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“At the 2017 New York Times Travel Show' Family Travel Association's pavilion Kit, moderated and led our session 'Getting Around Family Travel Roadblocks — Top Challenges Keeping Families from Traveling and How to Overcome Them.' Kit did a fabulous job attracting high profile travel industry professionals to participate as panelists in the discussion, including MSC Cruises and Travel with Kids TV & Family Adventure Tours. Kit presented relevant family travel information in a clear, concise and inclusive manner that engaged the audience during the successful hour-long panel discussion. Thanks to Kit's outstanding work, I am sure the association will be asked to return to the New York Times Travel Show.”


— Rainer Jenss
President & Founder
Family Travel Association


“Kit offers years of travel writing and marketing experience, with a keen understanding of what the print and online editor, journalist and blogger is looking for to craft compelling travel stories about your community, no matter it's size. Kit is a passionate about sharing with travelers the Midwest's rich experiences, and particularly telling stories about the treasures in Kansas, of which Kansas tourism officials are deeply appreciative. In 2013, Kit was the recipient of the prestigious Kansas Parks, Wildlife and Tourism "Travel Journalist of the Year Award." So our 2014 Kansas Tourism Conference attendees found enlightening all that she had to say.”


— Karen Hibbard,
2014 President of the Travel Industry Association of Kansas
Director of the Manhattan Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau


“Kit’s presentations at the ETC 2014 and 2103 conferences were exceptional — timely, relevant and engaging. She is a highly skilled moderator as well as an insightful and entertaining presenter.  Kit received very high ratings on her session evaluations, both for delivery and content. “Kit is a fount of knowledge and has a great ability to share her skills with a group.”  She was willing to accommodate any unscheduled changes with grace and professionalism.  I felt very fortunate to have a presenter of Kit’s caliber at the conference.  As such she has a standing invitation to participate in future ETC travel industry events!”


— J. Mara DelliPriscoli,
Founder, Educational Travel
Community President,
Travel Learning Connections, Inc.,


Kit Bernardi has been an adjunct instructor for Loyola University Chicago for four years, teaching a variety of writing-related courses for our non-credit program, Continuum. Through the years, Kit has developed a loyal following of students as a result of her challenging and engaging course content. She remains one of our most popular instructors, and continues to bring new and innovative programming to our diverse audience.


— Caroline Gosselin,
Program Manager Loyola University
Chicago, School of Continuing and
Professional Studies


Kit Speaks

Whether I’m teaching in a classroom, speaking at a conference or leading a webinar, I draw from my experience as both a professional travel journalist and corporate marketing executive to deliver meaningful content.
I’ve participated as a speaker and panel moderator at travel industry conferences including the New York Times Travel Show, Society of American Travel Writers, Educational Travel Conference, Shop America Alliance ONE Travel Conference, Public Relations Society of America, Travel Media Showcase Family Travel Conference and multiple state tourism conferences.
I’ve taught travel writing courses and publishing strategy at Loyola University of Chicago’s School of Continuing Education, University of Chicago Writer’s Studio and Columbia College, Chicago.
An active volunteer in the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), I’ve served as the professional development co-chair for the 2015 SATW Annual Conference and spearheaded educational programs for SATW Editors Council meetings. I was the SATW Marketing Chair (2008-2012) and have chaired the Society’s Geography Education Committee since 2004.


For more, download Kit's resume.

Kit has always brought her son Will on adventures like this one zorbing -- also called globe-riding – how appropriate for a travel editor’s family!