Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu PhD, MBA, LLM, MA, LLB, IAQ New York Attorney & Solicitor of England & Wales .Founder & Editor-in-Chief of the Women in Leadership publication
Shola is a dual qualified lawyer with broad corporate and commercial experience in the financial services industry with key focus on corporate investment banking and asset management. She is the Editor of the quarterly global Women in Leadership publication and also a Huffington Post contributor. She founded the legal consultancy company, Legal Distinction, to provide strategic legal risk management to SMEs. She has a decade of experience facilitating effective decision making to deliver key mandates; brokering strong alliances and cultivating productive relationships to influence and shape outcomes. Shola is passionate about diversity, socio-legal values and mentoring people to be visionary and achieving their goals. She is also one of the organisers of Win Trade Week in London.
Tell us about your professional background and why you chose the path you are on?
I wear a number of hats. I am a lawyer by profession with dual qualification in New York and England & Wales. My background is in the financial services sector with over 15 years experience across investment banking, asset management, commercial & corporate law. I’m also involved in advocacy and activism.
In a way I chose the paths but in some instances the paths chose me. The different paths I’m involved in is because I am passionate about what I do, can/can’t do and what I will learn from the different paths I take. I enjoy meeting people, supporting causes that will relieve the burden off others and using my skills & experience to make a difference.
You are a passionate about your work, what drives your vision?
My faith that we are all destined to fulfil a purpose and God has empowered each of us to be a vessel of blessing and conduit for change.
What is the closest cause to your heart?
Justice and Equal Opportunities
What current projects are you working on?
Quite a number truth be told but here are a few – holding a Women’s March London presentation at the House of Lords to platform modern day struggles; organising a conference on Institutional Sexual Harassment as a one of the founders of the Inclusion Convention; and co-organising the WINTRADE convention – a 5 day signature event in London for women in business from around the world.
What is your vision for an enhanced world? What needs to happen?
A conscious revolution needs to happen where individually and collectively we make a conscious effort to be the change and representation we want to see.
What are the 3 key steps you took, and which could inspire other people to change their lives for the better and ultimately our collective world?
1. Make the time – no one HAS the time, you have to MAKE the time.
2. Authenticity – be true to yourself. That will hold you true and steady.
3. Self-educate – ignorance is no defence. Make the effort to learn about what you don;t know. Make your own informed decisions and don’t simply adopt other people’s opinions because you can only defend and articulate your opinion effectively.
What do adults have to practically do to inspire younger generations?
Talk WITH them not OVER them. Remember what it was like to be their age, see the world through their eyes and meet then at their level.
How do you keep the balance in your busy life and what is your idea of a dream holiday?
What balance? I take each day as it comes and pray to God for guidance. I’m always grateful my head hits the pillow at night. I’m not a superwoman.
Dream holiday would be somewhere safe, warm, lots of fresh food, kids having fun, hubby relaxed doing his thing and me doing nothing but eating, reading and sleeping.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
Playing doctor in a nursery school in Philadelphia when we lived there. I was about 3 or 4 yrs old.
What is your favourite food?
Oh dear… Loads of competitors here. There’s yam with fried eggs and grilled fish; or Nigerian jollof rice with plantain, meat and egg; or my husband’s Nigerian beans with vegetable stew, plantain and cow or goat meat
Who most inspires you?
If you could be anyone in history for a day – past or current – who would you choose to be and why?
I don’t want to be anyone else but the best version of me.