On July 24, 2018, Dr. Thokozile Lewanika-Mpupuni, Group Head of Leadership, Learning and Talent at Barclays Africa Group Limited, is joining four other learning leaders from high profile organizations on a panel moderated by Mike Prokopeak, CLO, of CLO Media at Bridge’s annual user conference in Keystone, Colorado.
With this year’s theme being Big Top Bridge, Dr. Lewanika-Mpupuni will get the chance to not only share her secrets to achieving and sustaining growth and high performance at Barclays Africa, but will also get a chance to take a spin on her favorite carnival rides.
However, we don’t have wait until July to get to know Dr. Lewanika-Mpupuni, we sat down with her to learn more about her career, the future of work, and what carnival treat rules them all.
Bridge: Who was your best manager and what made them so great?
Dr. Lewanika-Mpupuni: My best “manager” was Judy Malan. She super charged my ability to see myself through other people’s eyes (self-awareness) and helped me become much more than I was (expanded my situational leadership). She was caring and brutally honest. And still is!
Bridge: What’s the one thing you wish you had learned before you started your career?
Dr. Lewanika-Mpupuni: What you study is not a “life sentence” that pre-determines all the jobs you will ever have. It’s just what you studied at that point in time.
Bridge: What’s the one skill you would tell the upcoming workforce to practice over and over?
Dr. Lewanika-Mpupuni: Listening to understand…
Bridge: What’s the best job you’ve ever had?
Dr. Lewanika-Mpupuni: Facilitating learning. From my University lecturing days to my current work, seeing the light go on in a learner’s eyes is magical!
Bridge: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Dr. Lewanika-Mpupuni: Scrubbing long drop toilets in boarding school! (Punishment for being TOO outspoken..)
Bridge: What does the future of work look like in your company?
Dr. Lewanika-Mpupuni: Digitally connected, highly collaborative cross-functional teams.
Bridge: What’s the most delicious carnival treat on the planet?
Dr. Lewanika-Mpupuni: Caramel popcorn. Of course!
Join us at Big Top Bridge July 22-24 and get more insights from Dr. Lewanika-Mpupuni and other learning leaders during our panel discussion while networking with colleagues, learning about the latest in performance-management software, and enjoy some deep-fried food.