The third annual AL DÍA 40 Under Forty event serves to highlight and showcase some of the most diverse and influential young professionals in the Philadelphia area.
At this year’s event, which will take place on Friday, August 26, Jeannette Ceja will be one of 40 winners.
Jeannette Ceja is an award-winning bilingual travel journalist, television host, travel consultant, global speaker and CEO of Jet Set with Jeannette.
Ceja is known for her expertise in women’s travel, luxury travel and the Latino-Hispanic traveler demographic, having appeared on BBC World News, ABC7 Los Angeles, WTTW Chicago, FOX 11 Los Angeles, Mexico Travel Channel, KUSI News and other prominent media around the world. Thanks to her level of expertise and dedication, she has been able to travel to more than 60 countries to date.
She is also a strong advocate for women and diversity as Ceja has been a speaker at notable global conferences including The Women Economic Forum, The New York Travel Festival, The Tourism in Romania Conference, Impact Travel Immersion Conference, The Epic Mastermind Conference, and many more.
Ceja is a graduate of Belmont University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. She also completed the Professional Program in Production at UCLA, as well as the Chips Quinn Scholar Program for Diversity in Journalism.
As part of the preparation for the AL DÍA 40 Under Forty event, AL DÍA asked each of the winners a series of identical questions and collected their answers.
Here are Jeannette Ceja’s responses:
What is the biggest challenge you have had to face in your professional career?
I always felt a strong awareness of my ‘why’, ‘what’, but not always the ‘how’. For example, I didn’t know how to contact mentors or ask for help as an early career professional. Another challenge, I underestimated the importance of personal development, mindset and self-love until later in my career.
What steps can be taken to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in your sector? Why is it important to do this?
I believe there is an ongoing need for even more representation, diversity, equity and inclusion in the travel and media industry. From job postings to visibility, I think people want to see themselves more visible in these industries. Growing up, I didn’t see as many women or Latinas specifically on travel shows, but that made me want to do something about it.
I think an important step is to reach out to students and create more internships, scholarships and study abroad opportunities. Additionally, there may still be an increase in mentorship programs, grants, and hiring opportunities for early-career professionals and late-career professionals, including more job fairs and travel events in different languages that host diverse communities.
What does being a leader mean to you?
When I think of a leader, Oprah immediately comes to mind. For me, a leader is someone who exudes a lot of empathy, determination and experience and who, deep down, is a visionary who sees things that still need to be done. Furthermore, I believe that a leader is someone who overcomes obstacles, stereotypes and fears and always wants to lead the way by example for others.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I will be 41 years old. I can already see myself married, with children and traveling the world with my family. Professionally, I will have hosted and produced an Emmy Award-winning bilingual travel show. I will have visited at least 40 other countries. Finally, I will have created a study abroad scholarship for students at my alma mater, Belmont University.
The AL DÍA 40 Under Forty 2022 event will take place on Friday, August 26 at The Vie in Cescaphe. To find out more or buy your ticket, click here.