One of Jacqui’s career highlights was winning Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018, through the Women in Travel Awards.  Leading a successful SME in a highly dynamic and competitive industry requires a willingness to keep evolving, diversifying and exploring new ways to do business.   The company has been operating for nearly 45 years, and Jacqui has been an active contributor for 33 of those.  In fact, what she has needed to be is an Intrapreneur, behaving like an entrepreneur in an established organisation.

Since 2010, Jacqui has been one of the only tourism members of Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN).  DWEN is made up of a cohort of women from around the world whom Dell identified as entrepreneurial leaders of small businesses.  At the annual global gathering’s the collective share best practices, build business opportunities through collaboration and access new resources and technologies that support business growth.

Naturally, as Dell is the organiser, the focus is heavily on technology and the insights Jacqui has gained through this opportunity has led to The Walshe Group’s own investments in a robust technology infrastructure, customised proprietary software and extensive database management.

In 2018, she was a member of a small team that won a Policy Hack as part of a Spark Festival week organised by Dell, Pivotal Labs and Sydney School of Entrepreneurship. The challenge was to generate policy ideas addressing the issue of Improved Gender Diversity Around Access to Capital.    

Improving financial outcomes for women and encouraging entrepreneurship within The Walshe Group is one of the reasons Jacqui was happy to support and invest in Unmapped Travel, an entrepreneurial initiative of Jennifer Gaskin, just one of the talented female leaders in the Walshe Group.


Project Scope – Being an intrapreneur

Service Type – Bringing entrepreneurial thinking to our established organisation and encouraging investment in new technologies.