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The 570, Part One: Job Market Challenges And How To Change Industries

April 22, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm EDT

During the past year, many had their worlds turned upside down. Careers came to abrupt pauses, leaving professionals wondering when and how they’d again be employed. The Company Dime offered free subscriptions to travel professionals who lost their positions due to the coronavirus and about 570 of you took us up on the offer.

To help those with questions about job searches, career opportunities, résumé building and interviewing, and to provide a forum for commiserating, networking and sharing, we’ve now created a two-part conference call based on feedback gathered from a survey of the 570.

Lea McLeod

Part One is on April 22 at 12 p.m. EDT.

Part One will address the reality that the next career stop for many won’t be in the travel industry. We’ll also talk about all things career-related and, if you’re game, welcome you to share your story.

We’re excited to bring two distinguished guest speakers to this forum.

After a dozen years working in travel category sourcing and service delivery at Hewlett-Packard, Lea McLeod now is a career consultant and coach for individuals and teams.

“Your biggest challenges can nearly always be solved by taking action, and feeling confident when you do,” McLeod wrote on her website. “But you get stuck, because you’re not sure, exactly, what action to take.” The goal is to “become empowered, confident and a little more kick-ass than you may feel right now.”

Suzanne Neufang, GBTA

Suzanne Neufang

Suzanne Neufang has worked outside the travel industry and inside of it at Sabre and HRS. A year ago she was looking for her next employment opportunity and now she’s executive director and CEO of the Global Business Travel Association, the industry’s largest professional membership group.

“Industry players – and professionals — who survived the seismic changes over the past two decades (or two years!) are not anything like who they were back then,” Neufang wrote in a recent GBTA blog post. “The good got better, and they adapted.”

Join us by registering below. Bring your questions and comments!

The second part of the series, Practical Tips For Job Seekers, is scheduled for May 13, featuring Maria Chevalier of PredictX, who also supports industry colleagues via the CTME Search Party, and Travel Staff co-founder Nick Reid. Registration will open soon.

About The Conference Call

Here’s how it works. Scroll down for FAQs.

  1. Register

    Click “Going” below to register. Please register using the U.S. (no AK or HI) or Canada number we should dial to connect you to the conference at start time. (From somewhere else? Register anyway and we’ll send you the details.)

  2. Check your email for confirmation

    Add the event with dial-in details to your calendar. Please don’t share! Our calling service has an attendee cap.

  3. Answer the phone

    At the time of the event, Uberconference* will call you. You may also load up the web page if you want to see the questions and chat.


Will there be a recording?

Yes. We will publish a recording within our follow-up coverage.

Is this a webinar?

No, it’s a conference call.

Is there video?


Can I ask questions?

Yes. You can enter questions and comments in the chatbox — tell us if you’d like to open your line to speak! — or send them privately before, during or after the event by email to team@thecompanydime.com.

Is there a sponsor?


Do the speakers pay to participate?


Will other users see that I’m on the line?

Yes. Uberconference shows icons representing callers.

Does the event “sell out”?

It can. Registration closes on the morning of the event or when we fill up, whichever comes first.

Got a different question, or a comment? Email us.

Talk to you soon!

* Uberconference is not related to Uber.