Speakers and Schedule for
Indigenous Tourism Forum Announced

The schedule and speakers for the first-ever Indigenous Tourism Forum of the Americas (ITF), October 12-16, 2020, were announced this week. The one-of-a-kind virtual networking event promises to give Indigenous communities the resources — and the voice — they need to shape their own narrative in the broader cultural conversation and to use tourism as a tool for effective change.
Organized by the Organization of American States and the George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies in collaboration with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, the event will bring Indigenous, business, and government leaders from the United States, Canada and Central and South America together in a unique virtual forum. A program of keynote addresses, networking sessions, workshops and panel talks will encourage dialogue around the needs and priorities facing Indigenous Peoples looking to include tourism in their plans for the future.
"For Indigenous communities in particular, tourism has the potential to drive sustainable development and support economic recovery post-COVID,” explains Seleni Matus, director of the GW International Institute of Tourism Studies. “Even though these communities are still shut down to outsiders, now is the time to plan for the future and to ensure that tourism plays a meaningful role going forward so that communities can directly benefit economically from the increasing numbers of people around the world who are searching for authentic travel experiences."
The event will feature keynote speakers Loretta Barrett Oden, an Emmy-award winning host of PBS's Seasoned with Spirit, Kevin Eshkawkogan, president and CEO of Indigenous Tourism Ontario in Canada, and Brian Vallo, governor of the Pueblo of Acoma tribe in New Mexico, who will provide the opening statement on the first day of ITF. Each will explore themes of re-establishing connections through experiences, empowerment and ownership, and building resilience.
A series of roundtable sessions will feature a host of Indigenous tourism practitioners, political figures, advocates for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, tour operators and Indigenous businesses. Expert speakers include Petita Ayarza, the first Guna congresswoman in Panama's National Assembly; Ben Sherman, chairman of the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance Leadership Council; and Keith Henry, president and CEO of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, to name a few.  
The panel talks, which will center on topics such as "Which Tourism Experiences will be Feasible for Communities and Attractive to Visitors Post-COVID-19?" and "Protection of Intellectual and Cultural Property," will be moderated by Mark Trahant, editor, Indian Country Today; Norie Quintos, editor at large for National Geographic Travel Media; Hannah Bloch, lead digital editor, NPR; Jeri Clausing, senior editor, Travel Weekly; and Rafat Ali, CEO & founder, Skift.
The five-day schedule will also feature virtual tours of various destinations, interactive workshops, on-demand webinar recordings and networking sessions showcasing themes of storytelling and cuisine.

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Name: Ben Bronner
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How long have you been at GWSB? This is my first semester here.
Job duties: I’ll mainly be teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in business ethics.
What do you like to do on weekends? Mostly read, as boring as that sounds. My interests in ethics often lead me to related areas of economics, law, or other fields, and there’s always more that I’d like to read than I have time for.               
Family: I live with my girlfriend, Kay; our cat, Pangolin; and Pangolin’s semi-feral companion, PB (Pangolin’s Buddy, née Panda Bear).
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A favorite movie: I thought that What We Do in the Shadows was clever and very funny, and likewise for the TV show of the same name. Both are vampire mockumentaries.
A favorite musical performer, song or album: He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms, a beautiful, strange, and very sad album by A Silver Mt. Zion.
Something my co-workers don’t know about me: Quite a bit, including most of the above. The pandemic hasn’t left many opportunities to get to know my new colleagues, unfortunately.
Next week on George Talks Business, Afsaneh M. Beschloss, founder and CEO of RockCreek, will be interviewed by Dr. Danny Leipziger, managing director of The Growth Dialogue and professor of international business at GWSB, on Monday, Oct. 5, from 12:30-1:15 p.m. ET.
Please visit the GTB page to register for the live stream on the GWSB Facebook page or YouTube channel and for information on the guests scheduled for Fall 2020.
Real Estate and Finance Discussion:
Industry Trends and Disruptions in 2020

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., join fellow GW alumni in the fields of finance and real estate for a discussion on industry trends and disruptions in 2020. The discussion will focus specifically on the trend/disruption areas of environmental, social, and governance (ESG), sustainability, and new regulations in light of COVID-19 developments.
Panelists include:
  • Jonathan Butwin, GWSB BBA ’08, head of acquisitions & business development at Butwin Insurance Group
  • Trysha Daskam, GWSPH MPH ’14, director/head of ESG strategy at Silver Regulatory Associates LLC
The discussion will be moderated by alumnus Richard Goldstein, CCAS BA '81, assistant vice president of development and alumni relations at the GW School of Business, and will be followed by a Q&A with participants.
This event is open to all GW alumni and will take place online via Zoom.
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The Washington Examiner reported on GWSB’s collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security and its MBA in Security Technology Transition program, which will launch in Jan. ’21, in the article, “DHS is making major technological breakthroughs. It just can't find private sector buyers.”

GWSB is #6 for international business in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking released last week.
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