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Octavia Goredema      

Award-Winning Author & Career Coach

Octavia Goredema is an award-winning author, career coach and speaker. Goredema is the author of "Prep, Push, Pivot: Essential Career Strategies for Underrepresented Women," heralded as a book of the year by Cosmopolitan and Refinery29.

An acclaimed career expert, Goredema’s insights have been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Business Insider, and Los Angeles Times, among others. Goredema co-hosted and produced HBR Now, Harvard Business Review’s weekly live show about leadership.

Goredema is a sought-after speaker by leading corporations, institutions, and conferences including Google, Tinder, American Airlines, Kyndryl, Deutsch, Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, LIGO Laboratory, University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, and the University of Oxford.

Originally from England, Goredema was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen in recognition of her work, one of the United Kingdom’s highest civic honors. Goredema is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, where she leads the Gender Equity network in the United States. Goredema is an Ambassador of the Pankhurst Centre, the iconic site of women’s activism, past and present.

Speech Topics

How Organizations Can Advance and Retain Underrepresented Professionals

How leaders can advance, retain, and empower underrepresented professionals the workplace.

Own Your Career and Overcome Obstacles

Know your worth, cement your career values, overcome obstacles, and align your actions to achieve your career goals.

Paying It Forward

How to be an impactful mentor and advocate for underrepresented professionals in the workplace.

Position Yourself for a Promotion

How to determine if you’re ready for a promotion, how to make the ask, and how to navigate the next steps.

Achieving Your Career Goals as a Working Parent

How to prepare for a career break, how to navigate the return to work, and how to align your career goals as a working parent.

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