Women of Colour Technology Award Goes to Worldspan`s Vela McClam-Mitchell

Worldspan has reported that the
National Women of Colour Technology Awards Conference recently selected Vela
McClam-Mitchell to receive its prestigious Special Recognition
McClam-Mitchell, Worldspan vice president and general manager - Worldwide
Travel Supplier Services,
will be honoured for her superior career achievements
at the group`s national conference, September 19-21, at the Hyatt Regency
Hotel in Atlanta.
The awards celebrate the accomplishments of minority women, recognizing
exceptional performance in the fields of technology, engineering and science.
Twenty-six of the country`s most dynamic and successful professional women are
being honoured at the 2002 awards ceremony.
“Vela McClam-Mitchell has long been an essential part of Worldspan`s
success, so we are delighted but not surprised at her choice as a Women of
Color Technology Award winner,” commented Paul J. Blackney, president and
chief executive officer for Worldspan.  “One of Vela`s most valuable strengths
is building relationships with strategic partners—relationships built upon
trust and the knowledge that what Vela promises Worldspan delivers.  Trust is
a precious commodity in today`s business world, and in large measure through
Vela`s leadership, her diligence, and her know-how, Worldspan enjoys the trust
of the partners and customers so vital to our continued success.”
“It is truly an honour to be chosen for this Special Recognition Award,”
said McClam-Mitchell.  “By acknowledging individual success, this award
highlights the vast opportunities for aspiring women everywhere.  I have been
fortunate in my career to be associated with forward-thinking companies such
as Worldspan, where diversity is recognized as an asset and success is
rewarded fairly and equally.  Through programs like the Women of Colour
Technology Awards, more minority women can find success in the technical arena
and receive the recognition they deserve.”
McClam-Mitchell was named to her current position at Worldspan in June
2002.  She is responsible for building and delivering added value to the
company`s travel supplier customer base.  Previously, she served as vice
president - Worldwide E-Commerce Business Development, responsible for
Worldspan`s e-commerce business and consumer travel products.
Earlier, McClam-Mitchell was staff vice president - E-Commerce for
Corporate and Consumer Markets, where she developed key relationships with a
number of leading e-commerce and wireless Internet suppliers.  Prior to that,
as director - Associate Sales and Marketing for Worldspan, she oversaw
worldwide sales and marketing efforts for the company`s products for hotels,
car rental companies, cruise lines and tour operators.
Before joining Worldspan
in 1993, McClam-Mitchell was director - National
and Industry Sales Programs for Northwest Airlines, responsible for the
carrier`s sales and incentive development program for domestic travel
McClam-Mitchell holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a Master of
Science from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and has completed an
executive development program in strategic management at the Wharton School of
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