Quick-fire Q&A with Teresa Richardson

Teresa Richardson is the Managing Director of TTC SA, a group of 8 diverse travel companies encompassing different travel experiences. With over 35 years of experience in the travel industry and having visited no fewer than 70 countries, Teresa consistently grows her expertise in a variety of subjects, her most recent being a certified behavioural consultant. She loves pitting her skills against the elements, which could be zip lining, scuba diving, white water rafting on rivers around the world or even summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro. Teresa was awarded TTC Global Executive of the Year in 2016.

How would you describe your leadership style?
My leadership style is bold and daring as well as direct and decisive. I am quick to seize an opportunity and am definitely not afraid to meet challenges head on.

Your top tip to beat procrastination?
My motto is “just do it”. If you procrastinate you lose momentum and the opportunity that is being presented to you in the moment.

Favourite getaway destination?
I have a few depending on my business travel schedule. In summer I love to travel to Europe – Italy and Portugal are two of my favourite spots and I enjoy these countries for the people, the culture and the divine food. For a full dose of culture and a taste of something exotic, I absolutely love Egypt. I’ve enjoyed many parts of Egypt and I learn something new each time I visit this fascinating and diverse country. My last visit included a visit to the port city of Alexandria and I managed to see the famous lighthouse which ranks among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as well as the ultramodern Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Egypt will always rank highly as a firm favourite.

Who or what inspires you?
I like being surrounded by optimistic people; people who look for solutions and not problems.

Your one wish for South Africa?
A country of unified people. What an absolutely amazing country we could become with such diversity of interests and abilities. We have the ability to be a country to be followed.

If you could have any 3 people over for dinner, who would they be and what would you serve?
I would invite Celine Cousteau, a socio-environmental advocate who does the most incredible work through the TreadRight Foundation, Angelina Jolie, a humanitarian amongst other things and Prince Harry. I would serve them my favourite vegan dishes paired with my favourite South African wines from Bouchard Finlayson.

What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
Family is a very strong influence in my life. They keep me grounded and able to face whatever comes my way with grace.

What would you do with an extra hour in your day?
Learn something new that would enhance my ability to be a role model to others and therefore, in turn, enriching their lives.