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Imposter Syndrome in the Workplace

Impostor syndrome (IS) refers to an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be. While this definition is usually narrowly applied to intelligence and achievement, it has links to perfectionism and the social context.
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28 Nov 2020, 10:00 – 11:00 SAST

About the Event

To put it simply, imposter syndrome is the experience of feeling like a phony—you feel as though at any moment you are going to be found out as a fraud—like you don't belong where you are, and you only got there through dumb luck. It can affect anyone no matter their social status, work background, skill level, or degree of expertise.

The term that was first used by psychologists Suzanna Imes and Pauline Rose Clance in the 1970s.1 When the concept of IS was introduced, it was originally thought to apply mostly to high-achieving women. Since then, it has been recognized as more widely experienced.

In this episode of #DigitalConversations we explore combating Imposter Syndrome in the Workplace.

About Your Panelists:


CFO, Executive Director, Shell Downstream South Africa

Barbara is the Chief Financial Officer of Shell Downstream South Africa supporting and leading a business that operates a fully integrated downstream business in South Africa.

She is qualified chartered accountant, an Executive Director of Shell Downstream South Africa and also served on the Boards of Directors of a number of entities within Shell Group in South Africa. She is also an Independent non-executive director on non- Shell public entity.

Barbara is a collaborative and performance driven finance leader with over 20 years of finance, audit, treasury, tax and controlling experience and also worked on various acquisitions and divestments projects in and outside South Africa. Career spans across accounting and auditing profession, financial services industry and currently in the energy industry. Driven by strong personal values, authentic and collaborative leadership.

She is passionate about talent development and gender inclusion, using her roles to drive change and transformation in corporate, enabling structures to meaningfully drive diversity & inclusion beyond just statistical requirements. She was key in the birth of the Shell SA downstream women network, now Shell Women Africa Network and setting up of the Shell South Africa Enterprise and Supplier Development Funds.

She is a proud mother and enjoys travelling, spending time with family and being in the bush.

CHEBET CHIKUMBU Head of Corporate Partnerships, Global Citizen SA

Chebet Chikumbu is Global Citizen’s Regional Director for Southern and East Africa. Chebet joined the team in 2018 for the execution and delivery of Mandela 100 - our inaugural festival on the African continent and is currently responsible for leading the Joburg-based office and setting its organisational strategy, providing oversight of staff and major activities as well as managing key partnerships within the region.

With over a decade of experience in strategy development, youth leadership and public- private partnership delivery, Chebet is passionate about empowering marginalised communities and providing enabling environments for minorities to improve their welfare. Prior to Global Citizen, Chebet co-founded a boutique consultancy to strengthen agricultural value chain financing mechanisms to smallholder farmers and provide capacity building consultation to development organisations.

Chebet has also served at Praekelt Foundation and Mandela Institute of Development Studies where she dedicated her energy towards designing programs underpinned in indigenous

knowledge systems, youth advocacy and information dissemination as a basic human right for young people on the African continent while harnessing the power of technology to solve social issues.

Chebet obtained a Master of Commerce in Development Economics at the University of Cape Town. She loves road running, has finished the Cape Town marathon and enjoys watching tennis.


Artificial Intelligence Marketing Program, Ericsson Group Function Marketing & Corporate Relations

Mathapelo Mzizi is Artificial Intelligence Marketing Program Lead at Ericsson Headquarters in Stockholm,

diverse tech concepts that enhance business and human experience. She has more than 10 years’ experience in leading organizations and people in a global environment with specific expertise in the customer experience, marketing, change leadership and innovation. She’s part of the Ericsson South Africa advisory board member to drive positive change in the company.

Mathapelo is a One Young World Ambassador, a UK-based charity and a preeminent global forum that gathers the brightest young leaders from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change.

She is an enthusiast human being fueled by a constant drive for innovation, human equality, internet for all and leveraging the unlimited power of technology to solve the socio-economic issues and business opportunities.

HULT PRIZE Dubai Intra competition winners 2018, an annual, year-long competition that crowd- sources ideas from MBA and university students to solve a pressing social issue around topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education.

Mathapelo is an Executive MBA student at Ashridge/HULT Business School in the United Arab Emirates. Also, co-founder for an energy peer to peer startup company Genr8. Shortlisted by Entrepreneur Magazine as 10 Startups to look out for. She’s a social entrepreneur, technology for good advocate and technology enthusiast.

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