Work and Money
Jetsetting to Impact: Entrepreneurship That Gives Back
By Tracey McGhee, CEO, Ms. Jetsetter, travel-accessory brand "for women on-the-go"
My entrepreneurial journey has taught me so many important life lessons.
The most important lesson to date is that while it’s critical to map out a plan for where you see yourself going, you also have to be agile and realize that everything doesn’t always go as planned. The lessons of 2020 made that loud and clear for all of us!
What’s next for me?
I have so many goals, but I’m ready to pivot when needed. Given that travel continues to be impacted by COVID-19, the next several months will be spent building brand awareness and expanding our product line so that we’ll be able to meet more of the needs of the female traveler. Until I got into the travel space, I didn’t realize that women represent over 60% of travelers, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
So when travel returns to “normal,” Ms. Jetsetter wants to be ready for the pent-up demand I know we’ll see. Social entrepreneurship is another goal I have for my business. I believe in paying it forward, and businesses have the ability to make significant impact in the communities of their consumers. With this in mind, I plan to leverage my business to have a positive impact on my surrounding communities.
"As we’ve all seen, the pandemic has exposed some of the gaps in our health care systems and the disproportionate impact of the disease in communities of color."
As we’ve all seen, the pandemic has exposed some of the gaps in our healthcare systems and the disproportionate impact of the disease in communities of color. In general, the death rate due to COVID is two times higher in African American communities than in non-African American communities. We’ve also learned that many of the tools to help reduce the spread of the disease are as simple as wearing a mask and keeping our hands clean.
While that may sound simple to many of us, having access to those tools might not be as easy for everyone. As a way to do my part, I’ve made a commitment to donate at least 100 PPE kits through Ms. Jetsetter to communities of color to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
There is so much I want to accomplish with Ms. Jetsetter. While profits are critical to keeping a business moving forward, I believe that community impact is equally as important — and I believe I can accomplish both with Ms. Jetsetter!
Tracey McGhee, the owner and CEO of Ms. Jetsetter, took her love of travel and a need she uncovered in the travel accessory space and created the Ms. J brand — with the mission to create organizing solutions for women on the go.
CircleAround is partnering with NAWBO (the National Association of Women Business Owners) in a series of posts exploring the following prompt: "What comes next?" Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of over 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States.