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Practical Approach to Resuming Travel

While travel has been interrupted, travel managers are using this time to evaluate their managed programs and producing new strategies, sources of savings and new traveler safety guidelines so that when their organization’s travel resumes, they will be ready.

And business travel will resume. According to a Wakefield Research survey of 4850 business travelers worldwide, 46% predict declines in new business if they are not able to travel. But as your company resumes travel, there will be unknowns to address. Getting your employees traveling again will require building their trust and confidence in new health and safety protocols, as well as helping them navigate new steps to keep them more connected pre- and post-travel.Today’s program will provide some practical steps you can take to re-construct a managed travel program based on reducing traveler anxiety, leveraging supplier relationships and even re-vamping your travel policy.


Cheryl is a 30+ year veteran of the industry.  Prior to joining SAP Concur, she was the director of Travel and Meetings for Grant Thornton where she instituted and managed a comprehensive corporate travel program including strategic meeting management and Duty of Care programs.  Before joining Grant Thornton, Cheryl managed the travel program for Duff and Phelps and facilitated 1000’s of travelers annually as a travel coordinator at Lions Club International.   She began her career in travel as a corporate travel consultant and corporate account manager.  Handwriting airline tickets and using tariffs and OAG’s are not foreign to her but where she began her path in this industry in a corner travel agency in Williamsport, PA.

Cheryl has been involved in GBTA at both a chapter level where she was the program director for both the Chicago BTA and the Central North Florida BTA chapters and served on the GBTA CSR committee. She was instrumental in bringing the importance of sustainability to business travel and meeting and events.  Over the years, Cheryl attained all the GBTA certifications and continues to be involved and stay educated.   She has been invited as a speaker and panelists at various industry meetings including GBTA Convention, ACTE Forums, local GBTA chapter meetings and industry webinars.  Over the years, her insights have been quoted in BTN, Travel Weekly, Corporate Meetings and Incentives, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

Recently, Cheryl along with a few travel industry peers in Central Florida, created the FIRST Travel Industry Rotary Satellite Club that is dedicated to helping those in the hospitality industry that have suffered lay-offs and furloughs due to the pandemic.  

Cheryl resides in Central Florida with her husband of 30 years, Robert, and their two rescue dogs, Tag and Libby. 


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