The premier event for women travel influencers and creators, and the brands that want to work with them. Brought to you by Wanderful.
Deesha Dyer, beGirl.world
Deesha Dyer is a speaker, writer, creative event and strategy consultant, and is most notably known as the former Obama administration Social Secretary. The Philadelphia native became a White House intern at the age of 30 and completed a seven-year tenure there that honed her expertise in event coordination, logistics, protocol, and statecraft. Her storied career is unconventional at best, with themes of reinvention, drive, and a commitment to community service integrated throughout.
An award-winning event producer, Deesha has been featured in national media outlets including TIME, The New York Times, Marie Claire, Essence, Vogue, Refinery29, Forbes, Glamour, The Root, Shondaland, and the Washington Post. She currently serves as the Executive Director of beGirl.world, a global empowerment and education travel program for teen girls that she co-founded in 2014. A charismatic speaker with unbridled optimism, she now shares her message of hope, hard work and living life on your own terms with audiences across the country, while working at a philanthropy foundation focused on social justice.
Jada Yuan, The New York Times's inaugural 52 Places Traveler
Jada Yuan circumnavigated the globe in 2018 as the inaugural 52 Places Traveler for The New York Times. Before that, she spent over a decade at New York Magazine and its websites as a contributing editor and culture features writer, where she profiled Stevie Nicks, Ava Duvernay, and Bill Murray. Her cover stories and features have appeared in Elle, Vogue, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Bloomberg Businessweek. You can find her on Instagram at alphajada and Twitter at @jadabird.
Image by Todd Heisler / The New York Times.
Alexandra Baackes, Alex in Wanderland
Alexandra Baackes is the founder of Alex in Wanderland and Wander Women Retreats and the author of the Wanderland Guide to Koh Tao. Addicted to storytelling since 2009, Alex has been sharing the behind-the-scenes of her world travels, adventures in entrepreneurship, and experiments in living abroad on her blog and social media channels ever since. With a passion for sustainability, more than forty new country stamps in her passport, and a focus on adventures like scuba diving and attending festivals around the world, there’s never a dull moment in Wanderland.
Alex in Wanderland proudly partners with household name travel brands around the world, from Kayak to Enterprise to Capital One and beyond, and designs content campaigns for well-loved destination marketing organizations such as Visit New Orleans, Visit Florida, Travel Manitoba, and beyond.
Ambreen Tariq, @BrownPeopleCamping
Ambreen Tariq is the founder of @BrownPeopleCamping, a digital storytelling project based on Instagram that aims to promote diversity in the outdoors and on our public lands. Ambreen utilizes storytelling to share how her life experiences as a Muslim, South-Asian American immigrant female have shaped her love for the outdoors; to reflect more openly on the role privilege plays in enabling us to enjoy the outdoors; and to promote more passionately for everyone to experience and enjoy the outdoors in their own authentic ways. She strives to achieve these goals to help grow our community of people who, having developed personal connections to the environment, will feel invested in protecting it and advocating for its future wellbeing.
Ambreen is a non-practicing attorney who works for the federal government in Washington, DC; she runs @BrownPeopleCamping outside of her day job. Through @BrownPeopleCamping, Ambreen has worked with partners in government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry to promote diversity in the outdoors. She writes and speaks about her advocacy efforts and engages in coalition building to help grow and strengthen our community of diversity advocates and allies. She is a Brand Ambassador for Merrell and formerly for REI and Airstream. She is also the co-founder of Outdoor Muslims and a board member of City Kids Wilderness Project and Green Muslims. In 2018, she was selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the 40 Under 40 honorees who is, through innovative work and advocacy, expanding our view of what it means to save places and tell America’s full history.
Angie Orth, Angie Away
Angie Orth is a recovering agency publicist with more than 15 years in the marketing industry and 13 years as an award-winning content creator. She created AngieAway.com to chronicle a yearlong round-the-world trip that accidentally became a career. Angie’s adventures have landed her on the Today Show, the New York Post, Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, AFAR, and Glamour. AngieAway.com was named as one of Southern Living's “30 Best Blogs to Follow.” She currently produces and co-hosts The Jet Sisters, a video series focusing on Millennial travel.
In addition to working on content campaigns with dozens of brands and DMOs including Ford, Dramamine, Virgin Atlantic, Windstar Cruises, Hotwire and Visit Britain, Angie has served as a long-term ambassador for Travelocity, the Rocky Mountaineer, Yahoo Travel, and AFAR. She continues to work as a consultant, helping brands to create ambassador programs. She founded the Blog Squad program at Universal Orlando Resort.
Prior to leaving her PR job in New York in 2010, Angie was chosen out of 30,000 to be a top 50 finalist for Australia's Best Job in the World campaign and she was a finalist for Season 6 of The Apprentice. She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida. After stints in Atlanta and New York, followed by a multi-year solo trip around the world, Angie is back home in Jacksonville, Fla., where she's renovating a 1940s cottage with her husband. Currently, Angie and her Florida-based team cover a broad spectrum of topics, from Slytherin fashion tips to how to have the “roots and wings” lifestyle.