Speaking Engagements & Workshops

Cheryl Hargrove is frequently asked to speak at conferences, including the World Heritage Forum in Copenhagen, the Canadian Museum Association, the China Leadership Summit, the Educational Travel Conference, the APEC Tourism Policy Forum, and numerous state and regional conferences. 

Recent Speaking Engagements & Workshops

“Rural Tourism Best Practices” – Tennessee Rural Tourism Summit (September 13, 2023 – Knoxville)

“Creating Paths to Funding” – Balancing Nature and Commerce Webinar for the Conservation Fund (June 27, 2023)

“Update on Louisiana Birding Trails” and Session Facilitation on Rural Tourism Strategic Plan – Louisiana Rural Tourism Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (May 3-5, 2023)

“The Role of Arts and Culture in Community Placemaking” – Appalachian Health Leadership Forum organized by The Center for Rural Health Development, Stonewall Resort, West Virginia (April 28, 2023)

“Assets for Tourism-Based Economic Development” – Association County Commissioners of Georgia  organized by Carl Vinson Institute of Government, UGA, Savannah, Georgia (April 27, 2023)

“Cultural Tourism Trends: How to Responsibly and Collaboratively Tell Community Stories”  – Travel Unity Southeast Summit, Lake Charles, Louisiana (March 29, 2023)

“Tourism in Georgia: Concepts and Partnerships” + “Navigating through Any Crisis: Strategies & Steps” Cities United Summit – Georgia Municipal Association, Atlanta,  Georgia (January 21, 2023) 

Ecotourism: Opportunities and Challenges for the Georgia Coast”  – Coastal Awareness & Responsible Ecotourism Certification (CARE) Course (March 1, 2023)

Trends & Opportunities Post-COVID”; “Creating Civility & Building Community Capacity & Partnerships”  – Appalachian Gateway Communities Initiative hosted by The Conservation Fund, Appalachian Regional Commission, and National Endowment for the Arts, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina (October 27-29, 2023)

Trends in Cultural Heritage Tourism/Educational Travel”; Workshop on Experiential Attractions and Visitor Engagement – Guest Relations Association Annual Meeting, Berea, Kentucky (September 13-14, 2023)

Placemaking & Placekeeping” – Conservation Fund Community Workshop, Madison/Boone County, West Virginia (June 20, 2022)

Trends in Heritage Tourism – Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism (March 3, 2021)

Other Select Speaking Topics & Workshops

“Building Better Boards” – Webinar for Appalachian Regional Commission COVID-19 Nonprofit Technical Assistance Program (March 2021)

“Cultural and Natural Heritage Preservation: Local Planning & Development in Global Travel & Tourism” – Georgetown University, Washington DC (November 2020) 

“Cultural Heritage Tourism: Overview, Trends, Issues, and Opportunities for Sustainable Management and Growth” – Cape Breton University, Newfoundland (October 2020) 

“Heritage Tourism: Making the Past Relevant to Current & Future High-Value Visitors”  – New Jersey Conference on Tourism – Atlantic City, New Jersey  (December 2019)

“Measuring Success” and “Role of Arts in Rural Economic Development” – Regional Appalachian Gateway Community Workshop organized by The Conservation Fund, Appalachian Regional Commission, and National Endowment for the Arts, Bristol, Tennessee (November 2019)

“Outlook for Heritage Tourism – Overview, Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities for Sustainable Growth” – Marketing Outlook Forum, Bethesda, Maryland (October 2019) 

“The Necessary Reset: The Historic House Dilemma” – National Park Service Regional Conference, Jacksonville, Florida (September 2019) 

Project Financing & Fundraising” and “Measuring Success” – Advanced Gateway Conference sponsored by The Conservation Fund, Shepherdstown, West Virginia (August 2019)

“Cultural Heritage Preservation as an Economic Development Strategy” (keynote) – Revitalization Revival: A Big Tent Approach to Preservation, Pulaski, Virginia (May 2019)

“Reframing the National Conversation in U.S. Cultural Heritage Tourism” (keynote) – Synergy Summit for Cultural & Heritage Tourism, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (May 2019)

“Best Practices in Rural Tourism” – Louisiana Rural Tourism Conference, organized by the Louisiana Office of Tourism  (May 2019)

“Developing a Destination” – Balancing Nature & Commerce Workshop organized by the Conservation Fund, Brandywine Valley, Delaware (April 2019)

State of Gateway Communities in America” –  National Summit for Gateway Communities, Shepherdstown, West Virginia (December 2018)

“Making Connections to Your Community & Beyond” – National Wildlife Refuge (U.S. Department of Interior) Visitor Services Conference, Shepherdstown, West Virginia (November 2018)

“Developing and Marketing Visitor-Ready Experiences” – Louisiana Byways Workshop (July 2018)

“Role of Arts in Rural Economic Development and Cultural Heritage Tourism” – Webinar for The Conservation Fund (June 2017)

“Heritage Tourism in 21st Century America” (keynote) – 31st Annual Virginia Preservation Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia (October 2016)

Facilitator for 3 Sessions “Digital Destination Management & Converting Interest to Action,” “Wed Tech – The Technology Driving the Weddings Market,” and “Farmer’s Maret to Market Square: The Global Guide to Culinary Tourism” – Hawai’i Tourism Conference, Honolulu, Hawai’i (September 2016)

“Cultural Heritage Tourism” (keynote) – Revitalize Washington (Main Street) Conference, Chelan, Washington (May 2016)

“Creating a Fundraising Board: Youth INC, A Case Study” – The Foundation Center, New York, New York (December 2012)

“Building the Best Board for Challenging Times” – GuideStar Webinar (July 2012)