Travel Counsellors has launched an inspirational speaker series called ‘TC Talks’, with its first speaker a female astronaut who has spent more than 100 days in space.

TC Talks will be a regular event hosted from the business’ Manchester based headquarters with speaker content broadcast across the seven countries in which it operates. Designed to support its self-employed franchisees as they look to build their businesses, as well as inspire its own team, the series will see high profile speakers from a range of professions and backgrounds sharing their insights and experiences.

The first event, attended by 100 of the company’s Travel Counsellors, saw American astronaut Nicole Stott discuss her career and the launch of the new training experience at the Kennedy Space Centre. Nicole spent more than 100 days in space, having served as a flight engineer on two International Space Station Expeditions, and mission specialist on a further two journeys.

The company also coincided the launch with its ‘TC Kids’ initiative; a programme to support and involve the children of its Travel Counsellors and employees during the school holidays. Nicole met with Travel Counsellors, partners, head office staff and children and got involved with a range of space themed activities and a Q&A session.

Jim Eastwood, the company’s global sales director, said: “The launch of our TC Talks initiative is designed to inspire and motivate each of our Travel Counsellors and support team, and give another dimension to the way in which we support our people. We plan to cover a wide range of themes from travel to technology to health and wellbeing, and will invite inspiring people to share their stories and experiences with a global audience. We wanted to offer this opportunity to every member of the TC family, so it is extremely pleasing to be able to coincide the event with our TC Kids activity too.

“Throughout her career, Nicole has shown a remarkable level of innovation and drive to succeed, and this is a perfect blueprint for success within our own organisation. She was the ideal spokesperson to launch the series, showing that with the right amount of determination, our future really does have no limits.”

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