Intersectionality is the idea that different social categories, such as race, gender, and class, overlap in an individual’s life. In America today, there are many individuals who don’t feel represented or heard due to their intersectional identities – one of those groups are immigrants, especially immigrant women. Corporate leader Lola Adeyemo is using her words to amplify these voices and change the narrative for immigrants and other corporate professionals of intersectional identities.
Lola is an immigrant coach, corporate leader, speaker, and writer who ascends her skills to advance inclusion within corporate workplaces. Her interactions with others have shaped her experiences, and through constant focus beyond diversity to belonging and inclusion, she advocates for equitable corporate workspaces.
Lola has recently released her debut book, Thriving in Intersectionality: Immigrants, Belongings, and Corporate America – a compilation of her experiences, research, and lessons she learned along the way. This book is an honest and raw exploration of what it means to be an immigrant in America. She draws on her experiences and the experiences of over thirty immigrant women to provide insights and practical advice on navigating the challenges of being an immigrant in the corporate world.
The book dives into topics such as actions to leverage cultural uniqueness in the corporate workplace, the impact of the legal barriers and challenges for immigrants to obtain and maintain a job, building a supportive community, and what we can do. Through her words, she encourages readers from all backgrounds to use intersectionality as an advantage and find a way to thrive in their respective work environments.
“I hope that by reading this book, you will discover stories that you can relate to and that can also inform and inspire you to own your identity and thrive in the workplace,” said Lola when discussing her book. “From my stories about my identity as a black immigrant woman, combined with all the multiple intersections of every single woman interviewed, I hope you get to know the individual women, the people behind the stereotypes, and the challenges and strengths of being an immigrant at work.”
Published in November 2022, her book has already received excellent reviews, some of which are listed below:
“Engaging stories that provide tangible examples of how to find, and become, the representation you are looking for.” – Elena Estrada, M.S., Sr. Global Product Marketing Manager at Illumina
“This is powerful stuff! It is relatable, easy to follow and read, and very captivating.” – Hauhna Hicks, Corporate Professional
“It was riveting going through the stories. Those were my favorite parts! – Simone Johnson, Corporate Professional
Lola is a seasoned corporate professional and founder of the Employee Resource Group (ERG) consulting company EQIMindset, which focuses solely on DEI and provides consulting, tools, and communication strategies to help companies improve their DEI efforts through cultivating impactful inclusive communities. She is also the host of a podcast, “Thriving In Intersectionality”, – A podcast created to help you learn from professionals in the workplace who have multiple intersectional identities, including ethnic minorities, veterans transitioning into the workforce, individuals with disabilities, parents, and so many more.
In addition to that, Adeyemo leads a non-profit organization, Immigrants in Corporate (IIC), which is dedicated to inspiring and empowering immigrant professionals in corporate America. Through IIC, she provides resources, support, and workshops for immigrants to thrive and advance in the corporate world.
Lola is using her work to highlight underrepresented voices by pushing corporate America to create equitable workplaces for all. Through her book, her goal is to contribute to the knowledge and awareness of cross-cultural barriers in the corporate world. She hopes that readers will use this book as a tool to help them find and use their communities, own their authentic selves, and find a sense of belonging so they can continue to promote inclusion in their workplaces.
Visit Amazon today and order a copy of Lola’s best-selling book, Thriving in Intersectionality and see what all the fuss is about.