Mina Shafiee, 26
Lock Travel Management
When Mina Shafiee graduated from UC Irvine with her degree in sociology and political science, she found herself a position as an assistant to Stacy Small of Elite Travel International. She then moved to Cassis Travel, selling corporate, leisure and entertainment travel. She became a manager by the age of 24.
Shafiee didn’t always have her sights set on being an advisor, but her older sister, Nicole, who was an employee with Hyatt Global at the time, helped her narrow down her possibilities after graduating.
“I wanted to work in hospitality,” Shafiee tells us. “I needed to find an outlet that would allow me to be creative and entrepreneurial. It was then that we decided the agency sector was the right fit for me.”
Currently, she works for Lock Travel Management, an entertainment travel company, where she manages tours and festivals. Before her career in the industry, as an attendant she gave “little to no thought” in the planning process; however, now she has found an appreciation for what those in her position were required to do, i.e., the logistics for the driver rooms, difference in band and crew hotels, security detail, and more.
Shafiee is also in the process of earning her Masters Degree in global hospitality leadership from Georgetown University, as well as spending time as an intern with ASTA “to understand the political side of the industry.” Prior to moving to the East Coast for graduate school, Shafiee founded the Young Travel Professionals Los Angeles Chapter — her hometown — and was a pioneer in implementing educational networking events called Leadership Labs, aimed at helping young professionals grow their talent.