Women’s History Month: An Interview with Funmilola Ogunleye, GIGM’s Chief Process Officer.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, GIG Mobility is thrilled to feature an exclusive interview with Funmilola Ogunleye, GIGM’s Chief Processing Officer.

Ogunleye, a seasoned CBAP-certified business analyst and MBA graduate, brings over 15 years of invaluable experience across diverse industries, including consulting, maritime, oil & gas, and logistics. Throughout her illustrious career, Funmilola has consistently delivered impactful solutions, contributing to sustainable growth by streamlining operational processes and transforming intricate requirements into actionable designs.

Having dedicated nine years to the GIG Group, Funmilola currently serves as the Chief Process Officer for GIG Mobility. In this exclusive interview, she shares insights into her role, challenges faced as a woman in leadership, and her perspectives on driving positive change within the industry. Join us as we delve into the experiences and wisdom of Funmilola Ogunleye, inspiring the next generation of women leaders.

Briefly describe your role as Chief Process Officer and its significance within GIGM.

As the Chief Process Officer at GIGM, my role is to oversee and optimize all operational processes within the company to ensure efficiency, quality, and compliance with industry standards. This involves analyzing current workflows, identifying areas for improvement, documenting & training on processes, and collaborating with team members to implement strategies to streamline operations and enhance overall performance. By continuously evaluating and refining our processes, I contribute to GIGM’s success by enabling the company achieve its business objectives, maintain a competitive edge in the market, and uphold its reputation as a leader in the transportation industry.

What does International Women’s Day signify to you personally?

International Women’s Day holds significant personal significance for me as a woman serving in the C-suite level of one of Nigeria’s leading indigenous companies. It is a day to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women around the world, including those in leadership roles like myself. It serves as a reminder of the progress we have made in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. It is a day to reflect on the achievements of women who have paved the way for future generations and to advocate for continued progress towards gender parity in all sectors of society.

Furthermore, International Women’s Day allows me to inspire and empower other women to pursue their ambitions and break through the glass ceiling. It is a day to amplify the voices of women and advocate for gender-inclusive policies and practices within the workplace and beyond. Personally, it serves as a reminder of my responsibility to mentor and support other women in their professional journeys, and to use my position of influence to drive positive change for women everywhere. Ultimately, International Women’s Day is a day of celebration, reflection, and action, as we continue to strive towards a more equitable and inclusive world for all.

Is there a specific woman who inspires you, and why?

One woman who has truly inspired me is Maya Angelou. Her poem “Still I Rise” typifies her resilience and determination, echoing my own journey as a woman in corporate Nigeria. Her commitment to equality and her ability to transcend societal expectations motivate me to break glass ceilings. Her words serve as a constant reminder of the power of perseverance and the importance of lifting others as we climb. Through Angelou’s legacy, I am inspired to continue championing diversity and advocating for meaningful change, both within my organization and in broader society.

What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a woman in a male-dominated industry, and how have you overcome them?

As a woman in the male-dominated passenger mobility industry, some of the biggest challenges I’ve faced include encountering bias and stereotypes. To overcome these challenges, I have actively sought out allies (within and outside my organization) who support my career growth, built capacity by continuously educating myself on relevant industry trends and developments and demonstrated my competence and value through hard work and dedication.

In your experience, what are some ways companies can create more inclusive workplaces for women?

In my experience, companies can bolster inclusivity in the workplace by engaging more women in erstwhile typically male roles and implementing policies and practices that promote gender equality. Companies should also prioritize diversity and inclusion training for all employees to raise awareness and foster a culture of mutual respect.

What advice would you give young women aspiring to leadership positions in traditionally male-dominated fields?

My advice to young women aspiring to leadership positions in traditionally male-dominated fields would be to believe in themselves and their abilities. It’s important to recognize that you deserve to be in that space just as much as anyone else. Work hard, be persistent, and continuously seek opportunities for growth and learning. Surround yourself with supportive mentors and allies who can provide guidance and encouragement along the way. Don’t be afraid to speak up and assert yourself, and always advocate for your ideas and contributions. Remember that diversity and inclusion are strengths, and your unique perspective can bring valuable insights to the table. Finally, stay true to yourself and never compromise your values or integrity in pursuit of success.

What message would you like to share with our female guests and employees during Women’s History Month?

This month, we celebrate the invaluable past and present contributions and achievements of women across the globe. At GIG Mobility, we recognize the integral role that women play in driving innovation, fostering diversity, and shaping the future of transportation. To all our female customers and employees, we extend our deepest gratitude and admiration. Your dedication, passion, and resilience inspire us every day. Let’s continue to uplift and support one another, break barriers, and create a more inclusive and equitable world.

Happy Women’s History Month!

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