photographer: Mary Ann Changg, Honolulu 1995
It took courage to start a media company in Washington DC in 1978.
Gloria Borland was a young woman from Hawaii without any business connections on the East Coast. Many were surprised. Magazine publishers were supposed to be white men. She remembers, "I was the wrong age, the wrong race and the wrong gender."
She was a trailblazer publishing three magazines in three cities.
Gloria Borland was the editor & publisher of WASHINGTON TRAVEL MAGAZINE, PHILADELPHIA TRAVEL MAGAZINE and NEW YORK TRAVEL MAGAZINE, unique regional publications for the travel industry. Her advertising clients included American Airlines, Hyatt Hotels, Finnair, Pan Am, Bahamas Tourist Office, Mexican Tourist Office, Irish Tourist Office, Korean Airlines, Princess Cruises, Holiday Inns, BWI Airport and many others.
Gloria Borland walked into hundreds of business meetings where she was the only person of color. She was a female CEO during a time when that was very unusual in the media industry.
How can society begin to dismantle systemic problems? One tool is to offer new stories to replace old biases. This is something Gloria Borland has been doing for 40 years. When the public wants to see change. She begins by inspiring them with new stories.
"I was raised in Honolulu and then traveled all over the world.
I moved back home in 2014 to raise my daughter because Hawaii is No Ka Oi. "
"Where ever I went, I always identified being American and from Hawaii. I took values from Hawaii with me. Growing up in the Aloha state you try to understand people from different races and cultures."