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This three day event will take place in Tucson, Arizona November 4-5, 2019. Connect's Women in Sports Tourism Forum provides the perfect blend of education and quality networking, while focusing on the importance of women's advancement in sports tourism.







Bringing together women in leadership positions in the sports tourism world to learn, grow and expand their opportunities for advancement while joining experts to create positive change in the industry.


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2019 Agenda

Subject to Change

Monday, Nov. 4
Noon-3 p.m."Get to Know You" Off Site Activity
5:30-6:45 p.m.Happy Hour With Kickoff Keynote
7-8:30 p.m.Welcome Dinner
Tuesday, Nov. 5
7 a.m."Up and At It" Morning Activity
9-10 a.m.Breakfast and Keynote
10:15-11:45 a.m.Interactive Teambuilding Activities
Noon-1:45 p.m.Lunch and Panel
2-3:15 p.m.Panel
3:30-4:30 p.m.Round-Table Discussions
5-5:45 p.m.Interactive Teambuilding Activity
6-7 p.m.Cocktails and Conversation
Wednesday, Nov. 6
7 a.m."Up and At It" Morning Activity
8:30-9:30 a.m.Breakfast and Closing Keynote
10-11:30 a.m.RFP/Business Card Exchange




2018 Keynotes (2019 Coming Soon)

Crystal Washington

Crystal Washington, CSP works with organizations that want to leverage technology to increase profits and productivity!

As a technology strategist and certified futurist, Crystal takes complex social media, app, and web topics, and makes them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people.

Crystal’s clients comprise Fortune 500 companies including Google, Microsoft, and GE and as a sought-after keynote speaker, she has entertained and educated audiences around the globe.

She has appeared in numerous publications including Entrepreneur, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Forbes and is regularly called on by major television networks as a tech expert.

Crystal is the author of the books "One Tech Action: An Efficiency Guide for Busy Non-techie Professionals to get More Done, Build Better Relationships, and Enjoy More Free time" and "The Social Media Why: A Busy Professional's Practical Guide to Using Social Media Including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Blogs for Business."

Michele Smith

Michele Smith is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and ESPN lead softball analyst. She was the first female analyst to call a nationally televised Major League Baseball game when the Los Angeles Dodgers played the Atlanta Braves on TBS in 2012. Michele also served as a color commentator for NBC during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

Michele played in softball’s debut Olympic appearance in 1996 and again in 2000, winning gold medals in both Olympics. She is also a three-time world champion for Team USA and was inducted into the ASA Hall of Fame in 2006.

During her NCAA career, Michele was a left-handed pitcher and powerful offensive threat. She was a two-time All-America at Oklahoma State University and graduated with a Bachelor in Science degree in 1990.

Michele currently serves on the Board of Athletes for Hearts, Clearwater for Youth and works with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation to raise awareness. She was a critical voice in pushing for softball’s return to the 2020 Olympic Games, to be held in Tokyo.

Originally from New Jersey, Smith currently resides in Treasure Island, Florida.

2018 Education (2019 Coming Soon)

Subject to Change

Tuesday, Nov. 6
8:45-10 a.m. | Breakfast Keynote

Presented by Crystal Washington

In an increasingly busy world, professional women are often left wishing for more hours in the day to service clients, grow the business, and take care of personal obligations. Inventive women understand that utilizing technology—including social media, Google, and key apps--is the only way to increase efficiency while improving performance. In this fun and high-energy program, you will discover how to ride the wave of technology and change to better business outcomes and more rest and relaxation!


  • • Discover secrets for strengthening lucrative professional relationships
  • • Identify hacks for better business/career management
  • • Uncover fresh "spy tricks" unknown to 99% of Internet users for gaining valuable client information and monitoring your competitors
  • • Become an expert at task automation and outsourcing non-revenue generating busy-work (even at home)

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