Wednesday Oct 05, 2022

Ep. 14 – ‘There’s a time when you need to give up doing some of the things you might be doing,’ says Dr Terri Simpkin – Great Business Minds

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Great Business Minds podcast, the definitive show for the business of digital infrastructure.


I’m your host Joao Marques Lima and I use my experience as a digital infrastructure journalist to dig deep into business issues but also get to know those who build our digital world.


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This week we have a special guest who is one of the world’s leading diversity and inclusion advocates in and out of the data centre space.


​Dr Terri Simpkin has enjoyed a successful career which spans global academic leadership, general management and human resources management in the private sector.


A forward thinking, industry experienced academic, Terri is invested in the examination of emerging leadership paradigms for the digital age. 


She is also an authority on the impostor phenomenon having researched both the personal impact and the implications of the phenomenon on diversity and productivity in organisations.


Terri works with bodies and individuals to establish a working suite of capabilities to better address the challenges of rapidly evolving organisational landscapes.


She has done so with a range of groups, including SMEs, large corporate clients, industry associations and government agencies for nearly two decades.


She is currently working within the digital infrastructure sector on workforce development, the diversity agenda and inclusion projects with a focus on emerging leadership challenges.


Terri today serves as a partner to Portman Partners having previously been the Higher and Further Education Principal at CNet Training and co-author of the world’s first and only Master’s Degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management.


Here at the GBM podcast, we hope you enjoy this episode and do leave us a review and share it with your contacts. We invite you back again for the next episode with another big name in the digital infrastructure space.

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