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.