We were tired of eating alone on business travel. Tired of feeling awkward at the bar. Tired of skipping workouts on the road because we felt unsafe in the city. So we built Amelia – for us and for the 50 million other business-traveling women in the US. Travel Tech for Women, by Women Welcome…
“I landed in Chicago at dusk and didn’t make it to my hotel before dark – and I didn’t feel safe running alone since I don’t know the city that well.”
“I went to the hotel bar – luckily there was one barstool left but I felt SUPER awkward being the only woman there in a sea of men in suits.”
“I wish I could find another business-oriented woman to just grab dinner with – I eat alone on the road a lot but I really don’t love it.”
Amelia safely connects female business travelers to each other wherever you are, when you need it.
The Jane Corner
I just got back from Palm Beach. Glamorous, right? Not when you’re chasing investors, I assure you. In any case, I flew out of Fort Lauderdale. Which feels like LaGuardia/JFK in terms of sheer volume and noise. In the JetBlue terminal there wasn’t even space on the floor to sit. The area was teeming with humanity and not less than…
April 17th was national haiku day. Here’s a few of ours. Don’t judge – we never claimed to be poets. Now show us what you got! my suitcase is full sacrifice heels or jammies sleeping nude is good my flight is natch full should i accept a voucher? my husband would kill …
We’re entrepreneurs and siblings. This is both awesome and frustrating. But we’re loving it… most days.
Kate McDevitt Nichols • Founder & COO
Kate started her career as a buyer for Wakefern Food Corp. in North Central Jersey, where she not only battled Jersey traffic and mainlined Dunkin Donuts coffee daily, but also developed her love for business. She then moved on to data analytics at L’Oreal Paris where she discovered her passion for using statistics and loyalty card numbers to predict buyer behavior. (take THAT Mrs. Gannon, 4th grade math teacher who told her she “would never understand numbers”) From there, Kate moved into a sales role for her dream company, Red Bull, where she gets to tap into her entrepreneurial spirit and love of adventure. She currently lives on planes, but when she has time, she checks in on her husband, step-daughter and blind Boston Terrier, all of whom make her laugh daily.
Yes, please: Dogs, Tattoos, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Shoes
No, thanks: Quitters, Complaining, Cats, Nuts in Cookies, Hot Tubs
Ellen McDevitt Saksen • CEO
Ellen is the most seasoned of the Go Jane Go crew. She has traveled a good bit in her personal and professional life. It all started when she was 5 and her parents took her to Guatemala to visit their friends. Despite losing her raggedy-ann doll and getting a zillion mosquito bites, she understood even then that travel meant both adventure and hassle.
Ellen has worked for startups, non-profits, and industry leading corporations. She has traveled for business for 25 years, lived and worked abroad, and speaks German. And all she knows for sure is that she never liked working for someone else – so that’s part of why her sister Kate and she started Go Jane Go – so she could work for herself and make business travel better for legions of women like her.
When she’s not traveling, Ellen is loving on her three kids and hubby and trying to maintain that fragile family equilibrium between “It’s OK” and “Straightjacket NOW”. She wants to add all the remaining country stamps to her passport by building the Amelia community all over the globe. She can’t wait to meet all the Janes out there who know that for women who travel for work, it’s just a little different.
Yes, please: German poetry, Champagne, Maine, her sister Kate
No, thanks: Loud talkers, runny eggs, sand, sticky fingers
Sanjana Baldwa • Product and Design
Sanjana is a Bay Area native, and graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Class of 2016, where she studied psychology, human-computer interaction, and communication design. Her education allowed her to explore design across a variety of disciplines, including health care, museum/art experiences, game creation, and more. She prides herself on being the baby of the team, but brings an eye for simplicity and appreciation of the craft. Her background fuels her everlasting enthusiasm for startup culture and innovative design thinking, and is leading her to Boston to pursue a career in experience design.
Women that can turn their life around for their careers: that’s her inspiration. Creating a community to be reckoned with: that’s her motivation.
Yes, please: Golden State Warriors, Pittsburgh, Movies, Rain
No, thanks: Traffic, Small Talk, Olives
Meg Hogan • Marketing
Meg began her career in marketing after graduating from Temple University in Philadelphia. Since then she’s managed millions of dollars’ worth of advertising campaigns, became the go-to editor for a premier social media agency and introduced strategic planning to a corporate wellness program.
Launching her own agency, Meg works with start-ups and well-established businesses to achieve their objectives through digital marketing. She combines her business experience with her East Coast grit to get stuff done.
When she heard about Amelia, her first reaction was “hell yeah!” She loves the idea of business women connecting while on the road, creating a roaming tribe that looks out for each other and networks beyond their company’s four walls.
Meg lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and adorable 15-year-old pit bull, Daisy.
Yes, please: Cuddly pit bulls, black coffee, Game of Thrones
No, thanks: Slackers, white wine, the Bachelor TV series