• 2016: The Year in Review

    December 22nd

    The Year in Review 2016

    What a busy year it has been! Here is a quick recap of ATA’s 2016.

    At ATA, we relish the exercise of matching audience to pursuit, inquiry to expert, and teasing out a theme that doesn’t just showcase a destination, but explores it, revealing to travelers its nuance and layers. By narrowing the focus, we broadened the appeal of trip themes as diverse at D-Day, Cuban Baseball, Cinematography at the Cannes Film Festival, Jewish Life in Central Europe, Alexander The Great in Greece, the Northern Ireland Peace Process, the Great War, the Israeli-Palestinian relationship, and the Battle of Shiloh.

    New Relationships

    It was our utmost pleasure to serve several new partners this year: The Walters Art Museum, The Ocean Conservancy, the Delaware Technical Community College, The California Speech and Hearing Association, and The Stuart Foundation. Whether it was in Napa Valley, Cuba, or Finland, we worked hard to help these prestigious organizations exceed their members’ expectations.

    News From Our Divisions

    CET kicked off the year in January with a fabulous meeting in Shanghai (called “RD Gras”) and brought together its worldwide team with its esteemed academic partners. New programs in Taiwan and Argentina will roll out next year, bringing the number of countries in which CET operates to 10! Professionals Abroad delegations continue to make an impact on professionals in the fields of medicine, law, and education. A highlight this year was the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys’ trip to the Netherlands. Delegates took a private tour of Hogeweyk, the renowned pioneering care facility for dementia patients. They were deeply impacted, and came home with new ideas to bring to their communities.

    Left to Right: Titus Yao, Brooke Heil, Lydia Hollingsworth, Kristen Sotzing, Melinda Schrom, Jennifer Davies, Michelle Foley, Tara Vanacore, Amy Roshannon, Jonathan Stern, Jessica Kuh.

    Our Incredible Team

    We were humbled this year when our staff voted us a “Top Workplace” by The Washington Post! Indeed, the bar is very high for us to continue to attract and retain the very best candidates in the fields of study abroad and international travel!  We also welcomed a great group of new staff this year in all areas of the company.

    Left to Right: (Back row) Tim Baird, Sarah Saleh, Megan Brothers, Todd Skauge, Rebekah McCann, Stacie Kellerman. (Front Row) Megan Burden, Kate Davis, Randall Salisbury.

    ATA in the World 

    One of the pillars of ATA’s mission is to “contribute meaningfully to our world, our field and our community.” Many staff and colleagues increased access to study abroad by supporting the important work of the Fund for Education Abroad. We ran in the Cherry Blossom 10-mile race in April, hosted guests at the 6th anniversary D.C. gala in November, and sponsored other events to increase the number of scholarships available to underrepresented students. A team of ATA volunteers flew to Minneapolis to help National Park Service staff restore the savannah oak prairie and wetlands in the Mississippi River Recreation Area. We also lobbied on Capitol Hill for legislation that promotes the visa waiver program, airport modernization, and expanded opportunities to travel to Cuba.

    Our Thanks and Gratitude

    We are so grateful for the travelers who count on us to enrich their lives through innovative, educational trips; for the colleges and universities who entrust us to shape their students into global problem-solvers, and to the professional associations who ask us to help advance research across borders.

    Our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

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    Chase Poffenberger
    Executive Vice President