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Hire or Book Zipho Sikhakhane – Motivational Speaker

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  • Listed: September 30, 2016 12:28 pm
Hire or Book Zipho Sikhakhane – Motivational Speaker

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Zipho Sikhakhane is a Speaker, Writer, Retailer and Investor. She has been a motivational speaker for 15 years and she has presented to audiences across four continents, including a TED Talk, delivered in the USA on Africa’s business potential.

She is also a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times and she is the first black South African to complete an MBA at the prestigious Stanford University in the US. She delivers inspiring talks and poetry on topics related to Africa’s potential, leadership, innovation in the workplace, entrepreneurship, youth and women’s empowerment.

Profile

Zipho Sikhakhane is a Speaker, Writer, Retailer and Investor. She has been a motivational speaker for 15 years and she has presented to audiences across four continents, including a TED Talk, delivered in the USA on Africa’s business potential.

She is also a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times and she is the first black South African to complete an MBA at the prestigious Stanford University in the US. She delivers inspiring talks and poetry on topics related to Africa’s potential, leadership, innovation in the workplace, entrepreneurship, youth and women’s empowerment.

Zipho’s professional background includes developing strategies for large public and private sector clients as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co (the leading management consulting firm, globally). She has held project management and change management positions for the industry leading retailers – Edcon in South Africa (the biggest clothing retailer in Sub-Saharan Africa) and Inditec in Spain (the parent company of Zara and the biggest fashion retailer, globally). She has travelled to almost 30 countries and she has worked in 9 of these countries.

Her academic background includes a Business Science Honors Degree from the University of Cape Town (obtained with first class and distinctions) and an MBA from Standford University in the US (the top ranked MBA program globally) – both were completed on full scholarships. She has also completed a study trip to Russia, a study exchange to China and a leadership course in the Czech Republic. She matriculated among the top in her province, with six distinctions.

Zipho was born and raised in a township in Kwa-Zulu Natal in a single parent household. Through hard work and determination, she overcame many challenges faced by individuals growing up in disadvantaged communities. She has led numerous entrepreneurial projects in the township, in order to provide the family with additional income – this is how her passion for growing businesses, was born.

She uses her inspiring journey to encourage others to effect the change in their lives. Her life story has been featured in various magazines and newspapers. She is published as a contributing author in Singapore in a book on inspirational life stories and she is currently a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times in South Africa. She advises and invests in entrepreneurs and small businesses that need to achieve sustainable growth.

 

Speaking Topics

Her speaking topics include:

Leading Africa to Prosperity

The African continent presents immeasurable growth opportunities for local and multi-national corporations. Zipho has presented inspiring talks across four continents on the progress and the potential of African economies – including a TEDx talk delivered in the United States. She leverages her own personal experiences of growing up in disadvantaged parts of South Africa, successfully thriving through adversity and eventually using her perspectives to advise the business leaders in Africa. She advocates for a different approach towards leadership in order to unleash Africa’s potential. This continent needs leaders who can articulate a compelling vision, deploy innovative approaches to overcome execution challenges and to build organizations that can leave a legacy for generations to come.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation within Organisations

Innovation and reinventions lies at the heart of how we do business today. Zipho shares insights on how to introduce entrepreneurial cultures within organisation. Her perspectives emerge from having led small entrepreneurial ventures in her youth and currently writing as a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times on demystifying entrepreneurship in organisations and society. She also leans on her experiences in Silicon Valley, where she spent two years studying the case studies of some of the most innovative organisations in history. Her experiences with leading innovative customer centric initiatives in retail corporations, both at an executive level and at a store level, which she gives her insight on how businesses can eliminate the disconnect between strategy design and operational execution.

Leading Your Life

Individuals need to learn how to lead themselves first, before they can effectively lead others. Leading self involves articulating a balanced vision for one’s own personal and professional growth aspirations. They also need the power, the confidence and the presence needed to proactively go after the right growth opportunities and to be open to surrounding themselves with people who complement their strengths and weaknesses. Zipho has been coaching individuals on being effective and authentic communicators for many years – including being a Toastmasters Public Speaking Society President in the past and having been a Communications Coach for the Executive Education Program at Stanford University.

Inspirational Poetry

Zipho has been writing and presenting poetry for many years. She can deliver engaging poetry recitals on various topics.

 
 

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