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Lola on AMJoy: Discussing the shocking slave trade in Libya + Trump's continued attacks on the media

The enslavement of migrants in Libya, as exposed recently by CNN, is so very sickening that it's hard for me to actually express and articulate the depth of disgust, horror and anger that I feel about this issue. From a human perspective, slavery is fundamentally wrong and should be offensive to us all, but it further pains me to see so many Africans involved given the history of slavery, colonialism and other inhuman treatment which Africans have faced over time already. Of course, though, it isn't just Africans, there are also Syrians and people from the Middle East caught up in this. All of it is so, so wrong. 

There are also a number of other videos floating about online which have been created by people who have been enslaved in Libya (which is the gateway country to the Mediterranean Sea, and thus, to European continent), and it's shocking and nauseating to hear what migrants are, and have been, going through. There are people who have been bought and sold multiple ti…
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In conversation with AirBnb & Etsy: Talking diversity, inclusion and creating more human workplaces

I had the honour of hosting and facilitating a fascinating conversation between AirBnb's Mark Levy (Global Head of Employee Experience) and Etsy's Carissa Menendez (VP of People and Workplace) at LiveGrey's Life@Work conference. The title of this conversation was "Your culture is your brand"; both Etsy and AirBnB are well known for having built brands around quite distinctive workplace and customer cultures which emphasize ensuring that employees and customers truly enjoy and love their experiences.

They were super insightful and honest, not to mention inspiring about their ideas around workplace cultures especially diversity and inclusion, making work more human and enjoyable for employees and customers, and the role that companies with new visions play in moulding and shaping society at large.

Mark and Carissa (who have been at AirBnb and Etsy since the early days) delved into their experiences of building strong human-centered workplace cultures at their respe…

Lola Interviewed by Flipboard: On the Red Couch

On the Red Couch with Journalist Lola Adesioye Mia Quagliarello / August 10, 2017 Lola Adesioye came upon an Obama rally in her first few months living in New York City in 2007 and, upon seeing a presidential candidate of color, she knew she wanted to become part of the narrative of American culture and politics at that moment and beyond. She started writing about what she was experiencing and seeing as an ‘outsider’ in NYC. A British-born, Cambridge-educated woman of Nigerian descent, Adesioye could offer perspectives that bridged U.K., U.S. and African society. Her grandfather, Ebun Adesioye, was a pioneer of journalism and PR in Nigeria, so you could say she’s had this drive to tell stories in her blood. To this day, Adesioye’s contributed to The GuardianCNNBBCThe Atlantic, Forbes Africa,

Lola on MSNBC: AM Joy panel on the UK elections and what Theresa May got wrong

Lola in The New Statesman: The rise of anti-semitism in Trump's America

Anti-Semitism is once again on the rise in America. Since January alone, there have been 67 bomb threats against Jewish Community Centres in around 27 states around the country. On Monday, a Jewish cemetery in St Louis, Missouri was desecrated, with over 100 headstones overturned. There has been a large increase in online anti-Semitic threats and hate speechSwastikas have been spray painted on the streets of New York.

[Originally published in the New Statesman] Trump's poorly-executed "Muslim Ban" has closed the United States to people from seven majority-Muslim countries, including refugees from Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia. But the divisive "them" and "us" rhetoric of the White House has had repercussions for other groups as well.  Jewish people have not explicitly been the focus of any kind of executive order (after complaints about his lack of action, Trump called anti-Semitism "horrible"). Nevertheless, the new administrations appears …