Octavia Goredema MBE is an award winning social entrepreneur. In 2012, The Queen awarded her the lifetime honor of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), in recognition of her services to support black women in business. She is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and was recognized as a Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the Future 100 awards. Octavia is passionate about enabling others to achieve their potential.
Read on to find out why Octavia is a leader…
Country of birth:
African countries you have visited:
Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tunisia
Your family background:
Tell us something about your leadership roles (employed or voluntary):
Octavia Goredema MBE is the founder and editor of Twenty Ten Talent, a media platform that helps talented black women accelerate their careers. Octavia also founded Twenty Ten Club, a social enterprise supporting black female entrepreneurs. Octavia is a board trustee of Zimbabwe Educational Trust, a charity that helps keep disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe in school and out of poverty.
What recent achievements (in the last 3 years) are you proud of and why. Give examples of the positive impact you have made in the diaspora and/or on the continent:
I have been a board trustee at Zimbabwe Educational Trust for almost three years now. Last year, in 2016, ZET supported projects across Zimbabwe including educational visits to schools to promote conservation farming. We supported over 20 trainees graduating from Rafiki Girl's Centre in Harare with professional skills to enable them to pursue their future careers. We also assisted in the provision of hundreds of birth certificates to enable children in Zim to pursue their education. Almost one-third of Zimbabwean children don't have a birth certificate, which prevents them from accessing basic rights as well as school enrolment and registering for exams.
In November 2015 I launched Twenty Ten Talent. In a short space of time we have built a growing international community of professionals who are committed to championing diversity. Twenty Ten Talent content has been shared by The White House and the United Nations, and we’ve worked with leading companies including Mastercard, HP, Dell and Chevrolet to share career advancement opportunities and champion black women who are making their mark.
I have been invited to attend a UN Women summit in Washington DC in March. The summit is centered on opening doors of opportunity to women in technology. I have profiled a number of black women in tech on Twenty Ten, and also written about diversity in tech for The Guardian newspaper - https://www.theguardian.com/women-in-leadership/2014/jul/08/women-of-colour-technology-industry-diversity.
A few words of advice to young leaders (age 5-11):
Education is so important. If you have the opportunity to learn seize it. Don’t be afraid of failing, just keep focused on school and learning as much as you can. If you cmake the most of your education everything else will fall into place.