After leaving a coveted position at Pace Gallery in NYC for a spontaneous move to Paris, Nikki Cohen noticed she didn’t have one good place to save all of her recommendations or an easy way to share them with friends. Thus, the idea for Bon Voyaging was born.
In her interview, Cohen breaks down the practicals of starting and operating your own successful online platform.
Nikki Cohen is the Founder/CEO of Bon Voyaging, an online travel platform that allows discerning travelers to envision their trips and share itineraries. She aims to help all travelers find authentic experiences and explore new cultures.
Previously, she worked in the art world, most recently in the communications department at Pace Gallery as a special events manager. She oversaw special events, social media and marketing opportunities.
Cohen majored in Art History and History at Washington University in St. Louis and earned her masters in Visual Arts Administration at NYU.
Cohen earned Master of Business Administration at NYU Stern in 2014 all the while running Bon Voyaging.
I love school. As I mentioned already, I got my masters at NYU right after college. And, it was a great experience, and I had taken a couple of business school classes for that masters, and those were my favorite classes.
So, I had always also thought, “maybe, you know, business… maybe I’ll go to business school first. Uhm, and just the way things worked out… I started the business and realized, you know, I took the GMATS… I should just apply to business school part-time.
NYU has a really great part-time program. It’s super flexible for working professionals. I mean, everyone works full-time in the program so they know you have other things to do, and classes are at night or on weekends.
It’s definitely not necessary for everyone, but for me, I really enjoy the academic process and learning that way. And it’s also a great place to meet people, make connections, and hear how other people are running their business or working at their particular offices.
Cinematography: Danielle Calodney & Andi Velazquez
Interviewed by: Laura Lehmann