iamthenublack: Octavia Goredema of The Twenty Ten Club

Introduce yourself

My name’s Octavia Goredema and I’m the founder of a social enterprise called the Twenty Ten Club.

The Twenty Ten Club is a networking organisation for Black female entrepreneurs.  I started the club in March 2010 while I was working on my first start-up. I realised from my own experience how important it is to connect with other business owners to share ideas, resources and basically support one another, so I decided to start the club.

I host monthly events for our members in London and I also interview successful Black business women on our website.

I’m passionate about sharing the stories of Black female business role models.  I love using the interviews to shine a spotlight on their success and hopefully help inspire the next generation of young women who will follow in their footsteps.

Favourite song lyric

No words to say
No words to convey
This feeling inside I have for you

Deep in my heart
Safe from the guards
Of intellect and reason

– Tracy Chapman, For You
I’m inspired by

People who are really good at what they do. I get a kick out of meeting people who have a talent and use it to make a real difference. All of the women I’ve interviewed for the Twenty Ten Club are inspirational to me for that reason.

My icons past/present

My mother, because she’s amazing, smart and tenacious and my husband, because he’s the most intelligent and talented man I’ve ever met.

Thenublack philosophy/mantra according to Octavia Goredema

Believe in yourself without question.  You can do whatever you put your mind to and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.

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