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Seminar 4 – This IS Your Grandfather’s Workplace: Leveraging Generational Differences for Business Success
August 13, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am$100
Join Diversity Awareness Partnership for in-depth professional development seminars exploring topics around inclusion, employee engagement, human resources, diversity and more. The 2015 Diversity and Inclusion Seminars are perfect for diversity and inclusion practitioners or individuals interested in entering the diversity realm. Breakfast and resource workbooks are included.
Seminar 4: This IS Your Grandfather’s Workplace: Leveraging Generational Differences for Business Success
Hosted by: Commerce Bank
- Understand the challenges and opportunities of having 5 generations in the workplace
- Learn best practices for leveraging those opportunities
- Determine the best way to maximize the benefits of generational difference in your organization
Featured Speaker: Wale Soluade, Inclusion & Diversity Program Manager, Commerce Bank
Adewale Soluade, a Nigerian-born American citizen, is the Corporate Inclusion and Diversity Manager for Commerce Bank, a Missouri-based full service financial institution with headquarters in Kansas City and St. Louis, currently the 32nd largest bank in the country and recently ranked eight on Forbes’ 2013 Best Banks in America list.
After graduating from high school in Nigeria at 16, he began researching colleges stateside and in the United Kingdom. He attended the University of Central Missouri (formerly Central Missouri State University) near Kansas City, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. He then obtained his M.B.A, with an emphasis on Leadership and Management, from Fontbonne University.
Finding enthusiasm for leadership early on, he strongly believes in the value of community leadership development programs. Soluade is an alumnus of two such programs, the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows and the FOCUS St. Louis Emerging Leaders Program. He is a member of the Urban League Young Professionals of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Regional Business Council’s Young Professionals Network – Leadership 100 cohort for which he serves on the steering committee, among numerous additional affiliations.
Upon graduation, he worked briefly for Wells Fargo Financial before moving on to serve as Assistant Vice President – Branch Manager at PNC Bank. It was at PNC Bank where he developed a passion for inclusion and diversity. He led PNC Bank’s African-American Employee Business Resource Group for Missouri and Downstate Illinois, representing the region at the corporate level. He also served as the bank’s liaison on the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Taskforce steering committee as well as the St. Louis Metropolitan CRA Association. He engaged the bank with the community, with a focus on educating low-to-moderate income communities on financial literacy. He facilitated the roll out of the Bank On, Save Up initiative on behalf of PNC Bank in an effort to foster relationships between the Bank and traditionally under-served communities and reduce dependence on pay-day lenders and check-cashing facilities.
After spending five years with PNC Bank, he took on the role of Corporate Inclusion and Diversity Manager at Commerce Bank. His responsibilities include providing leadership, coordination and strategic planning for inclusion and diversity with an emphasis on alignment between employee engagement, business drivers and competitive position, as well as managing strategic partnerships in the inclusion and diversity community. He has facilitated diversity related training sessions for and worked with organizations such as the Diversity Awareness Partnership, FOCUS St. Louis and the Academy for Human Resource Development.
Community Involvement & Recognition:
- Vincent Home for Children – Board Member
- International Institute of St. Louis – Junior Board Member
- The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis – Young Friends Board
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. – Member
- Big Brother’s, Big Sister’s of Eastern Missouri – Big Brother
- Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellow
- FOCUS St. Louis Emerging Leaders Alumni
- Urban League Young Professionals – Member
- Regional Business Council – Leadership 100 – Steering Committee Member
- Recipient – 2015 St. Louis American Foundation Salute to Young Leaders Award