Ian Fitzpatrick

Ian Fitzpatrick

Ian speaking at MPact

About Ian Fitzpatrick

Renowned for eloquence and expertise, Ian Fitzpatrick is a distinguished speaker and authority on managing legal and financial risks.

About Ian Fitzpatrick

Ian is recognized for his prowess as both an engaging public speaker and a skilled moderator, commanding the stage with his expansive knowledge across various topics. He shines in solo public speaking roles and equally when joining forces with his wife, Tonya, to create powerful presentations that underscore their shared expertise and dynamic partnership.

His appearances extend from television, where he has been featured on both local and national networks, to podcasts such as AAA, where his expert insights are sought after. Esteemed publications including Success Magazine, AARP, and Black Enterprise have spotlighted his contributions, underscoring his influence and reach.

Ian’s ability to lead captivating discussions makes him a valued moderator at high-profile panels and events, such as those hosted by the North American Travel Journalists Association. Whether presenting alone or alongside Tonya, Ian’s presentations are marked by an engaging delivery style and a comprehensive understanding of his subjects, leaving a lasting impression on his audiences.


Ian’s expertise covers a vast range of subjects, including:

  • Transportation
  • Aviation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Real Estate Development
  • Economic Development
  • Corporate Strategy

Previous Speaking Engagements

Ian Fitzpatrick, a masterful orator and seasoned professional, has captivated audiences with his insightful commentary and expert analysis on legal, development, financial, travel and diversity matters. Below is a selection of his notable speaking engagements, delivered both individually and alongside Tonya on occasion, showcasing his vast experience and influence in the field.

  • Moderator, “Inclusive Marking and Reporting: Reaching Diverse Communities”
  • Moderator, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion discussion for NATJA
  • Panelist, “From Park and Ride to Transit Oriented Development”
  • Panelist, “AI and the Travel Industry: Navigating the Future”
  • Panelist, "Elevating the Travel Experience: Tips for Meaningful Journeys"
  • Panelist, George Washington University Sustainable Economic Development Symposium
  • Moderator, “Initiatives of Change International discussion with Rajmohan Gandhi”

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Renowned for eloquence and expertise, Ian Fitzpatrick is a distinguished speaker and authority on managing legal and financial risks. His leadership is defined by a visionary outlook and a keen ability to solve complex problems with insight. A collaborative and dynamic team member, Fitzpatrick prides himself on his meticulous organization, creativity, and his aptitude for distilling and articulating complex legal and financial matters to diverse audiences across various organizational levels. His proficiency extends to aiding departments and leadership in investment choices, problem-solving, forecasting, and budgeting. He possesses an in-depth understanding of federal and state funding mechanisms, including nuances in contracting, procurement laws (notably COMAR and Board of Public Works regulations), and innovative public finance strategies.

Beyond his professional acumen, Fitzpatrick is an award-winning travel journalist, honored with prestigious accolades from the Society of American Travel Writers, North American Travel Journalists Association, Caribbean Travel Organization, and the Black Travel Summit VICtor Award, marking his influence and contributions to the field. His experience also spans significant management and board roles at two HBCUs, reflecting a commitment to education and leadership development.

With over 25 years of legal practice in Maryland and Washington D.C., Fitzpatrick's journey has been complemented by active community involvement, notably as the Volunteer Coordinator for Montgomery County District 20 during the Moore-Miller Gubernatorial Campaign. He is frequently sought after as a speaker, panel moderator, panelist, and writer, especially on topics concerning Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging within the travel industry and beyond, showcasing his dedication to fostering inclusive environments and dialogue.

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