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Titilayo Odion is founder of The Damali Group

 


This week’s Mochapreneur is South Houston Mocha Moms Chapter Treasurer, Titilayo Odion. 
Titilayo is originally from Newark, NJ and holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University where she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  She built a career in public administration beginning with the development and management of self sufficiency programs which fed her passion to help people and give back to her community.

She first got the entrepreneurship bug in 1993 when she opened Naturally Yours, a Bath and Body shop in Newark, NJ which was the first brick and mortar location for Carol's Daughter's products. 

Titilayo headed back to Atlanta, GA in 1998 where she married and had two children.  Unfortunately, the marriage did not last and Titilayo has had to face being a single parent juggling the raising of her two wonderful children (now teens) and providing for the household.  The family moved back to Newark, NJ in 2003 where Titilayo worked with the City of Newark, eventually becoming the Deputy Director for Workforce Development & Director of One Stop Operations.  She also was fortunate to be the Director of the City of New York's Workforce1 Center in the Bronx.  Titilayo soon rejoined the City of Newark as the Supervisor of the City's Office of License's and Permits to be closer to the children during the day.  That positioned parlayed into the founding of The Damali Group with the City of Newark being TDG's first major client.

The Damali Group was founded in 2008 by Titilayo in response to the dysfunction that she observed as a public official and administrator in our government agencies and non-profit organizations.  In addition to addressing these problems, she truly believes that we must build institutions to pass on to our descendants. 

Again, driven by the well-being of her children, Titilayo moved the family to Houston, TX to give them a suburban and family friendly upbringing.  Now settled, Titilayo is re-branding The Damali Group to be a significant player in the B2B and consulting fields. 

The South Houston Chapter President, Latanya Jones says Titilayo “has not only been an asset to our chapter but to the African American community in general. Over the last few years I have watched this amazing woman not only relaunch and grow her current business mentioned below, but single handedly build an online digital magazine highlighting African American centered news and information, that featured ads for black owned businesses and allowing the voice of the people in her small town of Pearland, Texas to be heard.”

Thank you, Titilayo, for all you do!

If you know of a fabulous Mocha who is doing great things at home and beyond, please send us a write-up and a picture at mochapreneurs@mochamoms.org and look for her to be highlighted in upcoming Mocha Mondays. Be sure to put MOCHAPRENEUR in the subject line!

No solicitations, please! This is not for advertising purposes! We are not looking to bombard our Moms with solicitations. It is solely for the purposes of highlighting and supporting our Mochapreneurs and inspiring those Mochas who are interested in similar endeavors. 


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