Every once in a while, I come across a book that will assert a certain feeling in me. This book is one of those. Many different job fields have been male-dominated for a long time. Science and STEM are two of these fields, but with the significant growth in these industries. Women have been around participating in these fields for years, and it is always exciting to see the role they play. I found this book inspiring. My daughter is interested in science, and I feel that this book will serve her well whenever she feels discouraged. I want her to pursue the career that she wants, and if this is where she wants to go, I will be sure to pass along this book to her when she is older. It truly is a moving tale, one that I can relate to some degree. Wonderfully written, I would recommend it to anyone, but most importantly to women who might feel a little less than themselves. – Amazon Review
Have you ever wondered, “What does it take for women to succeed in a male-dominated workplace like mining?” Or are you a woman in STEM or woman in science, struggling to navigate the male-dominated work environment?
Imagine what life would be like if you had a manual with strategies and step-by-step practical tools to help you navigate the challenges of trying to succeed in a male-dominated work environment to C-Suite level. What benefits would that bring to you and your family? Look no further!
Multi-award-renowned global mining sustainability thought leader and IWF Fellow Dr. Patience Mpofu, reveals for the first time how to navigate a male-dominated workplace, break free from cultural biases, overcome imposter syndrome, and unleash your superpowers to break the glass ceiling.
Unleashing My Superpowers is a compelling and inspirational memoir filled with profound stories, wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about succeeding in the tough, male-dominated mining industry for over 25 years. Patience shares how she left her mark on this industry and won several awards for it in Africa. Her near-death experience on a family holiday in Africa inspired her to pay it forward by creating this valuable narrative for women.
Patience tells her unique story of how her upbringing in a Lemba (black Jew) tradition shaped her belief system, which led to her embarking on a STEM career. She rose above many challenges and traumatic experiences, from not feeling good enough as a child, to almost drowning while in primary school, to becoming a mother at the age of 21. She shares her personal journey, from facing subtle invisible barriers, to rising through the ranks and finally being known as the most influential woman in mining in Africa and selected for the acclaimed IWF Fellows Program. With humor, her journey through various locations across the globe, including safaris in Africa, will keep your eyes glued to the page.
This book provides insight into how women can manage the challenges of building a career in male-dominated workplaces. It creates a subtle but profound shift in mindset that helps you understand what gives you meaning and unleash your superpowers. Inside, you will discover:
- How your upbringing can be reshaped by powerful paradigm shifts as a leader
- Step-by-step exercises to identify and overcome invisible barriers
- How to speak up for yourself and find fulfillment in your career
- Inspirational leadership stories from various mining locations across the globe, including South Africa, Australia, Chile, and Brazil
- How to rebound, overcome fears of imposter syndrome, develop resilience and identify your superpowers.
- Why we need more women leaders who can help you succeed in male-dominated workplaces
- Why now is the perfect time to “lean in” for opportunities due to ESG requirements
- The secret to getting promoted with the powerful Peak Performance Leadership Model for the 21st century
“You need to unleash something extra to be the change you want to see in the world. Its about having a sense of purpose, stepping out of your comfort zone, using your voice to inspire others, and being a catalyst for change. Women have superpowers and it’s time to unleash them!
Wathinta umfazi, wathinta imbokodo is a Zulu saying that means, ‘You strike a woman, you strike a rock.’ Let us all shine our lights and help others shine theirs.” – Dr Patience Mpofu
Unleashing My Superpowers is eloquent black female memoir, which is practical, backed with real-life examples and personal stories that inspire women to unlock their superpowers
About the Author
Dr Patience Mpofu is a multi-award winner as one of the most influential women in Mining, and former Vice President of an Australian listed mining company. She is a Global Mining Sustainability Thought Leader (ESG), an IWF Fellow Alumni, Executive Leadership Coach and Women in STEM advocate. She has over 25 years of senior leadership mining experience and has authored and published over 10 international peer reviewed journals on sustainability in the mining industry. She was recognised as one of the 36 female leaders from around the world to take part in the 2019 IWF Fellows Program. She is founder and CEO of Peak Performance with Patience, an academy for women in STEM that offers free and low-cost membership for various mentorship and masterclasses. She is also CEO of Insight Mining Experts. Patience holds a PhD in mineral processing from UNISA Australia, an MBA from Wits Business School in South Africa, and an AMP from INSEAD.