Episode Date April 20, 2021
Featured Guest Octavia Goredema
Featured Book "Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person" by Shonda Rhimes

Episode Summary

Octavia Goredema reading from ‘Year of Yes’ and discussing what it means to be the first first.

What does it take to be at the very top of your game? That’s something Octavia Goredema thinks about frequently. As the founder of Twenty Ten Agency, a media platform providing career coaching services, Octavia and her team strive to elevate career opportunities for under-represented professionals. She was also appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen, and she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, leading the Gender Equity Network in the United States of America. As a woman of colour, Octavia has firsthand experience with inequality in society and its emotional toll. In this episode of 2 Pages with MBS, she shares her story and how she attempts to make the world a more inclusive place through her work.

The book Octavia reads from is titled ‘Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person,’ written by Shonda Rhimes. [reading begins at 4:15]

You’ll hear MBS and Octavia discuss:

  • Managing vulnerability when starting new projects [10:45]
  • Receiving validation [15:44]
  • What success means [19:41]
  • What Octavia aims to teach her readers [21:20]
  • Women of colour can’t fix all of the systemic issues alone [22:18]
  • Realising your worth [25:05]

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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