busy month for our Chapter. We had our inaugural Coffee Break with the Board, the September Zoom series meeting, and many prep meetings for upcoming events. Coffee Break with the Board is new and your chance to chat with us directly. This month we had flowing conversation and a lot of good topics were brought up. We hope you can join us on November 10th for the next one!

The 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee was also very busy this month as we secured a DJ/MC, a videographer, and a mixologist to create a fun 'Nifty Fifty' drink just for our party in December. There are a lot of ideas on how we can bring this virtual event to life including offering a fun Swag Bag for the first 100 attendees. There are some really great items we need to pick from, so please do not wait, register now. As you register for the event, you will see a place to add your home address, please include that so you can receive your swag bag. Hint: Some of the contents will be needed for the party.

Finally, the Board has approved to move forward with our annual Leadership Summit this year. At this event, the Board and Committee Chairs get together to plan the next 12 months of our Chapter's goals, priorities, and events to bring best in class experiences to you - our members. We need your help in this planning process, so we'll be sending out our annual survey to hear from you on what works, what doesn't, and gain feedback on recommended improvements. This will help us build our needs assessment, meeting content, education, and overall maintain a strong membership in 2021 - keep an eye out!

Thank you all for your ongoing engagement, and I hope to see you on our next Networking Happy Hour on Oct 8th!

Bonnie Brabb
President, GBTA Chicago Chapter

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Education Spotlight

In case you missed it, our September Zoom Series was an intriguing presentation from International SOS speaker Jeremy Prout that showed buyers how to safely and efficiently manage risk under the latest COVID-19 guidelines.

Jeremy Prout, Director of Security Solutions
International SOS

The technology and public resources available for travel management programs today can help streamline the travel process from an end-to-end itinerary, and Jeremy did a great job explaining that to our buyers. One of the highlighted free resources, a COVID-19 impact scale, shows travel managers and travelers an easy-to-read risk scale based on geography. You can view this scale for yourself.

Thank you to all those who have joined this and all of our Zoom Series Meetings this year - we would love to feature your endorsement! To submit an endorsement, please email us at [email protected] with a one to three sentence testimonial that we may share in our marketing and communications included but not limited to emails, website, social media, press releases, etc.

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Membership Corner

A large percentage of our membership is up for renewal in Q4 2020. To assist in your membership renewal selection, please review the options below to compare Community (Chicago Chapter) and GBTA All Access Benefits.

Membership Types

Community Direct Membership

Buyers of business travel goods and services. $175
Learn More About Direct Membership

Community Allied Membership

Sellers of business travel goods and services. $175
Learn More About Allied Membership

GBTA All Access Membership

($470 Direct or $520 Allied)
Local Chapter + GBTA Membership for the combined benefits of both 
Learn More About All Access

For more information and an easy-to-read comparison chart, click here.

If you have any questions or if there is anything further that we can assist with, please reach out to [email protected]. We are here to support you!

 

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Charity Update

As most of you know this year we are celebrating the 50th Birthday of the Chicago Chapter of GBTA, and we'll be holding our virtual celebration on December 3rd! In previous years we celebrated our Q4 meeting by hosting a fundraiser to benefit our charity partner. Although this year will be scaled back we still hope to make a donation to LYDIA Home on behalf of the Chicago GBTA family.

Monetary donations can be made in any denomination on our event page. We understand this has been and continues to be a trying year for our members, so any amount that you're able to give will go a long way in helping the children of LYDIA Home.

On another note, the LYDIA Home Birthday campaign has been a great success. Since June 14% of members sent over 90 birthday cards! In September, there were three kids celebrating their birthdays, and each received 6 cards from our members. On behalf of the Community Volunteer Committee we want to give a big thank you to those who spread some joy to these children who don’t get to celebrate their birthdays as most do.

To keep things moving, there are more opportunities to send cards as we look toward October. The list for upcoming October birthdays is below and the cards may be sent to the following address:

If you wish to learn more about becoming involved with the Community Volunteer Committee please reach out to Sam Smotzer at [email protected] or Angela Sciortino at [email protected]

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Career Opportunities

Is Your Company Hiring?

Use the Chicago Chapter Career Center to post your business travel job openings and access hundreds of qualified industry professionals looking to make their next career move.

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GBTA Updates & Announcements

GBTA Collaboratory - 2020 Webinar Series

GBTA Collaboratory 2020 continues to provide perspectives, best practices, expert insight, and actionable takeaways to address the issues facing the business travel industry. The topic for week five of the Collaboratory is Risk Management/Duty of Care

Member Benefit: This series is complimentary to GBTA and Chapter members which is a HUGE value considering the cost to non-members if $49 per webinar. We sent two emails to Membership over the last couple weeks containing the instructions on waiving the registration fee. Please reach out to the Membership Committee if you have questions!

Upcoming Topics:


GBTA Ladders Program

Are you committed to improving the travel industry? Are you interested in career development and taking a next step in your career?

Enrollment for GBTA’s mentoring program, Ladders, is open (now through October 9, access the GBTA Ladders Application here). Available to GBTA members, Ladders is a group of managed travel’s emerging industry leaders joining together for the dual purpose of:

  • Mentorship, education and collaboration
  • Leveraging collective talents to help shape the next generation and the evolution of the industry


This unique mentoring program is designed around industry veterans leading teams of industry diverse mentees on a journey to prove the year’s chosen theme. Click here to learn more about the program and f
or any additional questions, please reach out to [email protected]

GBTA Business Travel Service Award

The Chapter Presidents' Council of GBTA honors a select group of experienced travel professionals with the elite Business Travel Service Award.  These GBTA members have distinguished themselves as industry leaders who have devoted themselves to their company, their association (both local, national and/or global), and their fellow business associates and have contributed to the business travel industry. Each chapter may nominate up to two (2) candidates for this prestigious award. The qualifications for this award can be found here.

Nominees should be asked to fill out applications while having their Chapter President review prior to submissionAll applications must be submitted by nominee via the online application no later than Friday, October 9th at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

If you have any questions, please contact the committee at [email protected].  In an effort to help identify nominees within your Chapter and answer any questions that you may have, the BTSA Committee will be contacting all Chapters over the course of the next few weeks.

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Calendar of Events

Zoom Networking Happy Hour

October 08, 2020
4:00 PM CDT - 5:00 PM CDT

Zoom Meeting

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Zoom Series Meeting - Debunking The Myths- The Truth About The Travel Industry During The Covid19 Pandemic

October 29, 2020
1:00 PM CDT - 2:00 PM CDT

Zoom Meeting

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Virtual Coffee Break With The Board

November 10, 2020
8:30 AM CST - 9:00 AM CST

Zoom Meeting
You will receive Zoom call in details after you register for the event.

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Zoom Series Meeting - TBD

November 19, 2020
1:00 PM CST - 2:00 PM CST

Zoom Meeting

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50th Anniversary Celebration

December 03, 2020
5:00 PM CST - 6:30 PM CST

Zoom Meeting

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