Get the insider's view on women making headlines in the managed travel industry. In the spotlight this year are senior-level travel buyers and major airline, hotel and technology company executives, all at the top of their games. BTN editors spoke with each of them about their career achievements to date and what about their work continues to challenge and inspire them.

2017 Women You Should Know

Roxana Bressy
Roxana Bressy

Roxana Bressy took over at KDS from Dean Forbes in December, following American Express Global Business Travel's acquisition of the T&E provider. While Forbes was the face of the company, Bressy ran KDS in the background, first as EVP of operations and later as CFO. She described herself, as have others, as Forbes' "right hand." When he stepped down, she was the obvious choice to lead KDS into its future with Amex GBT.  ... KEEP READING

Leeny Oberg
Leeny Oberg

Now an 18-year veteran of Marriott International, Leeny Oberg assumed her role as CFO in 2016, just two months after Marriott announced the largest merger in hotel industry history. Her approach to her career is to continually learn and grow and to take things one year at a time, a mind-set that guided the organization through last year's surprise bidding war for Starwood and now the integration of the two massive companies.... KEEP READING

Lauri Reishus
Lauri Reishus

ARC promoted Lauri Reishus to COO and EVP in March. She joined the company in 2005 and brought with her a dedication to customer relationships and service that has fundamentally changed the organization.    ... KEEP READING

Alison Taylor
Alison Taylor

After building a long sales career on the lodging side, Alison Taylor last year joined American Airlines. She held that same role at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and also spent several years in leadership roles in the Asia/Pacific region for Starwood. At American, Taylor is building up the carrier's sales team, and executives say corporate market share has been growing.... KEEP READING

Yukari Tortorich
Yukari Tortorich

When she was turned down for a college internship with a travel agency that specialized in travel to Japan, Yukari Tortorich refused to go home to her parents with the bad news. Instead, she scoured the building directory for another agency and presented her skills, and they hired her. "I learned so much there," said Tortorich, who began by delivering paper airline tickets and filing brochures. She now manages travel in 22 countries for Discovery Communications.... KEEP READING

Erin Wilk
Erin Wilk

Erin Wilk sees a growing opportunity for travel managers in travel risk management and safety, but only if they can connect with business strategy. As a woman in a male-dominated security field, she says diversity equals an opportunity to innovate. She spoke about her outlook for her role and how she hopes to influence others.... KEEP READING