Embracing your cultural identity, working in tech as a black female engineer, and staying curious with Adaeze Iloeje-Udeogalanya

In this episode, Lola speaks with Adaeze Iloeje-Udeogalanya, the founder of African Women in STEM. She is a visionary leader dedicated to empowering women in their pursuit of success, offering them invaluable education, mentorship, and networking opportunities, to seize their potential, own their careers, and make a profound impact.

With a wealth of experience spanning two decades in engineering, Adaeze is a master at transforming challenges into opportunities. Her passion for STEM is contagious, and she strongly advocates celebrating the unique identities and contributions of women in the STEM ecosystem. 

In this episode, we discuss:


  • Reflecting on her journey as a black female engineer and how that gave her a full spectrum view of corporate and the tech industry
  • Actionable steps for immigrants wanting to grow their career in corporate and how it’s not all about the degree you hold
  • The importance of staying curious to find new paths that you didn’t know existed so you can advance in your career
  • Why building relationships with people from different walks of life is important to find new opportunities and discover new ways of doing things
  • An introduction to Adeaze’s TedX about how embracing your cultural identity is key to unlocking your potential
  • Allowing yourself to be vulnerable in the right spaces so you can grow as a person and a professional


Connect with Adaeze: : 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adaeze-iloeje-udeogalanya/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/africanwomenin_stem/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AfricanWomeninSTEM 

Website: https://africanwomeninstem.com/ 

Connect with Lola:

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/428192995622965 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lolaaadeyemopm/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/immigrantsincorporate/ 

Apply to be on the podcast: shorturl.at/dnyEO 


More about Thriving in Intersectionality Podcast:

Welcome to the “Thriving in Intersectionality” podcast. A podcast created to help you learn from professionals in the workplace who have multiple intersectional identities; from ethnic minorities, veterans transitioning into the workforce, individuals with disabilities, parents, and so many more. 


Hosted by Lola Adeyemo, who is the CEO of EQI Mindset and the founder of the nonprofit Immigrants in Corporate Inc, her mission is to work with organizations to build more inclusive workplaces.


This podcast was built to amplify the voices of leaders and immigrants in the corporate workplace and to give insights and guidance so people can move past their “barriers” and advance in their professional careers.


Through interviews and solo episodes, Lola will examine this global world of work. We hope that you can learn a thing or two from our guests, who have a range of experiences and stories to share. Join Lola as we meet new people who are successfully navigating the corporate space.


For more information and additional resources, please visit www.immigrantsincorporate.org and www.eqimindset.com