General Session Speaker

Quendrida Whitmore

Senior Consultant
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Leading NOW

Quendrida Whitmore, Senior Consultant with Leading NOW, gained her extensive career experience leading teams in the retail industry for more than 25 years. Her career journey started with Target Corporation, where she served in various areas of the organization, specifically, as a buyer in merchandising, director in loss prevention, and senior director in operations. She subsequently moved to Ross Stores, where she was promoted to regional vice president of operations. She then became a senior vice president in hospitality and operations with WeWork as Head of Community, in the United States, Canada, Peru, and Costa Rica.

Quendrida received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, her master’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Texas Woman’s University, and her EdD (Doctor of Education) degree from the University of Southern California with a focus on Organizational Change and Leadership.

A 2023 Executive-in-Residence at Boston University School of Hospitality, Quendrida is also a certified coach having earned her CPCC (Certified Professional Career Coach certification) from Co-Active Training Institute. A member of Women Leading Travel & Hospitality and Women in Retail Leadership Circle, Quendrida coaches and speaks frequently at their respective conferences.