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Disaster relief focus for Seatrade's Professional Women in Cruising Brunch

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The Professional Women in Cruising Brunch is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at the Miami Beach Convention Center
Disaster relief recovery is the focus for Seatrade Cruise Global's Professional Women in Cruising Brunch.

The April 23 event features an expert panel that will examine the framework for disaster recovery including first response, logistics, sustainability and philanthropy.

'Relief, Rebuild, Recover'

'Relief, Rebuild, Recover ... How the Cruise Industry Reacts to Natural Disasters' features Capt. JoAnn Burdian,  commander, Sector Miami,  US Coast Guard; Katherine Forbes-Smith, managing director, Bahamas Disaster Recovery Authority; Amanda Martin, director of communications, Mission Resolve; Rick Sasso, chairman, MSC Cruises USA; and Lisa Schillig, directorof port and terminal operations, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. Panel moderator is Anna Silva, acting assistant director of operations, Port Everglades.

Benefits Mercy Ships

Hosted in partnership with the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association, the brunch event will benefit Seatrade Cruise Global’s longtime nonprofit partner, Mercy Ships. Mercy Ships delivers free, life-changing surgeries to some of the world's neediest people.

'Through the ongoing support of this group of inspiring women, Mercy Ships is able to empower, train and provide resources for other women in the most impoverished nations in the world to achieve their goals and make a lasting impact,' said Russ Holmes, director of corporate development for Mercy Ships. 'These contributions open doors for women such as Dr. Odry Agbessi, the first female plastic surgeon in her home country of Benin, who completed a mentorship program with Mercy Ships and now mentors other surgeons throughout sub-Saharan Africa and often returns to the Africa Mercy as a training volunteer.'

Social impact and sustainability

Social impact and sustainability are key themes of Seatrade Cruise Global. This year the Safety & Sustainability Theater returns with the latest on cyber, port and tour security systems, biometrics, monitoring and life-saving technologies. New for 2020, as part of the recently launched Seatrade Cruise Expeditions, the Expedition Cruising & Sustainability conference track will explore industry-wide environmental advances including sustainability technologies and innovations on board and ashore. Session topics will include the evolving expedition marketplace, eco-conscious cruising and sustainable tourism.

FCCA Foundation

Other annual philanthropic efforts at Seatrade Cruise Global include the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's signature fundraising event on April 22 to support the FCCA Foundation's humanitarian work in the Caribbean, Central and South America and Mexico. The networking evening gathers leading cruise line executives and industry stakeholders.

Designing women panel

In additional women-oriented programming, a Designing Women Panel is set for April 22. Panelists include Francesca Bucci, president, BG Studio; Anne Mari Gulikstad, CEO, YSA Design; and Paris Swann, AVP, architectural design, Celebrity Cruises, newbuilding & innovation, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Catherine Martin, editor of Starboard Magazine, is the moderator.

Information/registration for Seatrade Cruise Global, April 20-23 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, is here

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