Dr. Shirley Zinn hails from Cape Town's 'Cape Flats' and started her career as a secondary school teacher of English before moving to the University of the Western Cape where she lectured in Teacher Education.
Dr Zinn serves as Executive Director on the Board of Boston Consulting Group and is a coach, mentor, and entrepreneur who serves and has served on the boards of several major companies, trusts, charities, and universities.
Shirley also heads her own company, Shirley Zinn Consulting, that provides consulting and advisory services in HR, transformation, leadership, and education. In 2015, Shirley published her autobiography, “Swimming Upstream.”
Since the launch of her book, she has done several “Swimming Upstream” talks nationally at corporates, schools, universities, and charities, with the hope of motivating and inspiring especially disadvantaged youth and women.