ABOUT US

Twenty Ten Talent is a pioneering digital platform dedicated to helping black women accelerate their careers.

From our HQ in Los Angeles, we work with clients and partners across the United States, Great Britain and Africa. Twenty Ten Talent partners with industry leading organizations, academic institutions and corporations who are committed to championing diversity, inclusion and equity.

CAREER COACHING

We provide career coaching via personalized, one-to-one sessions to professionals located around the world, via video conference or phone.

CAREER CONTENT

Through our digital platform we share career advice, insights and resources with a global community of black women. We are experts in our field and produce career focused editorial content for media publications and corporations.

CAREER WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

We partner with universities, schools, colleges, corporations and conferences to provide keynote speeches and workshops centered on career advancement, diversity, inclusion and equity.

OCTAVIA GOREDEMA

Twenty Ten Talent founder, career coach, speaker and writer

Founder Octavia Goredema is passionate about enabling others to achieve their potential.

Octavia was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen in 2012, in recognition of her work to support black women in business. In 2010, Octavia was named one of the Young Social Entrepreneurs of the Year at the Future 100 awards.

Octavia is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and currently serves on the National Diversity Committee for the United States. She also served as an ambassador for the RSA’s Diaspora ChangeMakers program, in partnership with Comic Relief. The program identified future leaders from the African Diaspora who are committed to championing change in their communities.

Octavia is a Board Trustee of Zimbabwe Educational Trust and a Patron of City Gateway College in Canary Wharf, London. Prior to becoming a career coach, Octavia worked in public relations for two decades in both Britain and the United States, driving communications strategies for global brands.

In addition to overseeing content for Twenty Ten Talent, Octavia authors career development content for leading companies and media outlets including PayScale, Robert Half International, Black Enterprise magazine in the U.S. and The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. She has interviewed over 150 black women about their careers and is a frequent speaker on the topics of career advancement, diversity and inclusion at conferences around the world.

Octavia is based in Los Angeles. You can find her on LinkedIn and Twitter or email her directly at octavia@twentytenagency.com.

 

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to help black women to accelerate their careers and increase what they earn.

Our drive to undertake this mission is underpinned by data.

On average, women continue to be hired and promoted at lower rates than men, and at senior levels, the gap in promotions is more pronounced for women of color. We are the most underrepresented group in the corporate pipeline.

Black women face more obstacles and a steeper path to leadership, from receiving less support from managers to getting promoted much more slowly.

Although women in general are more likely than men to report they never interact with senior leaders, black women are the most likely of all to report they never have senior-level contact.

This data underscores the current state of play. In the U.S., black women account for just 1.5 percent of senior-level executive positions in the private sector and earn on average 63 cents for every dollar paid to white men. It’s been estimated it could take black women over a century to close the pay gap.

One hundred years is too long to wait. We want to help black women accelerate, starting right now.

 

OUR WORK

University of Oxford and Twenty Ten Talent

Twenty Ten Talent’s founder Octavia Goredema was an ambassador for the University of Oxford’s gender equality campaign to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage.

Octavia Goredema is featured in a major exhibition, Women Who Dared, hosted at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, from March 2018 through to February 2019. The exhibition celebrates women from the UK and Ireland who have made an impactful contribution to education, business, science, politics and the arts.

 

Megabus and Twenty Ten Talent

Twenty Ten Talent’s founder Octavia Goredema was the spokesperson for the national Megabus Career Coach campaign in the United States.

Octavia provided career coaching to Megabus customers on routes from Nevada to California and taped TV appearances to share career advice with viewers.

 

PayScale and Twenty Ten Talent

Twenty Ten Talent founder Octavia Goredema authors career advice columns for PayScale, the salary, benefits and compensation information company based in Seattle.

payscale.com/career-news/author/ogoredema

 

Chevrolet and Twenty Ten Talent

Twenty Ten Talent created a social media campaign to drive awareness of Chevrolet’s Journalism Fellowship for minority students.

 

The White House and Twenty Ten Talent

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans has shared Twenty Ten Talent’s content on social media.

 

Step Up and Twenty Ten Talent

Twenty Ten Talent founder Octavia Goredema led workshops and delivered the keynote at Step Up’s I Dream To… conference in Los Angeles for 10th grade students and their business mentors.

 

 

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