WITNext Summercamp, June 21

WITNext Summercamp
June 21, 2013

SMU Admin Building, Mochtar Riady Auditorium, Level 5
Singapore Management University, 81 Victoria Street, Singapore 188605

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09.00-09.10              Opening

09.10-10.00              The Leaders' Conversation: Three leaders share their vision for travel, their career experiences and how they wish to shape the future of their organisations and the future of travel.

Michael Issenberg, Chairman & COO, Accor Asia Pacific
Patrick Imbardelli, CEO, Pan Pacific Hotels Group
Morris Sim, CEO, Circos Brand Karma
Interviewer: Yeoh Siew Hoon, Editor & Founder, Web In Travel

10.00-10.30              The Element Pitch
Our coaches pick one element that has helped them in their career and pitch it in 3 minutes each.
They then have to pick from the audience their candidate to be coached for the Element Pitch Grand Finals competition which will take place at the end of the day. Winner will walk away with a $300 hotel voucher and suitcase worth S$250 from AirAsia Expedia and S$500 spending money from Expedia Lodging Partner Services.

Christine Toguchi, Managing Director, Macrovision Network Pte Ltd, Singapore
John Mims, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Las Vegas Sands Corporation

Mario Jobbe, COO & Co-founder, Circos Brand Karma
Blanca Menchaca, VP Online Marketing, Wego
Patrick Andres, Vice President & Regional Managing Director, Travelport Asia Pacific

10.30-10.40              Journey Of A Start-Up
Kei Shibata, CEO, Venture Republic,
which runs Japan's leading travel search sites, shares tips from his journey as an entrepreneur – how do you get started, how do you get up after that first fall and how do you keep going?
10.40-11.10              So You Want To Be A Start-Up?

Lessons from those who started an online business in the last 2 years and an investor shares his perspective of working with start-ups.

Clement Wong, CEO, BeMyGuest
Faeez Fadhlillah, CEO, LagiSatu.com
Eric Koh, Co-founder, Travelogy.com
Tudor Coman, VP Business Development, Flocations

Investor: Alon Sobol, EIR-Jungle Ventures, Singapore
Moderator: Yeoh Siew Hoon, Editor & Founder, Web In Travel

11.10-11.30 Break

Trends in Talent Development & Diversity In The Workplace
Employers talk about the HR initiatives they’ve undertaken and the success of those
initiatives, including those aimed at building diversity in the organisation. Plus what can you expect in the way of compensation - a salary survey of travel and tourism jobs.

Christine Rumble, Vice President Learning and Talent Development, Accor Asia Pacific
Alexandra Kershaw, Director Human Resources, Singapore Market Head, American Express Int'l Inc
Andrew Chan, CEO, ACI HR Solutions

12.00-12.10             So Girls, You Want To Be A General Manager?

Shamila Rolfe, General Manager, Ibis Singapore Novena tells her story, warts and all, on how she became a general manager and what you need to do to make it, and stay on top. 

12.10-12.20              Staying Relevant In The Fast Changing World of Travel Technology, by Filip Filipov
The world of travel technology is changing at an accelerated pace. How does one keep up with the trends and issues in  order to stay relevant, and move up the career path? A view from an insider who's worked in the travel technology sector and has always followed the trends closely.

12.20-13.00              Life in The New & Fast Lane
A panel of newbies and young professionals share their story and what they've learnt since they got into the workplace and things they wished they had known, plus how do you continually stay relevant in your career and true to your own goals?

Joyce Huang, Founder, Singapore Geek Girls/Microsoft BizSpark
Clara Lim Shu Ying, Partnerships Executive, TripAdvisor APAC
Nino Gruttke, Executive Director, ITB Asia
Saima Hamdi, MBA Student/Intern, Abacus Ventures
Wan Phing Lim, Online Editor, AsiaRooms
Vu Lam, Agency Relationship Manager, Google
Moderator: Rita Goh, Business Development Director (Asia), Wotif Group

13.00-13.40              Lunch

13.40-15.50              Bootcamps Start (Function Rooms 4.1, Executive Seminar Rooms 4.1 & 4.2)


Bootcamp A: How to Maximise Your Internships: Christine Rumble, VP Learning and Talent Development, Accor Asia Pacific

Internships are a great way to establish yourself with an employer.  The relationships you generate and the perception you create during internships can determine your employment at the end of your studies.

In this bootcamp you will
·         discover what qualities managers are looking for in interns
·         learn how your behavior determines your brand image with others
·         acquire tips on the things you can do to create a positive reputation; and
·         explore how to leverage your experience from intern placements and use this in your job interviews.

Bootcamp B: Do MORE in travel, led by
Sangeet Dalliwal, Director of Compliance, Carlson Wagonlit Travel

It’s not just about travel. Do you have what it takes to unlock possibilities, access a wide range of career paths in corporate travel and events – and develop yourself – the CWT way?

Bootcamp C: It Starts and Ends with Wellness and Well-Being, by Over The Rainbow

Wellness experts share their views covering the diverse areas of wellness, impart the importance of wellness and wellbeing in life, how to better manage stress in life and in work, maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle, and attain personal fulfillment and happiness. Youths will also share their personal experiences on the sources of stress and unhappiness, while the experts will provides tips on how to better managing stress, leading a healthier more balanced life, as well as advice on practical strategies for achieving life-long wellness and personal wellbeing. As we all know, to build a meaningful career, it all begins with creating a strong foundation for the self.

Panel Members:
James Norris, a social entrepreneur focused on scalable behavior change interventions. An active coach, consultant, researcher, and speaker, he specializes in social entrepreneurship, social innovation, positive psychology, and social psychology.
Riri Gunjan Trivedi, founder of Wellness Space, is a Yoga Therapist and a Regression Therapist passionate about spreading the awareness and benefits of yoga among kids and youth.
Sara Varela,
CEO and Founding Director of The Centre for Positive Living Singapore. She is also an Executive Coach for the coaching company, Coach in a Box.
Yen-Lu Chow - A technology innovator, serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, business angel, and compassionate social entrepreneur, Yen-Lu’s career spans over 30 years in the tech, media, venture capital, and philanthropy.
Moderator: Aaron Hung, Director of Partnerships, TripAdvisor APAC & Adjunct Professor, World Travel & Tourism Class, Singapore Management University

Bootcamp D: (For Entrepreneurs): Building A Travel Start-Up From Scratch

So you want to do a travel start-up? Well, first you got to learn about how travel works and who better to learn from than those who work in travel and those who've done it before. This session brings together those with vast experience and those who have launched businesses recently and are still learning the ropes. Plus, we bring in experts with UX and UI experiences so you can learn about the elements of building a great business on the web.

Tai Parata, Director Online Business, Abacus International
Ross Veitch, CEO, Wego
Joyce Huang, Founder, Singapore Geek Girls/Microsoft BizSpark

Melissa Ng, Melewi - Branding, UX & UI (web & mobile) Design
Moderator: Filip Filipov

14.50-15.50  Bootcamps Repeated

15.50-16.00             Break

16.00-16.20             Mystery Guest

16.20-17.00             Meet The Educators & Mentors
Are we turning out the right people for the right jobs? How is academia preparing new talent for a fast changing world? Educators talk about what needs to be done to make sure we are ready for a new future in travel because as we all know, if we don't got the people bit right, well, we're not going to get very far. Plus, what can mentors do in the workplace to nurture talent and ensure they stay within the industry?

Aaron Hung, Director of Partnerships, TripAdvisor APAC & Adjunct Professor, World Travel & Tourism Class, Singapore Management University
Tai Parata, Director Online Business, Abacus International
Dr Karl Brandmeir, Ph.D, Faculty in Residence, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Singapore
Patrick Andres, Vice President & Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Travelport
Moderator: Yeoh Siew Hoon, Editor & Founder, Web In Travel

17.00-17.40              The Travel World Is Your Oyster

A panel of travel professionals representing different segments of the industry share the opportunities within each space and how you can excel in the industry.

Christina Siaw, CEO, Singapore Cruise Centre
Soraya Kefs,
CEO & Founder, Fast Booking
Kevin Cheong, Chairman, Association of Singapore Attractions
Robin Lokerman, CEO, Institution Division, MCI
James Foreman, Head of Online Advertising, AirAsia Expedia
Gerry Oh, Vice President Asia Pacific, Jet Airways
Moderator: Yeoh Siew Hoon, Editor & Founder, Web In Travel

17.40-18.00              The Element Pitch Grand Finals

Our chosen candidates make their pitch, after having been coached by our industry mentors, and the winner will be determined by a mix of popular vote and judging by our panel.

Prize: S$300 hotel voucher and suitcase worth S$250 from AirAsia Expedia and $500 cash from Expedia Lodging Partner Services

18.00 Networking Time, sponsored by Abacus Ventures - remember one meeting could change your life, so make use of this down time to get to know people, and ask questions.

* Programme is subject to change

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