Vallie Szymanski

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In her previous career, Vallie served as the Executive Director of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program, a city-sponsored non-profit organization under the auspices of the Mayor’s Office of International Relations. In this capacity, Vallie was responsible for complete oversight of the program’s operations, staff and board of directors. Some of the initiatives Vallie has professionally worked to impact are: restructuring the CSCIP Board of Directors; creating an operational effectiveness model to best utilize the varied talents of the CSCIP team; negotiating corporate sponsorships with The Boeing Company, Motorola, United Airlines and the Chicago Sun-Times; and implementing large-scale, signature events like the annual Sister Cities International Festival on Daley Plaza and the World Fashion Chicago runway show.   Prior to joining Chicago Sister Cities, Vallie spent 19 years in senior management positions with United Airlines. Her duties included the coordination of many high level international events highlighting United’s strong international route structure. In addition, there was a heavy focus on the inbound international tourism market as it related to promoting the City of Chicago, Capital Region and the State of California, an international leisure destination. Early in her career, Vallie worked for Pan American World Airways and IVI Travel.   Vallie is an avid traveler, having visited all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. She has also traveled to more than 70 countries in Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, Indian Subcontinent, South Pacific, Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America.
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