Adeola Adejobi, Esq.
Adeola Adejobi is an attorney, entrepreneur and speaker. After obtaining her degree in Political Science with a minor in Comparative Women’s Studies from Spelman College, she started her career in the Public Service and Diversity Department at the law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. Adeola went on to obtain her law degree from Cornell Law School with a specialization in International Legal Affairs. During her time in law school, she worked at Habitat for Humanity International and the Office of Legal Affairs at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
Adeola started her career at a nationally recognized firm practicing commercial litigation. In 2011, she launched the Avant-Garde Network. The mission of the Avant-Garde Network is to promote diversity and inclusion through networking, recruiting, career development, training, panels, partnerships and events. More importantly she organically grew the organization to engage over 2,500 members by creating a collaborative ecosystem for professionals of color.
Adeola understands that meeting the career aspirations of professionals of color requires more than just the standard engagement. She is also committed to highlighting areas that need diversity. Knowing this, she created initiatives such as Africa 2030, Law Tech and Innovation, and the Dealmakers Roundtable, just to name a few. These events and discussions provide specific insight and information on sectors and industries. Her passion for community engagement has also led her to lead several millennial political engagement events.
Currently, Adeola is an attorney at New York City’s Housing Preservation and Development Agency (HPD), the largest municipal affordable housing preservation and development agency in the nation. Since 2015, she has chaired the Real Estate Committee for the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. She is also an active member of the New York Bar Association, Council of Urban Real Estate, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Adeola is the recipient of the several awards, including the E. Randolph Williams Award for Pro Bono Service, the New York State Bar Association’s Empire State Counsel Award and the NV Magazine 2017 Movers and Shakers Award. She is a 2017 Council of Urban Professionals Fellow, a leadership initiative created by the Council of Urban Professionals and she sits on the Advisory Board of the National Black Law Students Association.
Corporate Counsel Women of Color One Day Career Strategies Conference, Diverse Women Who Successfully Climbed the Leadership Ladder (2017) - Moderator
Columbia Law School, African Economic Forum, Women in Business Panel (2017) - Panelist
Avant-Garde Network, Gentrification: How to Make Affordable Housing More Affordable (2017) - Moderator
National Black Law Students Association Conference, Alternative Careers for Lawyers (2017) – Panelist
Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Community Activism: What’s being Done and How to Get Involved (2016) - Moderator
Real Estate Associate Program (2016) - Speaker
Cornell Law School, Annual Professional Development Boot Camp (2016) – Panelist
Catalyst Network Foundation, CNF Fellowship Scholars Legal Career Session (2016) – Panelist
Berkley College, Vote and Know Your Rights (2016) – Panelist
Avant-Garde Network, Banking in Africa: Dynamics of Financial Services (2016) – Moderator
Black Ivy League Alumni and Year Up, Trailblazers Panel Forum (2016) – Panelist
Avant-Garde Network, Dealmakers Roundtable (2016) – Panelist
Medgar Evers College, Pathways to Legal Careers (2016) – Guest Speaker
Berkley College, Young Women’s Leadership Brunch (2016) – Panelist