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Birthday honours for duo

RECOGNITION: Dr Lorna Cork (left) and Octavia Goredema

TWO WOMEN with their roots in Birmingham have been awarded MBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for their work in inspiring others to realise their dreams.

Dr Lorna Cork, an experienced researcher and education consultant, has received an MBE for her services to education, while 33-year-old Octavia Goredema has been given the MBE for helping to inspire black female entrepreneurs across the UK.

Dr Cork has been praised for the development of her ‘Yes We Will’ educational leadership, achievement and parental engagement programme, inspired by the presidential election trail of Barack Obama.

As a visionary leader, she is known to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving and has an excellent reputation for her child and family-centred approach, which recognises that equality is integral to organisational and school improvement.

Goredema, set up the inspiring Twenty Ten Club, a social enterprise dedicated to nurturing entrepreneurial acumen among women.

The club offers business development support for black female business owners and shares the success stories of more than 100 entrepreneurs on its website.

Goredema, who grew up in Sutton Coldfield, recently launched an ‘interview an entrepreneur’ school programming, enabling students of all backgrounds and ages to interview the black female role models they most admire.

The Twenty Ten Club also hosts business development events in London and will be expanding to the US later this year.

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