Dr. Kristin Lamoureux, Collegiate Professor of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Virginia Tech University
Dr. Kristin Lamoureux is an accomplished hospitality and tourism professional with over 20 years of experience as an educator, researcher and consultant in tourism and hospitality, tourism development, destination management and marketing, hospitality management, marketing, strategic planning and research. She is recognized for her work with in tourism education, international development and tourism destination management organizations, economic development, strategic management, indigenous issues, policy and international development. She has a proven track record in engaging with industry, fostering collaboration and transforming real life experience into high quality education. She has successfully maintained both a strong commitment to learning that is both applied and theoretical, while at the same time, remaining constantly active in industry. She holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Planning and Public Policy. Most recently, she serves as a Collegiate Professor of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Virginia Tech University. Prior to VT, she served as the Associate Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism within the School of Professional Studies at New York University and Executive Director of the International Institute of Tourism Studies at George Washington University.
Judy Walden, Instructor, George Washington University
Judy Walden fosters lively public engagement that helps communities achieve a balance between the economic benefits of tourism and the ongoing protection of historical, cultural and natural civic treasures. She brings a rich collection of community success stories, rooted in her broad on-the-ground tourism experience. Judy has designed specialized cultural experiences for international travelers, facilitated Share Your Heritage workshops in Alaska for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and helped Washington state regions capitalize on their rich culinary tourism. She teaches cultural heritage tourism online for George Washington University, with a national reach that includes tribal members who are developing cultural travel. She currently is working with five communities to fold cultural heritage experiences into an 82-mile, high-elevation bicycle ride.
Stephanie Westhelle, Program Manager, George Washington University
Stephanie Westhelle is the Head of the Tourism Action Coalition for a Sustainable Ocean (TACSO) and the International Institute of Tourism Studies’ Strategic Program Advisor. She guides destinations and organizations to achieve sustainable, regenerative and resilient products. Leveraging her 15 years of experience in tourism and the food and beverage industry, Stephanie’s strategic direction has helped shape products and partnerships across the globe. Her work has included Marriott International, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt Hotels, Theo Chocolate, Starbucks, Fairtrade International, Mondalez, and Ben & Jerry’s.