Sophia Hyder Hock

New Chief Diversity Officer on ‘Complex’ Task Ahead

Just one day after she officially started as Destinations International’s inaugural chief diversity officer, Sophia Hyder Hock chatted with Convene. Here’s what she brings to the CVB industry and where she’ll be focusing on making an impact.

Akshar Patel

Lessons Learned Doing Business During a Pandemic

Akshar Patel, vice president of conventions for AAHOA and one of this year’s PCMA Groundbreaker Award nominees, shares how COVID-19 has allowed him to “learn and sharpen” his skillset as an events executive.

Al Hutchinson

Being a ‘Part of the Solution’

Visit Baltimore President and CEO Al Hutchinson is grateful for the opportunities he has had in the travel and tourism business. At the same time, he’s seeking ways to make CVBs — and the communities they serve — more equitable, diverse, and inclusive.

Melissa Cherry

Telling the Stories of Underrepresented Communities

Melissa Cherry has made a career out of telling destinations’ often overlooked stories of diverse communities. In her new role with Miles Partnership, she’s using her 25 years of tourism experience to help organizations make DEI part of every conversation.

Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason Comes Full Circle

After stumbling into association management, Mason turned barriers into opportunities and used her platform to elevate others who are underrepresented. She now leads ASAE as president and CEO.

Lessons From Lifelong Learner Wanda Johnson

The path to the top doesn’t always follow a straight line. For ASPEN CEO and PCMA Groundbreaker Wanda Johnson, it’s what she did with what she learned along the way that’s made all the difference.