Lekan Olawoye

Lekan Olawoye

Founder and CEO, Black Professionals in Tech Network

A passionate advocate for organizational change and lasting progress, Lekan Olawoye is a leader who is equally comfortable offering high-level business advice as he is passionately speaking about how to be an effective ally. His organization, the Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN), is the largest of its kind in Canada and the third largest in the US with an organization spanning over 10,000 members. Olawoye’s cross-sector experience gives him the skills to foster transformational change and provide critical guidance on harnessing the power of meaningful diversity.

Olawoye honed his expertise across roles spanning from local non-profit organizations to government advisory boards to executive boardrooms. As lead executive, Talent Development at the MaRS District, Olawoye helped ensure workers had the skills and adaptability needed to thrive in modern work environments. Throughout these roles, Olawoye has earned a reputation for effective leadership and peerless vision, resulting in industry awards and accolades.

With his proven insight and tireless dedication to inclusivity, Olawoye’s perspective is sought by people across many fields. He’s been published in The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and TechCrunch, and the annual BPTN summit is the largest virtual Black tech summit globally, with thousands of attendees in person and online.


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.