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From Courtroom to Couture: Designing an Unexpected Career

Walé Oyéjidé, Esq. is often described as a “Renaissance man” who combats bias with creative storytelling. Learn about his entrepreneurial journey from musician to lawyer to filmmaker, writer, designer and the head of a global brand that uses fashion design as a vehicle to celebrate the perspectives of marginalized populations. Glean tips from his multi-faceted career path to guide the evolution of your own career.

Oyéjidé is the founder of Ikiré Jones. In addition to his role as the brand’s creative director, he designs its textiles/accessories and serves as the company’s writer. He gave a TED Talk at TED Global 2017 in Tanzania and spoke at the National Geographic Story Teller’s Summit in 2019.

Oyéjidé’s presentation is the latest in COCAbiz’s bizSESSION Series, which welcomes progressive thought leaders to offer insights and inspiration on embracing creativity and innovation in business. COCAbiz provides immersive arts-based training, programming and consulting for professionals.

Following his presentation, Oyéjidé will be joined by a panel for further discussion:
Susan Sherman, Co-founder of Saint Louis Fashion Fund; Co-founder of MERCH
Antionette Carroll, Founder/ CEO Creative Reaction Lab
Yvonne Osei, Artist and COCA Curator-in-Residence

$40 | Participant
$35 | Groups of 5+/Non-Profit Rate

7:30AM: Networking breakfast
8:00AM: Speaker

For questions, call Will Bonfiglio at 314.561.4862.