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Meet the Founder: Lilian O. Ajayi, International Speaker and the Global Ambassador of Hope.

December 9, 2013

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Lilian O. Ajayi

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Lilian O. Ajayi is the Founder and the Executive Director of the Global Connections for Women Foundation. She is a resident of Manhattan New York, with origins in Africa. Lilian is currently an Adjunct Professor of Global Marketing and Public Relations at NYU-SPS. Lilian is a Global Contributor for The Huffington Post. She is a Harvard graduate and a MBA Candidate in Finance & Marketing from Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College. Lilian Ajayi is a Member of the Harvard Club and sits on the several Boards including NAAEP, a Nigerian American Agricultural Empowerment program that trains and empowers farmers through a mechanized farming program. She was awarded the Ambassador of Goodwill of the State of Arkansas and the rest of the World – by the Governor Mike Bebe.

She is the Executive Producer and Host of the television broadcast series “Path to Passion,” where young women entrepreneurs are profiled and interviewed. The show aims to inspire + empower other women to follow and live out their passions. Lilian O. Ajayi debuts her 1st editorial feature on Diplomatic Courier: A Global Affairs Magazine and she joins as a regular contributor for the international magazine. She has been invited to speak at several leadership panels including Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School Economic Business, and NYU-Stern Business Economic Forum. Lilian O. Ajayi was invited as a keynote speaker for the Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI), Trinity College Dublin University of Ireland during the “Inspiring Change: Empowering Women’s Futures in Africa” Africa Day event in Dublin, Ireland – to name a few.

Lilian O. Ajayi was invited to address the United Nations President of the General Assembly and other international delegates at two-day meeting on Climate Change, where she spoke of the impact of the climate change on the rural women in Africa. She was invited by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Office of Political Affairs to speak on “Sustainable Development for Youth Empowerment” at the Presidential Villa in Aso rock, Nigeria. 

Lilian O. Ajayi led a Workshop on the Status of Women and Girls in Africa and Rest of the World and spoke on a “UN Women” panel during the United Nations Youth Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York. 

Lilian Ajayi has interned for the Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Mayor Anthony Williams, and at the American Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO), serving their constituents as a political representative in Oakland, CA and in Washington, DC. She has been recognized for her dedication and commitment to community service and is a recipient of several congressional awards.

Lilian Ajayi spent a portion of career working at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, representing the Mission of Nigeria to the UN, and served on the Social Economic Committee as the economic development policy negotiator. Lilian Ajayi is currently working on her first fictional Novel, and has led Digital Marketing Strategy, Online Marketing Campaigns and Data Intelligence Analytics efforts for numerous Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies.

With GC4W, Lilian O. Ajayi hopes to encourage other women to Give Back through the GC4W Champions program, and inspire women and youth in underserved communities through the GC4W connection, education and empowerment programs. Her dream is to someday create one of the largest women and girls empowerment programs in the world through the Global Connections for Women Foundation platform.

If you are interest in requesting Lilian Ajayi as a speaker for your upcoming event, please send us an email at info@gc4women.org. Visit speaking engagements for her upcoming and previous speaking events. 

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