Dr. Faith Mashele (MBA, MCIPS, FCIPS,Ph.D)
Head: Procurement Centre of Excellence (COE)
Nedbank, South Africa - Chairperson: CIPS Gauteng Branch
What’s the biggest challenge you have faced as a woman in business to date?
Being a woman in leadership has not always been easy as one has to constantly work twice as hard when compared to male counterparts. As a young female professional, I can recall several times in my career journey, when I was overlooked for career advancement opportunities. However, over time, I learned to find my voice and build networks that continue to carry me. On the contrary, I believe that the challenges that I faced have propelled me to improve my profile, which allows me to have the best of worlds in the academic space as a Ph.D. and a Chartered Fellow (FCIPS) in the professional space.
Who has inspired you (male or female)?
Cliché as it may sound, my mother, Joyce Mokubung, has been my biggest inspiration in this lifetime. To this day, she continues to epitomise and embody what it means to challenge the status quo as a woman. Her ability to rise with absolute tenacity in the face of setbacks, allowed me to dream bigger and made me believe in possibilities.
What do you wish you’d known when you started out and/ or what advice would you give your younger self?
If I had known what I know now, I would have encouraged my younger as follows:
- It is important to remember that you have the power to change your story. Maya Angelou said “do the best that you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
- You are human and you are bound to make mistakes. Therefore, when you make mistakes, dust yourself off and look at what other options and avenues are available. Change the plan if you must but keep going.
- You are enough. Your value does not decrease because of other people’s opinions or them failing to see your worth.
What are the character traits of successful women and/or what do you think makes a good leader?
Authenticity, Humility, Kindness, Confidence, and the ability to Listen.
Do you have a favourite statement or statement that sums up your approach to life?
“Be the type of energy that no matter where you go, you always add value to the spaces and lives around you.”
What do you #ChooseToChallenge?
I choose to challenge the narrative that women don’t always support other women. As a staunch advocate of development and empowerment, I believe in promoting a culture of inclusivity in society and our social circles. In August 2019, my sister and I, Amantle Mokubung, championed the foundation of “Makgarebe A Mahikeng”, which is a movement that is aimed at connecting and empowering young females from my hometown, Mahikeng, South Africa. It has been said that our greatest power and strength lies in standing together as women.