Dr Maria Phalime

Location: Based in Cape Town


Artist Info


Failing Forward

Failure is a common human experience. What separates those who succeed from those who don’t is how they respond in the face of failure.

In this talk Maria shares her journey through medicine and the lessons she learned which enabled her to reinvent her professional life and become an inspiration and change agent for doctors. She also delves into the value of embracing failure by contrasting the attitudes of two industries (healthcare and aviation) towards failure and the vastly different results they achieve.

In Failing Forward audiences will be empowered to maximise the growth and learning opportunities available in failure by:

  • Acknowledging the failure, the first critical step in failing forward. 
  • Interrogating failure to determine what went wrong.
  • Learning the lessons that come from the interrogation.
  • Applying the lessons in order to transform failure into progress.

This talk is valuable for organisations who are committed to ongoing learning and improvement. Everybody stumbles; it’s how we respond to challenges that matters.

Noteworthy Performances

  • Eskom Trendspotting Indaba 
  • Sanlam Women's Event 
  • Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA) Convention
  • School Librarians Conference 
  • TEDx Johannesburg
  • Stanford Lake College
  • Herschel Girls High School
  • Proudly Primary Conference
  • University of the Free State Graduation Ceremony
  • University of Stellenbosch Medical Oat Taking Ceremony

Client Feedback

“I cannot tell you how much we appreciated your visit to the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State and your stunning presentation at the two graduation ceremonies. You are a powerful role model to our students as an accomplished medical professional, businesswoman and mother.”  - Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Free State

“One of my favourite talks from TEDxJohannesburg 2014. Thank you.”  - Kelo Kubu, TEDxJohannesburg Convener

“Charming, confident, understated, articulate, eloquent, intelligent.”  - Peter Foster, Director, Foster Wealth Management

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Typical Budget for Dr Maria Phalime is
R20000 - R35000.


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