Tendayi R Chivunga | Inspiring Women Globally to RISE
We interviewed the beautiful and inspirational Tendayi. A Mom, Successful lawyer and a Beacon of Hope for a Nation. Read how she is supporting women and leaving a powerful legacy for her daughter
Name: Tendayi R Chivunga
Business Name: Tee Legal
Favorite Quote to live by:
“Prepared by my past, not imprisoned by it” Tendayi
1. Please give us a bit of background on who you are and what you do? (what is your backstory/your business)
I am a hardworking Zimbabwean business woman. I am the principal of Tee Legal, the first black owned law firm in Newcastle NSW. I was the first black woman to appear in a number of Courts where I live. I am fiercely independent, have a reputation for great outcomes and work hard to get the best possible results for my clients. I have had to fight to get where I am and this makes me determined and successful.
2. What are three business & life lessons you have learned throughout your journey?
I have learned that no man is an island. Everyone needs help and support. In this, family is key.
Never mix business with pleasure; in this, business can destroy relationships.
Word of mouth is the most effective method of advertisement.
3. What advice can you give other entrepreneurs that are struggling to break through the glass ceiling in reaching their goals?
Patience, perseverance and persistence. Business is a roller-coaster of emotions and everyone gets a turn. You have good days, bad days and in-between days. During the lows remember the highs and during the highs remember the struggle. And always remain humble.
4. When & how did your big shift take place?
My big shift took place when I became a Mum. I realized I wanted to leave my daughter a legacy. I also wanted to support women in business during pregnancy and when they decided to return to work as my industry has gaps that many attest to.
5. What inspires and motivates you? What wakes you up every morning, make you get the work done and do it all over again the next day?
My daughter, my partner and my family. Also, women in Australia and in Zimbabwe. I want to be a beacon of hope for my nation. Zimbabwe is going through a horrific time. It has been raped by greed and deceit and its coffers are barren. I want women in Zimbabwe to know that they can rise from the ashes. And just as I came from nothing, they can become something.
6. How do you differentiate yourself from your competitors? What makes you unique?
I am personable, effervescent, multi-lingual and can bridge any cultural divide. I have unique insight into trauma associated with poverty and have mastered the art of being a voice for the voiceless. I can speak to men and women across the board quite candidly because I can sympathize on most levels.
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