HGA Annouces Valuable Industry Content for HGA Global Forum


Hosts Global Alliance (HGA) has released a sneak peak at the list of the educational content that will be presented at the 3rd Annual HGA Global Forum in Boston, Massachusetts. HGA DMC members and clients, meeting and incentive planners, will gather together for networking and education at the Royal Sonesta Boston, July 30th – August 3rd.

Keeping with their reputation as the leader in the DMC industry, HGA has lined up an impressive group of speakers to present on current hospitality trends and topics. The list of speakers includes Dave McGillivray, Founder of Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises (DMSE), who will deliver a keynote session on leadership at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum is. McGillivray is best known by his peers as a professional with a purpose. From his extraordinary run across the U.S. to benefit the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, to serving as technical director and then race director of the BAA Boston Marathon since the 1980’s, McGillivray has helped to organize more than 900 mass participatory events since founding DMSE in 1981, while also rising millions for worthy causes.

Joining HGA from ECPAT-USA, is Michelle Guelbart to discuss how the travel industry can assist in the war on human trafficking. As the Director of Private Sector Engagement for ECPAT-USA, Guelbart advises companies on corporate social responsibility efforts to protect children from human trafficking. She has contributed to Congressional testimony and multi-stakeholder engagement efforts, including through the World Economic Forum, Institute of Medicine, and the White House National Action Plan on Responsible Business. Guelbart has been recognized for her achievements and named a 2014 Changemaker by MeetingsNet.

Another notable HGA Global Forum speaker is Michael Robinson, Cyber Threat Analyst, Forensic Investigator, and Professor, who will discuss the importance of creating an event that is secure from technological attacks. Over the past ten years Robinson has specialized in computer and mobile device forensics, cyber security, and analyzing systems for threats while developing practical solutions. As the former CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Business Transformation Agency, Robinson oversaw all information technology and information assurance operations for the agency.

When asked about the extraordinary lineup of HGA Global Forum speakers, Marty MacKay, DMCP, President of Hosts Global Alliance, remarked, “We are delighted with the array of speakers that will be presenting at the HGA Global Forum. We stand behind our pledge to bring our attendees timely and valuable industry content, and that is precisely what we are prepared to deliver.”

For more information on the full speaker lineup for the 3rd Annual HGA Global Forum, please contact Denise Marie Germano, HGA Associate Director of Global Events & Communications, at denise-marie.germano@hosts-global.com.

Hosts Global Alliance (HGA), is a worldwide consortium of select Destination Management Companies. We believe that every destination holds the promise of an inspiring experience. Hosts Global Alliance delivers on that promise with unparalleled service, fresh thinking, and a global network of local experts. HGA currently represents over 50 Destination Management Companies, servicing over 190 locations. Hosts Global Alliance provides a full service approach for customers planning group programs in the meetings, convention, and incentive industry for corporations, associations, meeting management, and incentive travel companies. There is always a Hosts solution. Every time. Everywhere.

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