When it comes to tapping into the power of how intersectional sports is, Wale Ogunleye has been at the forefront especially now as the Head of Sports and Entertainment at UBS, a global financial services company. In 2021, the former NFL player spoke with AfroTech and shared how he’s teaching financial literacy to today’s athletes. Now, Ogunleye recently hosted a fireside chat for UBS — along with Jane Schwartzberg — where he spoke with U.S. Olympian Allyson Felix. When Felix made the daring move to depart from her Nike deal due to their lack of support for pregnant female athletes and new mothers, her leap of faith was a wake up call for action heard across the nation. The gold medalist’s courage and advocacy for women and motherhood is what specifically moved Ogunleye to feature her for UBS. Photo Credit: Vivien Killilea “The sports world intersects with corporate America and corporate America puts their limitations and marginalizes women and people from diverse backgrounds,”...
Feb 4, 2022
It’s always a brighter day whenever women of color secure funding. Project Entrepreneur, a UBS program, and Hello Alice, a platform helping small business owners, have recently added to the underrepresented group’s trail of success. To play a part in helping to close the equity gap and promote access to capital for Black and LatinX female founders of color, Democratizing the Friends & Family Round program was announced in October 2021. According to a press release, kicking off the season of 2022 wins, the program has awarded $1 million in grants to 40 female founders.
Jan 26, 2022
When you’re a professional athlete immersed into the sports world, it’s easy to lose sight of planning your next steps after retirement. For former National Football League (NFL) defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, he recognized early on that he would ultimately have to decide on his next path when it was time to put down his helmet. “I always knew in the back of my mind that I’ve got to basically find a second career,” Ogunleye told AfroTech in an exclusive interview.
Sep 29, 2021