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Meet Jeannette Ceja of Jet Set with Jeannette in Beverly Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jet Set with Jeannette.

Thanks for sharing your story with us, Jeannette. Let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My name is Jeannette Ceja. Anyone who knows me knows that I live, breathe, and dedicate my life to travel. I have always considered myself a global citizen. My parents came to the United States from Mexico in the 1980s. Born and raised most of my life in Southern California, I have also lived in Italy, Australia, Chicago and Nashville. Currently, I am based in Beverly Hills. However, I hope to have homes all over the world.

I already had a passport at six-months-old. My family and I would travel to visit relatives a lot in Mexico. My journey into my travel career began when I was just six-years-old. I remember watching episodes of Anthony Bourdain and Samantha Brown on the Travel Channel every single day. I would tell my Mother, “Mom! I am going to be like them one day!” I felt destined to show the public the beauty of the world. Who could imagine, that I would interview all the legends in travel- including Samantha Brown, Pauline Frommer, Rick Steves and Anthony Bourdain – almost 25 years later.

I pursued a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Belmont University with the intent to be a travel journalist. Afterward, I moved back to Los Angeles to attend UCLA for the Professional Producing Program. My dream has always been to host and produce a bilingual (English & Spanish) travel show. Now, I feel is an important time for more diversity and inclusion in the travel industry.

In 2018, I was the Official Travel Host for the World Woman Summit at the Clinton Presidential Center where I was awarded as Travel Host of the Year. I also served as the host for the New York Travel Festival and the Impact Travel Immersion Global Conference. Now, I am on the Board of Advisors for Travel Unity. I created a series of sold-out workshops for female solo traveler and on vision boards. Lastly, I was named a Power Player by Angeleno Magazine.

In 2019, I was awarded “Top 20 Global Women of Excellence” by U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis and the Multi Ethnic Advisory Task at the 7th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration. I feel very passionate about being a positive role model for women around the world. I am the go-to travel expert for high-profile clients and global media outlets. My expertise encompasses luxury travel, female travel, and diversity (Latinx) travel.

My latest nomination by the Los Angeles Business Journal Women’s Council & Awards that will take place on June 20th.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No! But anything worthwhile will take a lot of hard work, patience and belief in self. I understood early on that I had to show the travel industry what I could do. This was long before social media even existed. For over five years, I attended every travel conference and travel event possible. Meanwhile, I heavily invested in my skillset with classes for television hosting, writing, and public speaking. I experienced failures and rejections along the way. However, I worked very hard to create opportunities, including interviewing Anthony Bourdain, Samantha Brown and Rick Steves. I turned down a lot of offers to fully pursue an entrepreneurial career in travel. There was no guarantee that I was going to be a success. I never chased the money or fame. I learned that when your heart is truly in your work to help others, you will eventually become successful.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Jet Set with Jeannette – what should we know?
I am a bilingual travel journalist, travel host, travel advisor, and a global public speaker. After working as a journalist for over ten years, I combined my expertise in travel and media into an internationally recognized company known as Jet Set with Jeannette. The name felt so right. I wanted “with” to be included in my company and brand, because I always want people to feel included. Because my “why” is much bigger than myself. My professional and personal mission is to inspire, inform, and empower the public to travel.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Yes! Absolutely! First and foremost, I have to give a special thank you to my Mother, Carmen. She continues to be my number one hero and cheerleader in my life. She showed me firsthand how to believe in yourself. Also, my older sister, Marissa, has been hugely influential in my life and is one of the strongest women I know.

Also, I want to thank my journalism professors from Belmont University, Dr. Sybril Brown, Rich Tiner, and the late Thom Storey. Recently, one of my mentors, Reginald Rutherford, passed away. I owe so much gratitude to him. He placed me on my first red carpet many years ago. Every time I would play small, he told me to step it up – and that I belonged in front of the camera. He saw something in me before I did. Thank you to Ed Bracey for recognizing me as a Global Ambassador for his non-profit Synergy of Empowered Women. John Dekker from Surf City Travel for guiding me into travel advising world. Last but not least, a shout out to the incredible women who gave me opportunities to grow and learn: Rupa Dash from the World Woman Summit and Ingrid Vandervelt from Empowering One Billion Women by 2020.

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