Elevating Underrepresented Voices for an Inclusive Workplace
"I am scientifically trained but people passionate"
Inclusion is intersectional and looks different for every organization. Bridging the divide within diverse individuals in corporate spaces has to be intentional and the organization must build systems that support inclusion at every stage of the business.
Lola Adeyemo is a passionate and resourceful leader, who believes in and actively promotes inclusive leadership with the power of harnessing individual motivation for increasing employee engagement in the workplace. She advocates for an inclusive lens across every level within corporations as well as the empowerment of individual contributors, managers, and leaders to own their careers and pursue their purpose and passions in the corporate workplace.
Lola has a Master of Science in Biotechnology, a Bachelor of Technology in Biochemistry, and is currently working towards her Doctorate in Strategic leadership with a dissertation focus on informal teams and employee resource groups. She has an extensive background in project management, supply chain, data analysis, people management, and HR compliance and has spent 13+ years in roles across multiple global organizations within the manufacturing and biotechnology industries.
In addition to her role as Founder & CEO of EQI Mindset, a management consulting company focused on Team and ERG optimization, Lola is also the Co-Founder of Sapient Logic LLC a Technology company in San Diego, CA. Lola is a strategic networker, volunteer, and mentor currently serving on the board of directors of Girls Inc. of San Diego and in an advisory capacity to a few other organizations aligned with her passions. As a career mom of 3, Lola constantly works on thriving at home and work and advocates for policies that enable all individuals to balance every aspect of their lives. Her book on "Immigrant Women in Corporate America" is sechuled for a Fall 2022 release date.
The Transforming Impact of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
The Organization of Today is - Globalized, Cultural Aware, Tech Savvy and Diverse in different ways: Racial, Gender, Generational, Learning Style. The future needs all the facets to function well together and can only do that by putting the people first in designing the systems.
Employee Resource Groups help to fluidly build inclusion into your organization culture and framework in a way that leverages what diversity looks like for your organization benefiting the employees as individuals, your organizational goals and your customers.
WHAT: Understand Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
WHY: Learn why your organization needs an ERG
HOW: Key steps to building new and optimizing existing ERGs
Beyond the Buzzwords: Representation, Identity & Belonging at Work
Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. These three words have become elevated buzzwords in the last few years. Shareholders, Customers, and Candidates are now paying more attention to organizational “Stance” on DEI.
On the employee side, individuals are reassessing career paths and defining the next steps. Should I be staying or moving on? What should the move look like? Internal or external? How do I do what I love in the space that I love?
As we dive into strategies to build inclusive workplaces and prioritize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at work, It is important to recognize Inclusion from the individual perspective. Aligning leadership goals and employee goals requires intentional efforts to address the gaps from different perspectives. Learn:
What Identity & Belonging Means
Get Clear on Representation Impact
Strategies for Finding & Leveraging Belonging Spaces at Work
Developing Engaged Talent: The Case for Employee Resource Group (ERG) Development
The great resignation, migration, reshuffle is impacting organizations in various ways. The quest for talent is becoming a battle for talent.
In parallel, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are on the increase. These internal networks of employees cut across multiple intersections and functional departments and can be a source of competitive advantage for the overall business strategy. As HR leaders, Professionals, and People Leaders are evaluating and assessing internal talent, the move to recruitment and development from within supports working with employees that you already have. Gain insights on how to begin to incorporate ERGs with your recruitment, succession planning, and retention strategies. Learn:
The Core Value of Successful ERGs
How to develop ERG leaders as Business Assets
How to Build External Talent advantage from your ERGs
I really enjoyed getting to know Lola in preparation for and during PowerToFly’s Diversity Reboot Summit. Lola’s goal as a moderator was to both let our brand shine and be an asset to the audience, which she pulled off with flying colors. I look forward to working with her again.
Founder + CEO, GrasshoppHer
Lola is an engaging speaker. Her passion and personal storytelling feel conversational as if you were just discussing with a friend and getting advice verse feeling like you are attending a formal lecture.
(CC, CL, SR2) North County Toastmasters
I consider Lola to be the ERG guru and an expert in all things DEI! She is an amazing communicator and is able to connect easily with her audience through stories, practical examples, and her own authentic speaking style. I always value her perspective, she's the type of person you definitely want on your team when solving problems in the DEI space
CEO at Diversity By Design, Founder of the Inclusion 1st Project
Lola Adeyemo is a passionate and inspiring speaker and expert on how to build diverse, inclusive, and effective workplaces. She leverages her years of navigating corporate environments and building employee research groups from the ground up to help business leaders and organizations achieve their missions. Her relatable personality and willingness to share personal stories will engage any audience. We were honored to have her speak at the 2019 Gritty Leadership Conference, and look forward to inviting her back again
Chief Operating Officer at Vidaloop & Founder of the Gritty Leadership Conference