Boss Lady Spotlight: Annie Cheng

At Armoire, we’re casting a spotlight on some of the notable, powerful boss ladies in our community, and what being a boss lady means to them. Read on to learn all about CEO and Armoire member Annie Cheng.

Who she is:

Chief Eating Officer (CEO) at The Table Less Traveled. Although “home” is in Seattle, being abroad is my second home, having spent over 5 years combined living & traveling internationally. In 2014 I founded my company, a boutique tour operator. We host small group tours to international destinations where our local friends curate unique experiences that let our travelers experience their home country like a local instead of a tourist.

How she’s redefining the boss lady:

Years ago, it wasn’t very common for women to travel alone. It was taboo, scary, and there were too many uncertainties that made many women feel more comfortable staying in their safe space at home. As a woman who works in travel, I stretch that boundary daily through my travel, work, and independent explorations.

My company helps other women to gain their own confidence through our trips and relationships to say, “Hey, I can do this on my own too”. My goal is for women to learn to travel safely, to get the most out of their experiences, and to not let the fear of the unknown hold them back from exploring the world. I am a woman who feels empowered to explore, and loves to empower others to explore. 

What she wishes she had known 10 years ago:

Nothing. Just like travel, life is a wonderful journey of exploration. If I knew more 10 years ago, it may have completely changed my trajectory or life path. I have no regrets. Despite challenges and trials, I love where I am and it makes me a better person for learning the hard way.

I want to live, grow, explore and be humble enough to know there’s so much more to learn. Here’s to not knowing things now, that hopefully in 10 more years, I will know!

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