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Jazz Shaper: Philippa White

Posted on 18 June 2022

Philippa is the Founder and CEO of The International Exchange (TIE).

A truly global citizen, she was originally born in South Africa, grew up in Canada and, following an exchange programme in Thailand, moved to the United Kingdom, where she worked in advertising. Phillippa created TIE in 2005 to link future leaders from the commercial world with social initiatives across the globe. The business aims to unleash the power of leaders through self-discovery and experiential learning in ways that also positively impacts communities around the world and works with some of the world’s biggest companies from the communications and financial sectors, such as Santander, Leo Burnett, and Bartle Bogle Hegarty. Philippa lives in Brazil with her 7 and 11-year-old daughters. 


I do like change and I think I do like not feeling set in something. That’s perhaps why I like being an entrepreneur and doing what I do. 

I like following my heart and having conversations and then seeing what can happen  

If you don’t try, it’s never going to happen 

The objective of TIE has obviously always been unleashing the potential in professionals. It’s always been making an impact on organisations and communities around the world that wouldn’t normally get that help 

I feel like we are at a point now where there’s so much potential and there’s so many conversations, so many companies I’m meeting with. 

It really is the moment where so many professionals are looking to expand horizons, broaden their perspectives, step out of silos, be able to make real change and connect with people who they would never normally connect with. So many people are desperate for that and companies want people who have cultural intelligence, embrace diversity and are able to be more flexible 

I believe the future of this planet is having more forward-thinking companies. We need to create more leaders that are able to make change within companies.  

So many people want to be able to make an impact, they want to be able to make change but they don’t really know what that looks like and they think the only way to do that is to work in an NGO 

Having gone through TIE many times, people realise no, you know that’s not really what I want to do and actually, I really like where I’m at. I just need to see myself and my role in a different way. 

We really want to ignite people’s purpose. We want to ignite people’s understanding of the power that they have.  

We don’t have to wait for tomorrow, you don’t have to wait for somebody else to do it. The time is now and you can do it.   

The pandemic really, really pushed me. We had one very specific model which was people travelling internationally, and my clients were only corporate and obviously that completely blew up with Covid. I really had to dig deep and see how resilient I really am 

We have incredible stories that have involved incredible people from so many different backgrounds and the material and the stories and the insights that we have is extraordinary. 

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