Are you interested in expanding your resume and professional network? Join a SITE Chicago Committee! Being involved in a committee takes volunteering to another level of engagement with the chapter. We are looking for members who like to be involved, make a difference and want to enhance their career.


SITE Chicago is committed to making the committee experience valuable, educational and most importantly, fun. As a committee member, you will belong to a group of passionate individuals who invest their time in SITE Chicago. As you know, a strong board and effective committees are crucial to our chapter’s growth and success, so please consider joining us!




SITE Chicago President

Diane Murray

Chi Connections is SITE Chicago’s members-only program bringing together experienced and growing industry professionals across the organization. Whether you are an industry veteran, a brand-new member, or going through a career transition, this program can help you achieve your specific individual goals.

Young Leader Mentee: any member younger than 35 years or has less than 5 years of industry experience

Mentor: Experienced Professional with more than 5 years in the industry

The purpose of Chi Connections is to match Young Leaders with experienced professionals to share career path coaching, networking and leadership development through one-on-one meetings and organized engagements. The program aims to make connections and promote growth across industry segments regardless of industry knowledge and tenure.


2019-2020 MENTORS


Angelique Bernier

Angelique is responsible for new client acquisition and strategic account management at Next Level Performance. With over 25 years of meeting and incentive experience, Angelique has expertise in designing high-touch meetings and incentive programs as well as sales engagement solutions and sponsorship development. Her projects have included large-scale outdoor music festivals, citywide trade shows, VIP board retreats, and experiential events with proven results. She prides herself on becoming an extension of her clients’ brands and taking a collaborative approach to finding the right solutions for each organization. Angelique is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS), a certified Corporate Social Responsibility practitioner and serves on the SITE Chicago Board of Directors.


Lindsey Gift Silver

Lindsey has been working in luxury hotel sales for the past ten years, always based in Chicago. Her positions within the hotel world have ranged from being on-property, to home-based for a single property, to global sales for two luxury brands. She is currently the Associate Head of Sales, North America for Oetker Collection and handles all market segments including both leisure and MICE, looking after the Midwest and Eastern Canada territories.

Prior to being in the hospitality industry, she worked in other sales roles within the city including the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and ClubCorp. She previously served on the Florida State University Alumni Board as President of the Windy City Seminoles. Lindsey has a passion for luxury hotels, exceptional service, and attention to detail. When she is not traveling for work she enjoys her time being active at home with her two boys, Brady (6) and Harry (5) and her husband Damian.


Marla Everett

Marla is a meeting and event professional with more than 20 years of experience designing operational teams globally, building strong client-centric solutions, leading sales efforts for account growth and expansion, and maximizing value between buyers and suppliers. She started her career at the Hyatt National Sales Office in Chicago as a Sales Assistant before making the leap to the 3rd party incentive side of the business.She believes in applying design thinking to create win/win solutions for employees, clients and suppliers. In addition, Marla has served on the SITE Chicago Board of Directors for 3 years where one of her greatest accomplishments included helping the chapter win the first ever SITE Global Chapter Excellence Award: Young Leaders. When she is not working, Marla enjoys spending time with her family and cheering for the Chicago Cubs and Florida State Seminoles.


Rick Hud

Rick has been in the travel industry for many years, sustaining multiple changes in management and technology.Throughout these years, he has managed to stay employed and relevant.Rick started his career working for the airlines (Continental, Aloha and Mid Pacific) and then transitioned to working for a wholesaler called United Vacations, a subsidiary of United Airlines.After that, he took a job in the Hotel Industry, representing four Resorts in Hawaii, moved oceans and ran the office for the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, then the El Conquistador Resort.Rick’s current employer is the San Francisco Travel Association (CVB) and he has been at this position for the past 10 years.What is most interesting about his career is that he did all of this while residing in a suburb of Chicago.My advice to all is that each move I made had a strategic rationale behind it.His resume revealed to a potential employer, that he has a proven track record of success and is willing to take on additional responsibilities to grow his career.Rick looks forward to sharing all that he has learned throughout his career with those willing to share what they have learned.No matter how long you have been in this business.


Rebecca Wright

Rebecca Wright is a Client Engagement Director for Creative Group, Inc., an award-winning full-service meeting, incentive and recognition company. In her role, she leverages data and insights to strategically design meeting and incentive programs for her clients. Her extensive career in leading sales and operations teams has fueled her passion for the business case and transformative power of meetings and incentive travel. An active member of SITE, Rebecca serves on the International Board of Directors as Chapter Liaison, directing initiatives to promote chapter success.

Rebecca is a degreed electrical engineer with experience in leading and supporting sales channels to improved productivity and loyalty. She transitioned to the hospitality industry with a planning role at a luxury travel company where she created and executed high-touch programs that deliver a sense of place, providing surprise and delight to participants, and leaving lasting memories. After directing sales efforts at that same company and planning incentive travel programs, Rebecca fully transitioned fully into the MICE market by joining Creative Group. Prior to her current role, she led an operations team at Creative Group, driving towards client service excellence while streamlining processes.



Chi Connections will begin to take applications for 2020 – 2021 mentorships starting in July 2020.


For more information or questions about the program, please contact Sophia Lin Kanno, Board of Director for Young Leaders.

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