Out in Tech Chicago | Travel Tech

September 20, 2018 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on September 20th for an all-star panel of out and proud LGBTQ+ individuals & allies working in the travel industry to discuss recent innovation & tech trends within their respective organizations. 

500 W Madison Street, Suite 700

Thursday, Sep 20
6:30-9 PM


Joel CabreraCo-Founder & Chief Travel Officer, Zoom Vacations
Joel graduated from law school in Chicago and practiced law for over 10 years before co-founding Zoom Vacations®. Joel appreciates the education he receives while traveling, as well as the ability to speak all over the world like the Thailand LGBTQ Symposium in Bangkok and Pure Life Experiences Event in Marrakech, Morocco. Joel is also a founding member of the Belmond Hotel and Resorts LGBTQ Advisory Board. 

Rosalind Cumming Yates, Journalist and Travel Writer (e.g. Orbitz)
Rosalind is an independent journalist, blogger and author specializing in travel and lifestyle topics. She’s the author of Exploring Chicago Blues: Inside The Scene, Past and Present (History Press). Her other credits include Hemispheres, USA Today Go Escape Magazine, Marriott Traveler, Miami Herald, Orbitz, & Shermans Travel. She writes travel blogs for various publications and teaches journalism at Columbia College Chicago.

Bill HinelineChief of Staff, Office of the CDO, Digital Technology & VP of EQUAL, United Airlines
Bill Hineline currently holds the position of Chief of Staff, Office of the Chief Digital Officer for United Airlines.  Prior to this role, Bill held leadership roles in IT Operations and Engineering and will celebrate his 12th year with the company in November.  Before joining United, Bill held a variety of technical and leadership roles at Delta Airlines, Proctor and Gamble, and NCR.  Originally from the Cincinnati area, Bill and his husband Tim, now reside in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.  

Brian WesselmanDirector of Technology, Expedia Data Engineering 
Brian focuses on big data solutions that support the data science around optimizing the global marketing spend for Expedia Group new customer acquisition channels. Brian has more than 25 years in technology positions ranging from Motorola where he worked on the early versions of modern day wifi to the startup of Orbitz where he managed Orbitz external partnerships where He is also a member of the Expedia LGBT business resource group.

Moderated by: R.C. Riley, Writer, Performer and Storyteller
R.C. is a queer writer, performer, and storyteller. Her work challenges heteronormative views and seeks to find justice for and liberate those who feel ignored, forgotten, and unloved by our society.  When she’s not performing her solo show, Wrong Way Journey, R.C. can be found telling short stories around Chicago. 

Free drinks & snacks courtesy of Orbitz.
21+ to attend. RSVP req’d but free.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Orbitz!


500 West Madison Street Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60661


Join us on September 20th for an all-star panel of out and proud LGBTQ+ individuals & allies working in the travel industry to discuss r


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