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Guestspeaker- Zipho Sikhakhane
Zipho Sikhakhane
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Category:
Speaker, Poet
Location:
Johannesburg South Africa
Preferred Language:
English
Tags:
Businesswoman,Entrepreneur,Inspiration,Leadership,motivation,Poet,Professional Speaker,South Africa,Womens Interest
Profile:
Many know Guest Speaker Zipho Sikhakhane as a sought-after global speaker, business woman and business strategist, who navigates the world as a mover, disrupter and a new age business expert.
 
She is the first black South African to receive a Masters in Business Administration from the prestigious Stanford University in the USA, which goes to show that Zipho is all about breaking barriers. She also holds a Business Science Honours Degree from the University of Cape Town and has completed leadership courses in Austria, China, Czech Republic, Russia, and the USA.
 
Emerging from humble beginnings of growing up in a poor community in South Africa, she was driven to start her first business at the tender age of five, and has led numerous business ventures ever since.
 
Her insights on leadership and change management emerge from having held strategic positions in world-leading organisations locally and internationally. Having worked in 6 continents and travelled to 30 countries, her global outlook gives her a unique perspective on local opportunities and challenges.
 
She speaks and facilitates on the topics of leadership, change management and doing business in Africa, and is also the Founder and CEO of EMZ Advisory, which consults to executive teams and of Africa’s biggest corporations. Zipho is also an investor in small businesses in East, West and Southern Africa and sits on a number of boards.
 
Professional Background:
International Project Director, Inditex Zara (Spain)
Management Consultant, McKinsey & Company
Customer Strategy Manager, Edcon Retail Group
Worked in 6 continents and visited 30 countries

Current Entrepreneurial Activities:
Angel Investor for Pan-African start-ups
Chairperson of Maneli Commodities
Business Advisor to managers and entrepreneurs

Academic Credentials:
Masters in Business Administration, Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA – graduated on full scholarship
Bachelor of Business Science Honours, University of Cape Town, SA – graduated on full scholarship with first class honours and distinctions
Matriculated among the top in the province, with six distinctions
Completed leadership courses in Austria, China, Czech Republic, Russia, South Africa
Areas of Expertise (for workshops): Business strategy, change management, customer centricity, communications
Many know Guest Speaker Zipho Sikhakhane as a sought-after global speaker, business woman and business strategist, who navigates the world as a mover, disrupter and a new age business expert.
 
She is the first black South African to receive a Masters in Business Administration from the prestigious Stanford University in the USA, which goes to show that Zipho is all about breaking barriers. She also holds a Business Science Honours Degree f
Synopsis:
PRESENTATION CONTENT by Zipho Sikhakhane

Zipho delivers inspiring keynotes, workshops and poetry on Africa’s potential, leadership, entrepreneurship, youth and women in business.  

KEYNOTE: Leadership Begins With YOU
 
Individuals need to learn how to lead themselves first, before they can effectively lead others. Emerging from humble beginnings, Zipho beat the odds  to achieve outstanding academic success and hold leadership positions in leading corporations locally and globally.  She shares insights on the leadership techniques that enabled her to become an exceptional leader. Examples include having the power and confidence to lead from a place that is authentic and unique to who you are, and overcoming the psychological and emotional barriers that stand in the way during one’s leadership journey. She also shares the latest research on how a holistic approach towards self-leadership can help individuals overcome the burnout, stress and anxiety epidemics that is currently crippling business leaders worldwide.

 
KEYNOTE: Leading Africa to Prosperity
 
The African continent presents immeasurable growth opportunities for local and multi-national corporations. The leaders that will succeed in making the most of these opportunities are ones that understand the importance of having a long term vision and adapting their leadership approaches to the demands of the local context. Zipho has presented inspiring talks across four continents on the progress and potential of African economies – including a TEDx talk delivered in the United States. Leveraging the latest insights on Doing Business in Africa and her own research on the topic, she shares perspectives on how businesses can win in South Africa and the rest of the continent. She also leans on her experiences having developed and implemented business strategies and transformations for leading corporations in Africa.
 

KEYNOTE: Entrepreneurship – Building the Giants of Tomorrow
 
Zipho is passionate about helping  entrepreneurs build businesses that will last and achieve scalable growth. Having been an entrepreneur throughout her youth, since as early as the age of five years old, she shares her perspectives on some of the pitfalls that prevent small business owners from taking their businesses to the next level. She also shares the latest trends and insights on entrepreneurship in the local context – using her research content from weekly columns written in the Sunday Times on demystifying entrepreneurship. She also leans on her experiences in Silicon Valley – the global hub for innovation and entrepreneurship – where she spent two years completing her MBA at Stanford University and studying the case studies of the some of the most innovative organisations in modern history.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS CUSTOMISED FOR WOMENS MONTH

KEYNOTE: Effective Self-leadership in Changing Times
We should all take responsibility for leading ourselves and our organisations to success.

The talk will covers how individuals can better positioned to respond and thrive in the current environment of constant change and uncertainty. It starts with first understanding how to adapt how we lead ourselves and others in response to the new reality of a VUCA
world (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) and still be able to sustain and manage the other parts of our lives.

For centuries, women were scarcely given a chance in corporate, government and business to showcase their full potential. After numerous years of trying to include women, research has shown that organisations that have women in leadership have healthier and optimal financial performance compared to organisations that lack this. The talk unpacks what orgnisations can do to address this by making the most of the women within the organisation. 

The talk will be inspirational, practical and encouraging.

KEYNOTE: Understanding How Remarkable Women Lead
Inspired by the real world insights of many inspirational women, Zipho talks about the essential behavioural traits that are suited for our fast-changing, hyper-competitive and increasingly complex world. These are relevant to both men and women alike and are currently largely underutilised and need to be brought to our consciousness in order to unleash potential.

The talk not only leans on the her own personal experiences as a successful woman in business, but also unpacks the five elements that have enables women to become more holistic leaders, which are meaning, framing, connecting, engaging, and energizing.

In the spirit of Womens Month in South Africa, this talk stands to honour the inspiring women of 1956 who leaned on their own uniqueness as a means to effectively drive change.

The talk will be engaging, inspirational and thought-provoking.

Add-on feature: Inspirational Poetry
Zipho has been writing and presenting poetry for many years. Upon request, she adds engaging poetry recitals to the keynotes.
PRESENTATION CONTENT by Zipho Sikhakhane

Zipho delivers inspiring keynotes, workshops and poetry on Africa’s potential
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