"Travel Unity believes so much in the bedrock of diversity and inclusion in the workplace that it is the first pillar of our DEI Standards for Travel & Tourism - Management & Workforce. Far too often, organizations look at diversity in ways that seem more like tokenism. They mumble about how bad they feel about having a staff that does not seem outwardly diverse and blush at the lack of diversity in their marketing collateral. To truly get to the core of these issues, this work starts by organizations establishing and maintaining inclusive practices for their employees. From there, the rest of the work can follow."
Roni Weiss is the Executive Director of Travel Unity, a 501(c)(3) focuses on increasing diversity in the world of travel. He was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in Snohomish County, Washington, north of Seattle.
At the age of 10, Roni began attending Edmonds Community College (now Edmonds College), receiving his Associate’s of Arts and Science with Honors at the age of 12. He graduated from Lynnwood High School at the age of 15, then attended the University of Washington, receiving double Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in Drama and English at the age of 18.
Through years of world travels, Roni visited 70+ countries, including every country in Europe, six of seven continents, and taught English in Italy, France, Taiwan, and Chile, both to youth and professionals.
In 2011, Roni founded RW Social, a marketing and consulting company for the travel industry and nonprofits. From 2011 to 2016, Roni worked with Africa Travel Association (now Africa Tourism Association), assisting with and speaking at ATA’s events in NYC, DC, and multiple African countries.
In 2013, RW Social launched the New York Travel Festival, an event focused on innovation and sustainability in the world of travel, which served as the genesis for Travel Unity, where he now serves as Executive Director.
Roni lives in Westchester County, NY with his partner, Lauren, and their four children.