Taryl Ogle

Acacia Zenzele Contractors

What does your company do?

Acacia Zenzele Contractors is a commodities trading company, specializing in the procurement and distribution of key industrial minerals and resources. With a focus on inclusivity and breaking the boundaries in a traditionally male dominated industry. We leverage our extensive network and deep market insights to facilitate seamless transactions and deliver exceptional value to our clients.

What is your biggest success?

Our biggest success at Acacia Zenzele Contractors has been establishing a robust and ethical supply chain that bridges gaps between emerging markets and supply chain. By leveraging innovative strategies and building strong relationships with buyers and our raw material suppliers, we have facilitated sustainable trade practices that are significantly beneficial. This achievement is underscored by our commitment to transparency, integrity, and social responsibility, which has not only enhanced our reputation but also driven growth and profitability. Our ability to adapt to market fluctuations and geopolitical shifts while maintaining our core values has solidified our position as a trusted 'company to watch' in the commodities trading industry.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

The biggest hurdle I've faced has mainly been overcoming ingrained industry biases and stereotypes. This field is traditionally male-dominated, and gaining credibility and respect required consistently proving my expertise and resilience. Navigating this landscape involved addressing preconceived notions about women's roles and capabilities in high-stakes trading environments. Despite these challenges, I focused on building a strong network, demonstrating unwavering professionalism, and delivering consistent results. Over time, these efforts have not only helped in breaking down barriers but also in paving the way for other youth, particularly other women to enter and thrive in the commodities trading sector.