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March 2, 2018

Spotlight On: Yomi Abiola, Founder of The Fem League

The 4-1-1 on Yomi:

  • Hometown: London, UK
  • Currently living in: London, NYC, and Stockholm
  • Astrological sign: Aries
  • Favorite book: "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe
  • Dream job when you were younger: Actress
  • Area of focus: My mission is to support women in living their most power-filled lives. I advance women through the use of multimedia, community building, and shaping company culture.

5 Questions with Yomi

How do you keep yourself motivated and feeling empowered?
I make sure that I stay in touch with a purpose that's greater than myself. I believe that the advancement of women is the key to the evolution of humanity. Until we live in a society where women are standing in the fullness of their power, I can't afford to feel unmotivated.

What do you think is the biggest issue for women leaders in the workplace?
I believe one of the biggest issues for women in the workplace is lack of mandate and true collaboration.

Tell us how your life experience has shaped you into who you are today.
Like many people, I have faced many challenges. I realize that challenges can be a gift if we are willing to face them truthfully. I have also realized that I have the power and ability to recreate myself anew whenever I want.

Can you share one piece of life advice and one piece of career advice?
I think my life advice and career advice are more or less the same: I always say that "people can only see as far for you as they can see for themselves." Early in life, I shared my dreams and aspirations with people who had no vision for their own lives and I would expect them to be able to share enthusiasm for my dreams, which was wishful thinking.

How do you maintain a good work/life balance?
An amazing teacher once told me to go for harmony over balance. I also am fiercely focusing on what nourishes me past the moment. I ask myself if I will get good value out of how I choose to spend my time.

Follow Yomi here: @yomi_abiola and @thefemleague

Author

Alexis Bridenbaugh