Simidele Adeagbo

Simidele Adeagbo

Olympian, Advocate, and Entrepreneur

Simidele Adeagbo is a trailblazing Olympian, global brand strategist, keynote speaker, author, and advocate best known for becoming the first African and Black woman to compete in Olympic Skeleton. As a seasoned global brand strategist, Simidele led innovative marketing campaigns over a 15+ year career at Nike Inc. With her contagious energy and impactful storytelling, she now speaks on stages around the world, teaching audiences the power they have as change makers. She’s presented at top global companies and events including TEDx, Google, Facebook, Forbes Women Summit, Procter & Gamble, and Pinterest. Simidele also uses her platform to help unlock girls’ potential and leads an initiative to build their leadership skills through the uplifting power of sport. She’s rolled out the program in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, and Morocco. She has also partnered with Malala Fund to fundraise and spread the message of empowering girls to millions of people. She was selected as an Obama Foundation Leader in recognition of her work driving positive change across Africa. Simidele has been featured on CNN, NBC, ESPN, USA Today, Essence, Forbes, and Sports Illustrated, with the New York Times hailing her as “a role model for Africa and beyond.”

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