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A Message from our Executive Director

I am thrilled for the opportunity to serve as Executive Director of this organization. My first foray into economics came as an undergraduate student interested in international studies. While my interests evolved throughout college and graduate school, my drive to understand the “why” behind many of our society’s inequities never faded. This underlying theme motivated my studies and informed my professional aspirations. 


Uncovering the “why” and actively creating pathways to explore how students can find their own way to turn such an interest into opportunities for lifelong learning have shaped my career thus far. Focusing on the intersection of education and career readiness is especially important to Black women who have been historically underrepresented and undervalued, and that is why I am proud to join Sadie Collective. 


Here, I am eager to be part of providing community and support for Black women who not only understand the “why,” but also the “how” to overcome these inequities through the tools gained through their study of economics and related fields. With mentorship and providing a spotlight for their work, we continue to center the framework of Black Women Best through our events, services, and advocacy. 


“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” The Sadie Collective embodies these words by Coretta Scott King. I look forward to working with not only the incredible team, but the community of members, allies, and institutions that champion Black women at all stages of their journey with economics.


Towards progress,

Bola Olaniyan 

Dear Sadie Collective Community,

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