About ​Lọ́lá Béjidé

Before founding Soluman Consultancy, I obtained 20+ years of corporate experience as an Snr Business Manager & Global training lead working within leading organisations such as Merrill Lynch, Zenith Bank (Nigeria), HSBC, JP Morgan, ABN AMRO and Barclays.

During my corporate career, my side of the desk role always included mentoring and coaching and mentoring numerous Entry-level employees, especially those from ethnically diverse communities and low socioeconomic backgrounds.

My primary focus was on supporting them in successfully adapting to corporate culture and equipping them with the tools and strategies to map out their career progression trajectory. We also addressed how to navigate the bumps in the journey & ultimately transform them from employees to “architects of their career”.

I now passionately work with organisations to create holistic developmental frameworks for ALL entry/rising talent via various programmes and workshops that enable organisations to build and sustain equitable, diverse and inclusive talent pipelines.

As a certified career coach specialising in helping professionals navigate their corporate careers in those crucial formative and developmental stages. I deliver impactful 1-1 career coaching, group career coaching and people skills/leadership workshops for those at the early stages of their careers. 

The combination of lived experience, insights from clients and professional development has provided a rich catalogue of speaking material on topics ranging from: 

  • Career development, 

  • Equitable opportunities for progress for under-represented groups, 

  • Personal Branding, 

  • Cultural barriers to career progress (and several other related topics).

For speaking engagement enquiries, don’t be shy to contact me directly: lola@solumanconsultancy.com

 

MY WHY

Whilst mentoring new entrants to the corporate world, a significant number were unprepared for the challenges corporate environments can throw at you; gradually, their enthusiasm and confidence deflated. They no longer felt “safe” and were fearful of making errors,  equating to not fully trying, resulting in the organisation not receiving all the value their entry talent had to give.

I see wasted potential as a crime, hence my desire to support early-career talent to create “safe” places for them to learn and, if needs be, fail, learn from their “fail” and grow. We are all capable of greatness; we all have our USP (Unique Sprinkle Powers) that brings value to the table, sometimes we require the support to unravel our Value Added Talent – and this is why I do what I do!

MY WHAT

My engagements leave you with several “a-ha, lightbulb experiences” that enables you to identify the value you bring to the table, examine how it aligns with your career / or perhaps explore the possibility of pivoting to another career path.

We map out the route to arrive at your career goal, identify the development areas required to shine, and keep on top of your game. We work through the challenges, find methods to break through barriers and celebrate your successes together!

As a Black female, I am an ardent advocate for equitable opportunities for everyone regardless of race, gender, class, sexual orientation. Whilst conversations are ongoing regarding how to bring this to fruition; my equitable employee engagement workshops support those organisations that have moved from talking about it to the DOING stage.

MY HOW

Working with me is fun but hard-work as I subscribe to a no-nonsense approach to ensure you put the work in to achieve your career goals. The three words most commonly used to describe me are Passionate, Supportive, and High Energy & once you work with me, you will see why!

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