Shashika John is the Communications and Marketing Lead for South Africa and Africa, at DHL Supply Chain. A force to be reckoned with, in a very male dominated environment, Shashika has a very warm and inviting energy. Prior to her position in communications, she was the IT Programme Manager for seven years, and enjoyed “translating” the “hard” tech conversation into business value for her customers. She has always had a keen interest in marketing and communications, so the promotion into the field was a welcomed change.
Shashika was selected to lead a programme for DHL Supply Chain’s African region, called the ‘Certified Supply Chain Specialist Programme (CSCS)’, which aimed to position the company for expected growth globally, and to ensure both profitability and sustainability. In her own words, ‘the programme was seen as a game changer in the industry globally, and was the most significant internal transformation ever that the organisation embarked on.’ A large element of the role entailed communications, change management, and stakeholder engagement. Shashika underwent intensive training abroad, and amongst other skills gained, she emerged as a Master Facilitator.
Shashika is a true embodiment of the saying ‘hard work pays off’, and she proves that no matter what, we can achieve anything that we put our minds to.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be a lawyer where I could fight on behalf of people who couldn’t do it for themselves, and ensure that justice prevails!
Who has been your greatest role model?
I thought about this often as I have been inspired by so many wonderful people throughout my journey, and more often than not, words, and actions of my mum manifests in my mind, which helps me move forward – so I would have to say at this stage, that position is held by my mum.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from another woman who can?
That I am an individual in this world, and that my efforts today determine what my tomorrow looks like.
What change would you like to see for womankind in the future?
For every woman to accept that there is a fundamental reason for her being wherever she is, in whichever circumstance, at that particular point in time. Accepting that fact, one can move straight into what can be done about or with it, which is where I believe the real value lies!
What makes you proud to be a South African woman?
The fact that I am part of the transformational change that the country is undergoing is phenomenal!
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Photographer: Caylem Harris
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