Hundreds of executives will gather for more than 50 sessions and events to celebrate, educate, and empower women in the vacation rental industry.
The inaugural Vacation Rental Women’s Summit will be held at The Ritz-Carlton hotel in New Orleans February 19 – 20, 2019. Presented by VRM Intel Magazine and the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA), the summit will host 500 professionals for two days and more than 50 educational sessions, keynote presentations, and networking events for women in the vacation rental industry.
Registration is open at VacationRentalWomen.com until February 10 or until tickets run out. Early registration costs $749 per person until November 30.
“From beach to mountain destinations, women dominate all areas of the on-the-ground vacation rental industry and face a unique set of challenges,” said Amy Hinote, CEO of VRM Intel. “Our objective is to bring the smartest and most influential women in the industry together to inspire and empower attendees and discuss high-level topics facing the vacation rental sector.”
Keynote speakers will include Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic; Lady Fiona Carnarvon, the Eighth Countess of Carnarvon and guardian of Highclere Castle – the real life setting for Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey; and Tina Weyand, chief product officer at HomeAway.
“Elizabeth has been inspiring women to be bold and creative for decades and is a true voice of our generation, and Lady Carnarvon exemplifies true hospitality in the most authentic way I have ever witnessed,” said Hinote. “Weyand is making a rare public appearance and is one of the most highly accomplished and influential leaders in our industry. They exemplify the power and success of women not only in vacation rentals but in all sectors, and it’s an honor to have them joining us at the summit.”
Sessions and presentations will cover the art of delegating, exit strategies, funding, change management, climate change, diversity, interviews with successful CEOs and entrepreneurs, building an influential executive presence, disruptive versus traditional models, navigating risk and competition, mentoring and coaching a winning team, hospitality and customer service, technology, balancing data with intuition, work–life balance, conflict management, and more.
The event will also feature two dozen hands-on workshops, peer group discussions, and focus groups, as well as an awards series to honor the pioneering women who helped build the vacation rental industry.
Themed networking events will celebrate New Orleans culture and the keynote speakers, including a lively Mardi Gras Cocktail Party sponsored by Red Sky Travel Insurance, French Quarter Brunch sponsored by RealPage’s Kigo, Downton Abbey High Tea sponsored by HomeAway Software, and the Eat, Pray, Love Lunch sponsored by CBIZ. Blizzard Internet Marketing, Bluetent, and TruPlace are also sponsoring the summit.
About VRM Intel Magazine
Founded by Amy Hinote in 2012, VRM Intel was created as a tool for the fast-growing and rapidly-evolving vacation rental industry. Its mission is to provide relevant industry-specific news, information, and resources to help professionals build their businesses, to address the challenges and opportunities facing the industry, and to positively contribute to the vacation rental ecosystem.
In October of 2016, it launched VRM Intel Magazine, a quarterly publication mailed to thousands of vacation rental professionals. The magazine contains articles written by industry experts addressing property care, marketing, technology, human resources, revenue management, owner relations, guest services, and regulations. Later that year, the company launched VRM Intel Live!, a series of regional events that brings together industry thought leaders and local vacation rental providers. VRM Intel Live! has visited Wilmington, Destin, Outer Banks, Portland, Denver, Gatlinburg, Orange Beach, London, and Breckenridge.
Founded in 1985, the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA) provides best-in-class education, networking, and professional development opportunities to make a difference for vacation rental management companies. VRMA works worldwide on behalf of our manager and supplier members to advance the vacation rental industry through education, information, networking, research, and advocacy.