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Sep 22, 2021

TRAVERSE Speaker Preview: Former CIA Deputy Director Philip Mudd

Samantha Shankman

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TRAVERSE 21 is only one week away! The leading travel and tech festival will bring together corporate travel and spend leaders, visionaries, and innovators virtually and in person at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California, on September 29, 2021.

With the countdown on, we’re packing our bags and preparing our questions for headlining speakers like GBTA CEO Suzanne NeufangVisa Director of Fintech Partnerships Jose Cuevas, and many more! Guests can read all about the speakers and see the packed agenda on the TRAVERSE website.

One special guest we’re particularly looking forward to comes from outside the industry: Philip Mudd, First Deputy Director of the National Security Branch (NSB) and Former Deputy Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center, will join TripActions General Counsel Sai Jahann for a fireside chat.

Through his previous roles as a counterterrorism analyst, Mudd has gained unique insights and experience into risk, security, and intelligence threats on a global level. Today, he specializes in security consulting, analytic training, and public speaking about security issues as president of Mudd Management.

He has applied his specific knowledge of international relations into broader themes and wrote a book called The HEAD Game: High Efficiency Analytic Decision-Making and the Art of Solving Complex Problems Quickly.

At TRAVERSE, Mudd’s session will forecast the risks and opportunities for travelers, programs and the country at large in 2022 by looking at the decisions and paradigms made in the wake of 9/11. The fireside discussion will look at how the mental models and lessons learned in that era can be applied today, as individuals, corporations, and governments navigate the return to travel 1.5 years into the coronavirus pandemic.

Mudd’s presence at TRAVERSE highlights the changing nature of corporate travel and the leadership role that travel managers were thrust into back in March 2020. As International travel returns, it’s critical that travel managers apply their hard-won lessons (with some extra tips from Mudd) to their evolving policies and programs.

There’s still time to reserve your spot at TRAVERSE 21 either virtually or live at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco next Wednesday, September 29. Sign up today!

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