1. Madame CJ Walker
You may already know that Madame CJ Walker invented a line of African-American hair care products in 1905 that became so popular that she — despite being born just after slavery ended, orphaned at age of 7, married at age 14, and a widowed single mother at 20 — became America’s first female self-made millionaire.
BUT, did you know Mrs. Walker was a marketing genius who understood the importance of TRAVEL to her business success? Even though commercial flights weren’t in place yet, she criss-crossed the US, Jamaica, Haiti, Costa Rica and Panama introducing women-of-color to her products, training her agents and expanding her markets.
Here’s to the original business travelista making moves at a time when women couldn’t even vote and blacks didn’t have full rights!