Jumpstart Seminar

ETC's Annual Conference | Renaissance Montgomery Hotel | Montgomery, Alabama | January 28-31, 2019

Fundamentals of Affinity Travel for Planners

Open only to Travel Planners with 0 – 3 years experience

Jumpstart delivers a focused and detailed training on topics ranging from risk management to marketing, program analysis, and a special module called “A Day in the Life of the Planner.” This nuts and bolts session will provide useful take-away information and advice from a select group of seasoned travel planners and will include adequate time for questions and group discussions. Complete the training feeling connected with your community and armed with new resources to strengthen your program. $55 Fee – Includes Sunday night welcome program, dinner and Monday seminar.

Lead Instructors

Beth Ray-Schroeder, Director, Duke Alumni Travels, Duke Alumni Affairs

Beth Ray-Schroeder is Director of Duke Alumni Travels in the Office of Alumni Affairs at Duke University. At Duke since 2005, Ray-Schroeder has also alumni education initiatives and priorities

of the alumni travel program. She now organizes more than 40 educational travel programs annually, which comprise vendor itineraries and in-house customized programs showcasing unique Duke entities and are led by Duke faculty. Prior to coming to Duke, Ray-Schroeder lived and worked in Spain and Germany for 17 years. She held positions as a software developer in Madrid, as international systems project manager at Deutsche Lufthansa AG in Frankfurt am Main, and as an organizational consultant in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science and the equivalent degree in Psychology from Duke University, and a M.S. in Organizational Psychology from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Ray-Schroeder is currently serving on the ETC Executive Advisory Council representing the interests of alumni association travel planners in the southeastern United States.

Dan Stypa Photo

Dan Stypa is the Associate Director of Alumni Programs at Rice University (Houston, TX) where he has served for over five years. Stypa is responsible for the Rice Alumni Traveling Owls

program, as well as all other lifelong learning and international engagement initiatives. Additionally, he manages affinity and constituency groups to help engage alumni in meaningful programs and activities that connect alumni and friends back to Rice University. Prior to his current role, Stypa worked at the University of South Florida and coordinated faculty engagement programming for on-campus residential students. Stypa has presented at regional and statewide CASE Conferences and serves on the Greater Houston Partnership Commission. He is passionate about dogs; he has two of his own – Frieda and Knightro – and is active with K-9 Rescue Angels – a nonprofit dog rescue committed to rescuing and rehoming dogs in the greater Houston area. Stypa is originally from Ohio and has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Bowling Green State University (OH) and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee. Dan has attended the Educational Travel Conference for five years. Stypa is a member of the ETC Executive Advisory Council representing ETC Southeast members with travel programs.

USI logo