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Biography

Travel entrepreneur and show host Leiti Hsu’s magical superpower is connecting people. She does this for a living on the culinary front for brands, startups and tourism boards. From fine dining to hole-in-the-walls, she’s your go-to global food expert—an Asian Bourdain-Oprah. She’s earned the ear of top chefs, beverage pros, restaurateurs, hoteliers, builders and creators around the world.

Leiti cofounded Journy, a personalized travel planning service, which has planned trips for 15,000+ travelers since launch in 2016; they plan more trips in a week than traditional luxury travel agencies do in a year. Backed by... READ MORE

Travel entrepreneur and show host Leiti Hsu’s magical superpower is connecting people. She does this for a living on the culinary front for brands, startups and tourism boards. From fine dining to hole-in-the-walls, she’s your go-to global food expert—an Asian Bourdain-Oprah. She’s earned the ear of top chefs, beverage pros, restaurateurs, hoteliers, builders and creators around the world.

Leiti cofounded Journy, a personalized travel planning service, which has planned trips for 15,000+ travelers since launch in 2016; they plan more trips in a week than traditional luxury travel agencies do in a year. Backed by Menlo Ventures, Journy was named a Travel & Leisure Best App 2017.

She also created the food media company Word of Mouth, which began as a nonprofit radio show on Heritage Radio Network. WoM tells stories about life through the lens of food. Journy and Word of Mouth combined now reach over a million in audience.

Leiti started her career in investment banking, where she realized the beginning of the end of media as we know at Merrill Lynch while working on the sale of The Wall Street Journal to Rupert Murdoch. A lifelong journalist, she became determined to make storytelling sustainable, impactful business.

A keen interviewer who’ll make you think, laugh and cry, Leiti has written for Town & Country and Forbes. She’s been featured in CNN, Vogue, NYMag, Bloomberg and WSJ Mag. Leiti has worked with the likes of BMW, AB InBev, Verizon, 23andMe, Apple Music, Whole Foods, Unilever, Mandarin Oriental, Bordeaux Wines, Austria and Taiwan.

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