Politics and economics major Lola Oyinloye ’21 was among students from across the U.S. selected to attend the recent 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholar Summit in Detroit, Michigan—all expenses paid.
Touted as the “world’s greatest event for entrepreneurs,” the annual Summit welcomed 1000 diverse college students and future leaders, looking to grow their network and gain new life experiences in their fields.
The immersive experience provides opportunities for learning and accelerated networking in the fields of technology, entertainment, finance, fashion, food, philanthropy and more. Scholars heard from special guests like Serena Williams, Kevin Durant, and Olivia Munn, participated in a service day, and enjoyed a music and food festival.
Through the scholarship program, Forbes aims to ensure that a diverse set of high-achieving students from universities across the country are able to engage in the conference program. Scholars are evaluated and selected based on various criteria, including a written statement on how they embody the “Under 30” principles of leadership and innovation.
While at Oglethorpe, Oyinloye has been proactive in pursuing experiential learning opportunities, including a recent summer internship on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
On campus, she has served on honor council and as a residence assistant, and is a member of Epsilon Iota Psi Sorority, International Justice Mission, Black Student Caucus, African Student Association, LEAD Campus Ministry, and Bethel Campus Fellowship.
“The resources on campus, from the Career Development Center to the faculty, have been major contributors to my success,” said Oyinloye. “It is very easy to find your niche and be a leader on campus because we have diverse clubs (and) organizations. Just the overall atmosphere of the community is inspiring, and it encourages me to do more.
With every opportunity I am presented with, I aim to represent Oglethorpe University and its values well.”