2019 Events

The membership of the Women in Buses Council shall meet periodically at times and places set by the Leadership Team.  Notice of the meeting and a proposed agenda shall be sent to the members in advance of the meeting.

Women at Work: Leadership Hacks to Accelerate Your Ascent

August 15, 2019 | 2-3 PM ET
Sima Dahl

Underemployed? Capable of more? Ready to take your seat at the table? Ladies, it’s Go Time! It’s time to stop struggling in what has long been called a man’s world and start succeeding in the sphere of self-promotion. This session is a must for every female leader ready to propel herself forward. From self-awareness through executive presence and personal influence, you’ll leave with an iron-clad list of essential behaviors to start, stop and continue to make 2019 the year of you!

Executive Management Committee

August 27 | 2-3 PM ET
Agenda | Discussion on Leadership Styles, Qualities, & Traits and Quizzes Which Can Indicate Best Suited Roles

November 5 | 2-3 PM ET
Agenda | Hiring Practices

Operations and Maintenance Committee

August 29 | 2-3 PM ET
Agenda | General Discussion on Operations & Maintenance Issues Impacting Your Company

November 7 | 2-3 PM ET
Agenda | The 5 Must-Haves of a Reservations System

Travel, Tour and Charter Committee

August 28 | 2-3 PM ET
Agenda | Unraveling the NPS Fee Structure Mystery | In April 2018, the National Park Service (NPS) finalized two proposals that considerably increase the fees and administrative costs for commercial road-based tour operators to bring tour groups to NPS sites, including parks, seashores, monument etc.  These changes are to go into effect on October 1, 2019.  The primary purpose of these increased cost burdens is for NPS to generate revenue pay for its $12 billion maintenance backlog. The first proposal increases the entry fees to visit an NPS site, and eliminates the vehicle entrance fee in favor of a per passenger entry fee, for groups.  The second proposal requires commercial road-based tour operators to obtain a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) for each NPS site they plan to visit on tour.  To obtain a CUA for a season it will require:  1.  The submission of an application (at a cost of $300); 2. The payment of a $5/passenger management fee for every passenger brought to the NPS site using the CUA (for the entire season); and 3.  the filing of an annual report for each CUA obtained, in addition to submitting any fees that were not paid at the entrance to an NPS site. Together, these two changes not only significantly increase the cost of group travel by motorcoach to every NPS site, but they cause all sorts of confusion for operators.  Further, because NPS has failed to provide much detail or outreach on the program or how it will be executed, and local NPS officials have not received training on these new changes, motorcoach and tour operators are left with little information or support on how to comply with the changes.

November 6 | 2-3 PM ET
Agenda | How to Put Your Email Marketing on Autopilot in 3 Easy Steps | When it comes to marketing, do you have too much to do and not enough time to do it? Marketing can be a fabulous lead generator for any business, but often is the first thing to be cast aside when work gets too busy. Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring in sales more frequently without having to spend a lot of time doing so? It’s possible with email marketing!  Jeannine O’Neil of JO Social Branding will guide you through the email marketing landscape and share simple ways to use automation tools to repeatedly reach new and existing customers. In this session, you’ll learn how to: increase email signups with dynamic forms, engage new subscribers with a simple two-part automated series and use click segmentation and automation to send more timely and relevant emails.

In the end, you will have loads of tips and a road map on how to set up automation emails in the off-season, so that you will be ready to hit the pavement when things get busy.

Women in Buses Council Meeting | Sat., Jan. 26 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | ABA's Marketplace | Louisville, KY

Presentation on Grants and RFP Process | Presented by Lynn Sansone