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2024 Maine Governor's Conference on Tourism

April 24-25, 2024 | Holiday Inn By The Bay, Portland, Maine

About The Conference

The Maine Office of Tourism presents the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism, a two-day event for tourism and hospitality professionals from across the state. In addition to a presentation of the Maine Office of Tourism’s annual report on the “state of the state” for tourism, and roll-out of the marketing plan and creative for the coming year, the conference features dynamic and relevant workshops, inspiring keynote speakers, and multiple networking opportunities for the tourism industry. This is Maine’s premiere tourism event and if you’re in the industry – we’ll see you there!

April 24-25 2024 | Holiday Inn By The Bay | Portland, Maine

2023 Keynote Speaker

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Stephen Shedletzky
The Optimism Company
from Simon Sinek

Stephen Shedletzky—or “Shed” to his friends—helps leaders listen and nurture the voice of others. He supports humble leaders that put their people and purpose first, all while knowing they are both a part of the problems they experience and part of the solutions they seek to create.

A sought-after speaker, coach, and advisor, Shed has led hundreds of keynote presentations, workshops, and leadership development programs around the world. As a thought-leader on psychological safety in the workplace, he works with leaders in all industries where human beings work. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Speak-Up Culture: When Leaders Truly Listen, People Step up (Page Two, 2023).

After years on a corporate track, Shed was introduced to Simon Sinek and inspired by his work. Soon after their meeting, Shed joined Simon’s team. For more than a decade, Shed has contributed to Simon Sinek, Inc., where as Chief of Staff, Head of Brand Experience, and Head of Training & Development, he has led a global team of speakers and facilitators. Shed continues to speak and facilitate with Simon Sinek, Inc., helping to create a more inspired, safe, and fulfilled world.

Shed graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business with a focus on leadership, communication, and strategy. He received his coaching certification from The Co-Active Training Institute. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two young children.



Event Partners


Interested in getting involved? Contact Gregg Shapiro, Green Tree Event Consultants,, 207-781-2982 x130

Activity Maine
Amtrak Downeaster
Atlas Obscura, Inc.
Cross Insurance Center
Down East Magazine
Efficiency Maine
Explore New England
Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine's Workforce

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