A global celebration of the important achievements of women around the world, International Women’s Day is a day particularly close to the hearts of the Travel Counsellors team in Australia.
Led by Kaylene Shuttlewood, a hardworking professional who worked her way up from an entry-level ticketing role to become a Regional Managing Director, Travel Counsellors Australia offers travel agents an opportunity to run their own business, work flexible hours, and earn what they’re worth.
One of the many women across Australia working on their own home-based travel business is Jan Juc-based Travel Counsellor Bronwyn Wakefield. Here we talk with her about the benefits of business ownership, why female leadership matters and what International Women’s Day means to her.
What path led you towards becoming a Travel Counsellor?
Although I now call the Great Ocean Road home, previously I lived and worked in Cape Town and London. After qualifying with a degree in Tourism and Business Management, I enjoyed a 17-year career in travel. My roles have included retail consulting, specialist wholesale consulting, business development and corporate travel account management. I am proud to have achieved a long-standing track record of outstanding customer service within my career.
What does a day of celebrating women mean to you?
International Women’s Day is an acknowledgement of the incredible role that women play as the cornerstones of their family and home lives, as well as their phenomenal contribution to the economy.
What’s the best part of running your own business?
Running my own business is something that I am so proud of. The hard work that I put in is manifested 10-fold in outcomes, my personal wellbeing and stability for my family. By running this business, I feel that I’m a role model for my boys. Also, we all enjoy the freedom it provides for me to be there for them through their everyday lives.
Which female leaders do you look up to and why?
Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Julia Gillard. They are all amazing women who care deeply for others and the society we live in. That deep sense of care and responsibility to others is the cornerstone of what makes them great leaders.
Why is it important to have female role models to look up to?
Without female leaders, the world would not be the place it is today. Women play a pivotal role in their communities and societies.
It’s unsurprising that many women have joined Travel Counsellors since the network launched in Australia in 2007. Keen to learn more? Talk to us today about running your own travel business with Travel Counsellors.