I can’t believe that this time last week I was walking around New York in a parka.

I am now back in Brazil, and definitely not wearing a parka.

As always, this trip was a wonderful mix of meetings – conversations with advisors, chats with future TIE participants, debriefing discussions with alumni and their companies, and of course, new business presentations.

I always feel a tremendous energy after my two weeks abroad – and I am still buzzing.

As I reflect on the conversations – I realize the same story came up in almost all of my meetings.

It’s a story of our most recent TIE alumni – Lauren Smith from W+K New York. She was based in Mozambique on a beach, had meetings in hammocks, and got to go diving on a number of occasions.














On the face of it, you could have confused this project with a pretty lush holiday.

It was not a holiday.

She finished her placement a few days before I left for London and New York, and her experience really stuck with me.

And it clearly resonated with everyone that I met with over the past few weeks.

Not because her experience was different from any other placement.

It’s probably the opposite.

Probably because it illustrated how impactful every TIE placement can be – even when the project, the people, the locations and the experiences are all so unique.

I won’t go on – as Lauren managed to capture her experience, and the impact of it, better than I ever could have articulated it myself.

I urge you to check out these two blog posts.

Halfway Point & Preparing for Re-Entry

Once you read these you’ll understand what a TIE experience can be like, why we continue to do what we do, and why more and more people and companies are getting involved. Enjoy the read!

Have a wonderful holiday season, all of you, and here is to an exciting (and hopefully slightly less dramatic) 2017.

xPhilippa and the rest of the TIE team