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Guestspeaker- Zipho Sikhakhane
Zipho Sikhakhane
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Category:
Speaker
Location:
Johannesburg South Africa
Preferred Language:
English
Tags:
Businesswoman,Entrepreneur,Inspiration,Leadership,motivation,Poet,Professional Speaker,South Africa,Womens Interest
Profile:
Zipho Sikhakhane is an international speaker and business strategist. She has held management positions in industry leading corporations worldwide and is the first black South African to complete an MBA at the top-ranked Stanford University in the USA. In 2016, she received the Outstanding Young Achiever Award from the UNESCO Center for Global Education. In the last 15 years, she has presented in four continents, including a TEDx Talk in the USA on Africa’s potential. 

She delivers inspiring keynotes, workshops and poetry on Africa’s potential, leadership, entrepreneurship, youth and women in business. She has been featured in numerous publications worldwide and is published as a contributing author in Singapore in a book on inspirational women. She is also a weekly Business Columnist for the Sunday Times in South Africa.  
 
From being raised by a single parent in a poor township in northern KwaZulu Natal to overcoming the challenges faced by individuals from disadvantaged communities, Zipho’s journey has been one of consistently breaking barriers. She uses her inspiring life story to help individuals and businesses unleash their true potential.
 
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
Zipho Sikhakhane is an international speaker and business strategist. She has held management positions in industry leading corporations worldwide and is the first black South African to complete an MBA at the top-ranked Stanford University in the USA. In 2016, she received the Outstanding Young Achiever Award from the UNESCO Center for Global Education. In the last 15 years, she has presented in four continents, including a TEDx Talk in the USA on Africa’s potential. 
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.
PRESENTATION CONTENT by Zipho Sikhakhane

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