Please join Seatrade Cruise Global and the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) for the 2018 edition of the Professional Women in Cruise brunch

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Date: Thursday, 8 March 2018

Time: 11 AM - 1 PM 

Location: Room 220/221, Level 2, Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center

Pricing: $70 for WISTA members, $80 for non WISTA members (details on how to become a member of WISTA are listed below)

Details: The 2018 Professional Women in Cruise Brunch, which is taking place on International Women’s Day, will offer an off -the-cuff “coffee talk” discussion on “The Best Career Advice” and "The Best Advice I Never Got"  with a focus on guiding the next generation.  We are looking to engage and present attendees with ideas and issues they are both familiar with and ones that they have never considered regarding talent acquisition and retention.  The panel will talk for approximately 45 minutes before turning the conversation over to the audience for more intimate table chats.


Meet the Moderator

Anna Silva, Manager of Business Development, Total marine Solutions

A proud graduate of State University of New York Maritime College, Anna holds both a Bachelor of Engineering in Naval Architecture and a Master of Science in International Transportation Management. She sailed for several years aboard tugs as the Second Mate before coming ashore. She has worked as a Ship’s Agent, Container Terminal Operations Manager, Stevedore, Port Operations Manager for a major cruise line and a Navigation Instructor at SUNY Maritime College onboard their Training Ship Empire State.

Currently, Anna is the Manager of Business Development at Total Marine Solutions in Fort Lauderdale and maintains a dynamic presence in the local maritime community. She is an active member in the Florida chapter of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA). In May 2017, she was appointed as a Board Member to CareerSource Broward, the local workforce development group, to represent the Maritime Industry. Anna also serves as the Vice President of the South Florida Chapter of the Fort Schuyler Maritime Alumni Association.

Meet the Panel

Renata Ribeiro, Senior Vice President, Guest Commerce, Carnival

Renata Ribeiro is a ten-year veteran of Carnival Cruise Line and currently serves as the company’s senior vice president of guest commerce, responsible for shipboard commercial operations, including shore excursions, retail operations, spa services, photo, casino and art auctions.

Ribeiro has also held management positions within Carnival’s revenue management and itinerary planning divisions, including vice president of fleet deployment and demand strategy.

Prior to joining Carnival, Ribeiro served as director of commercial innovation and director or International Expansion at Natura, a leading cosmetic provider in South America and spent five years as a principal at the Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm.  She also spent five years at the Sao Paulo office of Booz & Co., a management consulting firm that is part of the PwC network. 

Ribeiro earned her MBA from the Wake Forest University School of Business. 

Mary-Ann M. Isinger, Manager, Port Operations, Holland America

Born in Vancouver, BC, Mary-Ann began her career in the shipping industry in 1982 and has been an active member of the shipping community throughout. She began her career working a variety of vessels including general cargo, lumber, container, parcel carriers and cruise vessels operations.

Mary-Ann, has also worked with Pacific Marine Training Institute, British Columbia Institute of Technology and Canada Coast Guard, where she designed, developed and evaluated a number of programs which included Port Operations, Accounting, Ship Brokering and Chartering, Maritime Geography and Maritime Documentation International Trade and Ship Management.

Mary-Ann joined Holland America in 2000 as Manager, Port Operations for Port Everglades and Vancouver. During her tenure, her positioned has expanded to include Western South America, Northern Europe, southern Caribbean, Port Everglades, Tampa and the west coast of Canada.

Olga Piqueras, Managing Director, Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services

Olga has over 25 years of experience in aviation and port operations, joining British Airways in 1987 as an Operations Agent. During her thirteen year career with British Airways, Olga held the roles Duty Manager and Customer Service Manager at Barcelona airport, becoming responsible for all operations and direct revenue. In 2000 Olga joined Eurohandling UTE BCN, a start-up ground handling company, coaching and leading a team of 150 staff during a year-long project. In 2003 Olga joined Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services as Operations Director, responsible for international operations worldwide, encompassing over 60 countries and 300 ports. In 2016 Olga became Intercruises Managing Director and now leads the business. Olga has a Certificate in Management from Oxford Brooks University, an International MBA from La Salle, Manhattan College and has completed numerous business and operations training courses. 

Jennifer Nugent-Hill, Director of Governmental and Community Affairs, Tropical Shipping USA, LLC

Jennifer Nugent-Hill began her career in shipping and trading at Tropical Shipping in 1995 as the Island Manager for St. Croix US Virgin Islands. Prior to her joining Tropical Shipping she served the people of the US Virgin Islands thru the post-recovery period from the devastation of category 5 Hurricane Hugo as the first female Commissioner of Housing, Sports , Parks and Recreation. She received unanimous confirmation by the Virgin Islands Legislature who supported her appointment by Governor Alexander Farrelly and served with him thru the end of his tenure as Governor in 1994.

She has had a steady career path at Tropical Shipping when she was appointed in 1999 as the Trade Manager for the British and United States Virgin Islands. She was later promoted to Assistant Vice President for Governmental Affairs for Tropical Shipping.

In January 2012 she return home the VI to public service where she was appointed as Chief Operating Officer and Asst. CEO of the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (VIEDA) where she successfully led the marketing and promotional strategies for the US Virgin Islands economic tax incentive program as well as managed the daily operations of the Industrial Parks for the VIEDA.
Jennifer returned to Tropical Shipping in 2015 as Director of Governmental and Community Affairs where she oversees the company’s community affairs and manages its corporate giving portfolio. She’s also responsible for establishing and maintaining positive synergies with partners in both government and community sectors. She serves on the company’s Diversity & Multicultural Leadership Mentoring Team whose mission is coaching and mentoring the identified ‘high potential employees’.

Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Social Welfare Sciences. She is socially conscious and serves on several community based organizations including the Governing Board of Trustees for the University of the Virgin Islands, Board of the Caribbean Central America Action group ( Wash DC, member of The Ocean & Coastal Observing Board –VI (OCOVI), retired board member the Bank of St. Croix (recently acquired by United Fidelity), member of Women in Maritime Association Caribbean (WiMAC) and member WISTA- Florida Chapter.


WISTA is an international organization for women in management positions involved in the maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide. It is a major player in attracting more women to the industry and in supporting women in management positions. Members strive to be professional, dynamic, open-minded and committed in all aspects of their professional and personal lives.  With networking, education and mentoring in focus, WISTA seeks to enhance members’ competence and empower career success. 

As a networking association, WISTA’s goal is to advance the interests of women in the maritime industry, through the exchange of contacts and experiences.  Whatbegin in 1974 as a UK Christmas luncheon of women tanker brokers has grown to an international organization of over 2100 members in 36 countries and counting.   Although geographically spread out, WISTA members stay connected digitally via our web page (, Twitter, Instagram #WISTAGRAM, Facebook, LinkedIn and the Hashtag #WISTA.