Lekan Olawoye

Lekan Olawoye

Founder and CEO, Black Professionals in Tech Network

Lekan Olawoye is the founder and CEO of Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) — the largest Black tech and business community in North America — and is a passionate advocate for organizational change and lasting progress. He was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2021 for his indelible mark as a thought leader in Black tech. Olawoye draws on his cross-sector experience to help audiences learn how to foster transformational change and harness the power of meaningful diversity.

Prior to BPTN, Olawoye was the program director then lead executive of talent development at MaRS Discovery District. There, he guided professionals in adapting to new environments in fast-growing companies. Olawoye was also the executive director of For Youth Initiative and served as the chair of the Ontario government in 2013.  Throughout these roles, Olawoye earned a reputation for effective leadership and incomparable vision.

In February 2022, Olawoye and his team launched Obsidi by BPTN, an all-in-one networking platform for Black professionals to access more opportunities and level up their careers. Olawoye also created BFUTR, the largest Black professional summit in North America, with a mandate to disrupt the network gap facing Black professionals. His work has received media coverage in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and TechCrunch.

Olawoye has a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University and a Master’s in Social Work, with a specialization in non-profit management, from the University of Toronto. He has volunteered with the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) and the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services.


Understanding the Black Experience and Becoming an Ally

Many corporate leaders would like to be an ally of the Black community, their employees and clients, but don’t know where to start. Lekan Olawoye helps audiences lean into this important conversation, providing historical context and insights into the Black experience and giving practical tools on how to become an intentional ally. Audiences will learn how to hire and retain more Black professionals, and to build their organization so that it is seen as an ally.

Turbocharge your Career with Mentorship and Sponsorship

In this global economy, top performing professionals must build competitive advantages to grow their career. A key advantage that most successful professionals have mastered is their ability to cultivate career mentors and sponsors. At different stages of a career, it’s critically important to have an executive leader who will be your advocate. As a longtime mentor and advisor, Lekawn Olawoye shows audiences how to build authentic relationships with the right leaders to ensure success and capitalize on talent across an organization.

Understanding the Black Experience and Becoming an Ally

Many corporate leaders would like to be an ally of the Black community, their employees and clients, but don’t know where to start. Lekan Olawoye helps audiences lean into this important conversation, providing historical context and insights into the Black experience and giving practical tools on how to become an intentional ally. Audiences will learn how to hire and retain more Black professionals, and to build their organization so that it is seen as an ally.

Turbocharge your Career with Mentorship and Sponsorship

In this global economy, top performing professionals must build competitive advantages to grow their career. A key advantage that most successful professionals have mastered is their ability to cultivate career mentors and sponsors. At different stages of a career, it’s critically important to have an executive leader who will be your advocate. As a longtime mentor and advisor, Lekawn Olawoye shows audiences how to build authentic relationships with the right leaders to ensure success and capitalize on talent across an organization.