Folake Adeniyi-Adeleye

10 Women Showing Up // Builders Edition


 Folake Adeniyi-Adeleye

Lead Executive Coach, Coachivate & Global HR Leader

Fondly called Coach FAA, she is the Lead Executive Coach at Coachivate where she helps senior-level professionals build the mindset & skillset for legacy-leadership so she can get seen, heard & rewarded.

She is purposefully driven to help others discover their true strength and unapologetically compelled
to nurture it, refine it, and stretch it towards excellence. She is the proud wife of Adeniyi-Adeleye and mum to 2 daughters now in their twenties.


Impact Report

Coach F.A.A has been building:

  • Empowered 100s of  executives and CEOs to standout in the C-suite, step into legacy-driven leadership, and make big career moves.
  • Spent 1000+ hours helping scores of female executives, emerging leaders and high achievers in global corporations such as Standard Bank, McKinsey, PWC, British Petroleum, Nestle, Reckitt Benkiser, Diageo, Microsoft and the United Nations.
  • Served on the Executive Council of WIMBIZ: Women in Management, Business and Public Service, a non-profit organization that has directly empowered over 300,000 women through events, mentorship and advocacy for greater representation of women in leadership positions in the public and private sector.
  • Serves on the Advisory Board of Teach for Nigeria, a non-profit organization committed to quality education for every child in Nigeria irrespective of their socio-economic background.
  • Giving over 20 Keynotes/year at physical and digital events, helping women of color and other workplace minorities get into the global C-suite so they are seen, heard, rewarded and can live the befitting life they truly deserve.


We asked F.A.A for Clues

Something that catalyzed your growth - besides working hard?

Two things! The grace, mercy and favor of God, and Having the right relationships.

I married a good and supportive man who is secure and comfortable with me expressing myself. The choice of a life partner can make or break anyone.

I have a close community of cheerleaders, who give objective feedback and keep me going - my husband is chief amongst those.

Something you're most proud of?

Building a portfolio career that combines my vocation and passion. HR being my vocation, and my passion is about defeating mindset barriers in professionals through executive coaching.

Many people think that when we do a 9-5, we can't also do a 5-9. But my passion as always being to be able to express myself in different ways, knowing that I'm not just one person or just one thing. I am a woman of many parts and I'm delighted to be able to express those many parts - including the ones that bring me income.

It's okay to strive for other things beyond what you currently do.

On Showing Up

Competence alone is not enough. To show up strong and stay relevant, you need self-awareness, continuous learning, flexibility, and adaptability. 

Get to know your strengths and who you really are.

The more self-aware you are, the easier it is to put yourself out there because you have something that nobody else has & you can articulately express it. 

Worth Remembering

The most successful professional in the room is the one that is both self- aware and intentional... Who is missing out because you are refusing to show up?

- Folake Adeniyi-Adeleye


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