[Terri Simpkin]

January 27, 2021
Written by: Lottie Lightfoot

Teachers have always been among the first to inspire us. Not just educators, they’re also guiders, counsellors, and role models. The greatest teachers are the ones who broaden our minds, who push us towards our chosen career paths, and help us figure out what we want in life. They don’t just educate, they guide and serve as examples of what we should aim for.

Professor Terri Simpkin is an Associate Professor and the Head of MBA Programmes at the University of Nottingham’s Business School. As part of her role, she oversees both the domestic and international curriculum and is responsible for reimagining the programmes educational structure for a post-COVID world. A task which is not for the faint-hearted.  

It’s not just academic prowess that Terri brings to the classroom. With years of industry-related experience behind her, Terri has the ability to provide invaluable insight and relevant case studies to her students. Alongside her teaching positions at Anglia Ruskin University and Nottingham, Terri is the CEO of Mischief Business Engineering and Braver, Stronger, Smarter, a consultancy and research firm she founded in 2017 focusing on workforce development, capability building, research and experience-based programmes encouraging women to be their brightest selves.  

Other noteworthy highlights on her resumé include an Associate for Portman Partners and Education Principal for CNet Training. But what Terri is most recognised for is her work and research into the Impostor Phenomenon, better known to us common mortals as Imposter syndrome. Simply, it is when a person believes that they’re not up to the job and deny their achievements as flukes, with an undercurrent fear that they’ll soon be found out and exposed as a fraud. It’s more common than you’d think, affecting millions of people worldwide. It’s particularly prevalent in women – a nuance that is not lost on Terri. The gender disparity in imposter syndrome sufferers Terri chalks up to a multitude of reasons, but gender discrimination takes up a good chunk of the blame. Glass ceilings, low pay, and hostile work environments perpetuate the notion that women belong in certain roles and that their work is, on the whole, less valuable than their male counterparts. Spurred on by this, Terri created the aforementioned Braver Stronger Smarter. The service delivers professional coaching to individuals and groups, with the intent of targeting and resolving problems surrounding this phenomenon.

Terri and her achievements are causing something of a stir in the business and academic world. Just this year she was awarded the Global Women in Telco and Tech Agent of Change Award, an accolade for those who champion inclusion and diversity both in and out of the workplace. It was Terri’s research into girls in STEM education and women in the digital sector that qualified her for the prestigious award. She was also named one of the 50 most influential women in the data economy. She has everyone hanging off her every word; her public speaking events are a proven hit, and she’s a regular contributor to industry journals, publications, radio, and television.

Terri is a woman of many talents. She’s a researcher, consultant, business leader, diversity and inclusion advocate and speaker. But it is her role as an educator that we are most inspired by. Ensuring education for the next generation of business leaders in a post-Covid world is no easy task and therefore one that deserves boundless praise. 

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