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Session: Women in Travel & Tourism

Who is Karen Bolinger?

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the Events, Tourism and Hospitality services industry. Skilled in Leadership, Business Transformation, Strategic Planning, Marketing Management, Negotiation, Financial Management, Stakeholder Engagement and Sales.

Speaking and Board experience in Australia and internationally.

Karen is an innovative and outcomes driven C-suite executive who brings strong international experience, across various commercial and not for profit businesses in the travel and tourism industry, backed by an extensive local and global network, to achieve growth with long-term corporate and government partnerships. A trusted adviser to boards earned from a capacity to commercialise ideas, contribute to critical strategy decisions and attain ambitious standards of performance.

A key leader who offers astute insights into highly complex stakeholder environments, with the ability to secure engagement and leverage key partnerships to build advocacy, increase and extend investment. Transforms businesses through strategic visioning, identifying trends, creating new directions to grow market share, shaping leadership culture and utilising innovative technology and communication platforms. Can deliver outcomes within competitive funding constraints and secure the right levels of investment, collaboration and ‘buy in’.

Commercial acumen, financial discipline, strong stakeholder engagement at all levels including government. Leads executive teams by a focus on achievement and motivation, developing a collaborative culture around metrics for accelerated growth and quality outcomes.

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