A sampling of seminars, workshops and public speaking engagements in which Elaine has participated.

Keynote Speaker at the annual 2016 Travel Professionals of Color Annual National Conference held in April near Los Angeles, CA.


Speaker and host of mentoring sessions at "Women in Travel Summit", a national women’s travel conference which was held in March 2016 near Los Angeles, CA. View Video


Speaker at the annual Nomadness Travel Tribe Conference that was held in New York City in September 2016.

Keynote Speaker at the annual 2015 African American Travel Conference, an association of 2,500 travel planners. It was held in April near Chicago, Illinois.
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Travel Writing and Publishing Seminar in San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Dave Egger’s Writers Education Center/826 Valencia
and moderated by Don George, Global Travel Editor at Lonely Planet


  • John Flinn, Former Executive Travel Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Larry Habegger, Executive Editor of Travelers’ Tales
  • Amanda Jones, freelance travel writer and photographer
  • Elaine Lee, author of Go Girl
  • Moderated by Don George, Global Travel Editor at Lonely Planet

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VONA, Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, Guest Lecturer 2014

Paycation Business Launch Event, Oakland, CA - Presenter 7/2015

Bloom Literary Salon at Laurel Books, Oakland, CA, Presenter. 9/2015

Global Fund for Women Literary Benefit
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Wild Writing Women’s travel writing salon

Opening Address for National Black Travel Writers Symposium
Howard University - 2003

Marin Writer’s Association

Chicago Black Expo -
2000 – Presenter at a Travel Writing Seminar on a Carnaval Caribbean Cruise



"...Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry & narrowmindedness." Mark Twain     

Feedback from organizer of a travel writing and publishing seminar:

“Your anecdotes and advice were so helpful for everyone. From the vibe in the room as well as the written feedback I received, it was clear that the attendees enjoyed themselves and learned a lot from the wisdom you had to share. Hopefully, you enjoyed the evening as much as the audience did. Thanks again for sharing your time and your talents.”

Happy travels,

Leigh Lehman, Development Director

826 Valencia (Dave Eggars Writing Center)

San Francisco, California