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IAAPA Leadership Summit 2020


Event Type: Connections
Venue: In-Person
Region: IAAPA Global
Member Price: $1,150 | Nonmember Price: $1,550
CEU's: None

Fostering Innovation Through Creativity

Discover how you can expand your imagination alongside other industry veterans during IAAPA Leadership Summit 2020 in Los Angeles, California, March 11-13, 2020. Check back for updates.

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Why Attend?

Experience unique opportunities to network, engage in thought-provoking discussions, learn best practices, and collaborate with colleagues old and new. Don't miss this opportunity to refresh your outlook and gain a new perspective for inspiration!

What to Expect

You'll have the chance to go behind-the-scenes of Los Angeles’ most celebrated attractions and cultivate long-lasting connections, and have quality, one-on-one face time with decision makers.


Book your room for IAAPA Leadership Summit 2020 with the special group rate!

SLS Hotel 
465 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, California   90048 USA

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Wynn Las Vegas

Host Hotel: Wynn Las Vegas 

  • $749 Single Attendee
  • $1399 Double 

Price includes accommodations at the Wynn Las Vegas for March 13-16, 2020 as well as 2 luncheons, 2 dinners, and tour admissions. NOTE: Attendees are responsible for own transportation to Las Vegas and breakfasts.


Location: Albert Ballroom

Hal McEvoy, IAAPA President & CEO
Amanda Thompson OBE, COE, IAAPA Chairman of the Board

Location: Albert Ballroom

 Jill Estorino, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products.

Location: Albert Foyer
Location: Albert Ballroom


  • John Lindsay


  • Roberta Perry, VP Business Development Edwards Technologies Inc.,
  • Cliff Warner, Chairman, Mycooto, Monty Lunde, Principal, Technifex
Location: The Bazaar by Jose Andreas

Panel | Free time in the Park | Reception

Board buses with your fellow attendees and visit the much anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and enjoy free time in the park. A reception will follow.

Disneyland portion of event and reception sponsored by:


Location: Albert Ballroom


  • Anne Rashford, Director, Special Exhibitions, Museum of Science and Industry


  • Karen Irwin, President and COO, Universal

Lunch | Freetime in the Park | Tour

Board buses with your fellow attendees for a tour at Six Flags Magic Mountain. You'll enjoy private lunch outside their latest attraction opening, West Coast Racers, followed by free time in the park.

Batman the Ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Bonzai Pipeline at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Crazinity at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Tour and lunch at Six Flags Magic Mountain sponsored by:


Presentation | Interactive Experience | Reception

Enjoy a presentation and interactive experience at DreamWorks Animation. Reception to follow.

No scheduled activities.

Location: Albert Ballroom

Peter van Roden, Senior Vice President, Global Themed Entertainment Warner Bros.

Location: Albert Foyer
Location: Albert Ballrooom

Jake Wood, Co-Founder and CEO of Team Rubicon

Location: The Bazaar by Jose Andreas
Location: SLS Garden Terrace

Free evening upon arrival.

Location: Manzo’s (Eataly) 

tentative time

Location: La Cove (Wynn)

* if anyone wishes to stay over on Sunday, this is on their own*


Jill Estorino Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Sales for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

Jill Estorino

Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Sales, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

As Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, Jill and her team are responsible for marketing and selling Disney destinations, products, experiences, and signature vacations around the world.

Jill’s Walt Disney Company career began with travel trade sales in domestic and international markets for the Walt Disney World Resort. Since then, she has held a variety of site-based and global leadership roles, eventually serving as Senior Vice President, Marketing Strategy for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Under her leadership, the team developed strategies to drive attendance and occupancy for Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, and Disney Vacation Club.

Prior to her current role, Jill served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Asia Pacific for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, with a focus on accomplishing revenue goals and ensuring a consistent brand presence in the APAC region.

Jill is a member of the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products Executive Committee, as well as the Hong Kong Disneyland Board of Directors. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Education.

Karen Irwin, President and COO Universal Studios Hollywood

Karen Irwin

President and COO, Universal Studios Hollywood

Karen Irwin is President and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Studios Hollywood, overseeing all business operations for the theme park and adjacent Universal CityWalk.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Irwin was Executive Vice President of Global Merchandise and Partnership Development for Universal Parks and Resorts, leading a corporate-level team responsible for retail concept and product development, planning, compliance and licensed brand management, including the development and launch of retail programming for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. During that time, she was also responsible for Partnership Development, supporting NBCU Corporate Sponsorships and other UPR global, strategic relationships.

Ms. Irwin began her career with Universal Orlando in 1990 as part of the opening team for Universal Studios Florida. She has served in several leadership and department-head capacities including: Director of Operations and Director of Support Services for Food and Beverage, Vice President of Merchandise Operations and Vice President of Revenue Operations. She moved to Universal Parks and Resort Corporate Team as Vice President of Partnership Development in 2004.

Ms. Irwin has served on the Executive Committee for the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, Boards of Directors for the Rosen School of Hospitality at The University of Central Florida and Valencia Community College. She has also been President of Universal Orlando Volunteer Board and Chair of the Universal Workplace Giving Campaign. She currently serves on Boards for L.A. Tourism and Convention, the L.A. Sports and Entertainment Commission, Visit California and the Universal Studios Hollywood Discover a Star Foundation.

A graduate of the University of Florida, with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the College of Journalism and Communications, Ms. Irwin also completed an Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of Business and has 34 years of management and leadership experience in the hospitality industry.

Ms. Irwin and her husband reside in Los Angeles, CA and have 4 children

Jake Wood, cofounder and CEO of Team Rubicon

Jake Wood

Co-founder and CEO, Team Rubicon

Jake Wood is the cofounder and CEO of Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and deploys military veterans to disaster zones around the world and within the United States. Since 2010, Team Rubicon has scaled to 100,000 volunteers and deployed teams to some of the worst catastrophes of the century.

As a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Wood deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Scout Sniper and earned the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal. A leading veterans’ advocate, Wood has briefed President Obama on veterans’ issues, met with former Presidents Bush and Clinton on veteran transition and disaster response and testified before a Senate committee to improve mental health care services for returning veterans. He has also appeared in the major media, including MSNBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, Al Jazeera, US News & World Report, Forbes, Fox News and penned an op-ed for The New York Times. In 2014, Crown Publishing published Wood’s book, Take Command: Lessons in Leadership.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for this event are now available, but space is limited! Download the Sponsorship Program for Leadership Summit 2020 here, and contact Emily Popovich to confirm your spot. Don't miss the chance to spotlight your company in front of this most influential audience!

IAAPA Leadership Summit 2020 Sponsorship Agreement

Contact Emily Popovich, Director of Global Sponsorships, at +1 703/ 850-4115 or e-mail with questions or special requests.

Photos of IAAPA Leadership Conference 2019 are available here.