Lola Banjo is a humble student of life who enjoys living her life to the fullest. She is an enthusiastic lover of travel, photography, adventure, sports, cars, fashion and finance. Not to mention her darling Belgian waffles (Liege).
She is full of life, full of energy, compassionate and a firm believer in working hard, playing hard. She loves learning new things and improving the scope of her knowledge, especially as it relates to World Affairs and the role Education and Finance can play in the enhancement of lives. In addition, she is passionate about learning about other cultures/new languages, traveling, technology, photography/arts, philanthropy and education initiatives for children in developing nations.
Lola holds a B.S. in Materials Engineering with minors in Mathematics, Economics and Computer Science from Rutgers University’s School of Engineering, a M.S. in Financial Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Risk Managementfrom NYU’s Department of FInance and Risk Engineering in the School of Engineering (Poly), and an MBA in Strategy, Finance and Decision Sciences from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. In addition, she has been opportuned to study at some of the most prestigious business universities in the world including study abroad programs at Fundação_Getúlio_Vargas School of Management in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany and Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
She currently resides in Washington D.C. (by way of hometown, New York, NY) and works as a Finance Management Consultant helping clients improve their Financial Operations and execute on their Business Strategy.
I’m an avid reader and pseudo book collector (my library is vast). I have a natural curiosity and I am a fan of enhancing my knowledge on topics I am passionate about especially Business/Economics/Finance, Socioeconomics, World Affairs, African-American History, Yankees/baseball history, as well as general self-help books.
Some of my favorite books include Black Boy by Richard Wright, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics by Levitt and Dubner, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama, My American Journey by Colin Powell, Art of War by Sun Tzu and Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman.
I am always in search of a good read, so please feel free to suggest some books I should check out!
My musical taste has been said to be “all over the place“. I’m genre blind… at the end of the day, I love good music.
Some of my faves are: Linkin Park, Tina Turner, The Temptations, The Supremes, The O’Jays, The Four Tops, The Four Seasons, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Nirvana, Metallica, Rick Ross, Michael Jackson, M.I.A, Kid Sister, Sade, Nas, REM, Bob Marley, Tracey Chapman, Bon Jovi, Too Short, Enya, Rammstein, Meshell Ndegeocello, Goo Goo Dolls and Phil Collins.
As a kid, I’d ask my parents how to become successful. Dad would say “its all about hardwork…you reap what you sow”, and Mom would say “its all about the people you surround yourself with & how you treat them”. I think they are both genius =)
Aside from my parents, I also admire/am influenced/inspired by Warren Buffett, Indra Nooyi, Ursula Burns, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Mae Jemison, Michelle Obama, Steve Jobs, Michael Bloomberg, Benazir Bhutto, Oprah, Stevie Wonder and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover!” – Mark Twain.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt