Board of Directors

The Millennials in Travel Board of Directors include the founding members of the organization. With more than 45 years of combined travel industry experience, these millennial leaders have created an environment that fosters career development for other Millennials and will guide the organization's future. 

Director of Strategic Development
Joshua Smith

Director of Operations
Monika Weinsoft

Director of Communications
Caitlin Murphy

Director of Membership
Kate Mayer 

Director of Strategic Development

Joshua Smith - Goway Travel

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Joshua first started in the industry in 2007 when he began working for the international consortia Virtuoso in Seattle, WA.   After managing Preferred Tour Operators, Joshua focused on further developing the Tourism Board portfolio within the network. Having worked with hundreds of companies and governments, in 2010, Joshua launched a representation company, 45 Degrees Marketing focused on the promotion of international ground operators to the US trade industry. Through this, he consulted with other brands such as Travel Marketing Worldwide, managing the Middle Eastern portfolio and served as the U.S. office for Asia Reps/Luxury Reps . In 2012, Joshua sold the company and started a self-branded consulting company, landing a contract with Travcoa as Independent Journeys Product Manager developing 140 programs in more than 70 countries and launching strategic partnership programs with tourism boards.  In addition to speaking on panels for the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), LA Times Travel Show, and the National Tour Association (NTA), he sat on the Conference Planning Committee of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) and Young Professional Advisory Board for NTA. As CEO and co-founder of Millennials in Travel, he is responsible for branding and the strategy of this national organization. In August 2013, travAlliancemedia appointed Joshua to the hot list of 'Rising Stars' of the travel industry.  Joshua was promoted in 2015 to Associate Director of Private Travel for Travcoa handling strategy, marketing and sales. In October 2016, Joshua launched a boutique travel company, Global Citizen Journeys and returned to consulting within international tourism development.  In early 2018, he joined South African Tourism, managing travel trade relations for the government of South Africa on the West Coast of the US while also beginning a Master of Sustainable Tourism Degree at Arizona State University. Most recently, Joshua began with Goway Travel as Tourism Partnerships Manager, working with tourism boards on cooperative marketing initiatives across the globe.

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Director of Operations

Monika Weinsoft - TL Portfolio

Monika Weinsoft began her career in travel in 2003 and quickly earned distinction as an expert in the luxury cruise market. Recognized as one of the "30 best Travel Advisors under 30" by Travel Agent Magazine in 2008, Monika began focusing her attention on the South Pacific through Tourism Australia's elite team of Aussie Premier Specialists, elevating her status in the industry even further.  As a Luxury Travel Advisor for ten years, Monika focused on family and celebration travel. After a move to Los Angeles, Monika joined Travoca as a Custom Journey planner designing tailor-made journeys around the globe with a focus on exotic destinations. In 2015, Monika shifted her industry expertise to the world of outside sales, representing International Expeditions, Quark Expeditions and Zegrahm Expeditions in the Western US and Canada.  Recently Monika joined the TL Portfolio team, exclusively representing Aqua Expeditions as Director of Sales for North America.   

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Director of Communications

Caitlin Murphy - Leading hotels of the world


After graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in business focusing on hospitality and tourism management, Caitlin fell in love with travel on a backpacking trip through Europe. Upon her return, she made it her goal to help others share that experience. Caitlin has traveled to Vietnam, Cambodia, Italy, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey and Australia. Her primary focus is on developing journeys that attract a younger clientele including honeymoons, adventure travel and tours focused on gastronomy while always focusing on exceptional customer service. As co-founder of Millennials in Travel and its previous concept 'Travelistas', the focus of bringing young professionals in the travel industry together has been the driving force in its sustainability.  

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Director of Membership

kate mayer - tcs world travel


Kate graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in Communication. Before ever leaving the country, she knew early on she wanted to see the world, and a backpacking trip across Europe at 18 helped solidify this. After a career in entertainment instilled a rigorous work ethic, she realized her passion could also be her career, and began working at Travcoa as a Product Specialist in the Operations Department. Originally focusing on escorted group travel in Asia, India and the South Pacific, Kate now works on tours across the globe. Kate is on the board of the Los Angeles chapter of the Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa (APTA), is an avid travel and food blogger and has just traveled to her 30th country. 

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