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2012 YPS Members Only Day
Friday, November 30, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EST)
ASTA’s Young Professionals Society is happy to announce our plans for YPS Member's Only Day 2012. All members are invited to join us in Washington, DC (well, technically at ASTA's headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia) on Friday, November 30 for a day of networking and valuable industry discussion. The theme for our meeting this year is "The YPS Advocate." We'll be discussing advocacy and the importance and value that brings to your business, your colleagues, and your industry.
As ASTA members, you've already taken the first step in contributing to these important efforts. Without your membership support, ASTA will not be able to continue working on your behalf. But our Member's Only Day will be much more engaging and educating. We'll show you the real benefits of advocacy. We'll meet with lobbyists and government relations representatives who will explain and demonstrate the value of a unified voice. And we'll show you ways you can help us make a difference. Wipeys are one of the voices of the travel industry, and we want our message to be loud and clear.
Please mark your calendar for Friday, November 30 to join us for this very important day!
What ASTA's Advocacy Efforts Do For YOU!
WHAT: YPS Member's Only Day
WHERE: Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, DC (meeting at ASTA headquarters; hotel TBA)
WHEN: Friday, November 30, 2012 (arrive on Thursday night, and stay Saturday for a social activity)
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast & check-in at ASTA headquarters
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome from YPS president & Introductions
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Meet Your Fellow Wipeys
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Advocacy 101/Hill Meetings 101
11:00 a.m. - 12 noon The Ins and Outs of ASTA's Public Policy Issues
12 noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch with advocacy/government relations professionals
1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Capitol Hill Meetings
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Meetings Debrief; YPS update and conclusion
Arrive on Thursday night for an informal no-host (each pays own) dinner at 7:00 p.m. And if you don’t have to leave on Friday night for home, stay over and join us for an outing on Saturday to the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
From time to time, the travel industry bemoans the reality that as the agent community ages, there is a lack of “new blood” choosing retail travel sales as a career path. The good news is that is changing!
In 2002, ASTA’s leadership created the Young Professionals Society for the purpose of networking, education, and career development. YPS is a free program for ASTA members and employees of premium agencies under the age of 40.
YPS is a place for agents to network, learn, and grow in their careers. YPS is where new young travel professionals gather to learn about the industry and make connections with experienced peers who can act as mentors.
Be the industry voice of young travel agents.
Support the members of this community by providing opportunities for networking and industry engagement, education, and career development.
Encourage young recruits to enter the travel industry by undertaking a career as a travel agent.
Ryan McGredy, President
Evan McElligott, Vice President
Csilla Dali, Secretary
Samarah Meil, Treasurer
Jason Coleman, Past President
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