About Lola



Lola Owolabi has extensive and varied experience working within the community. Her portfolio (she juggles a lot of hats hats!) spans many disciplines including social enterprise; mentoring and coaching; event planning; women’s charities (board member, executive and trusteeship); financial advice; fashion and lifestyle retail; school governorship, and magistrate duties (Bench Chairman).  


Throughout her career she has earned honours and awards including



* GWIIN (Global Women Inventors and Innovators Network)


* Special Recognition for Achievements for Ebony Business Network for Proud to be me


*BRAAD (British Award for African Development)


* Be Mogul (sponsored by Natwest)


*Local parish counsellor


Her education and qualifications include


Certificate in Public Relations (London Chamber of Commerce and Industry)


Enterprise Mentoring (Get Mentoring Training Course)


Institute of Leadership and Management, Level 7, Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring .


The only direction in life that matters is forward.


Love that is truly expressed, is a force so great that can move mountains


She turned her can't into cans and her dreams into plans

Lola has a BA in Communication Arts and Language, and a Masters in Coaching from the University of Warwick


Lola says: “I am a self-motivated and results-oriented communicator. I employ strategy, vision and mission planning and it is these factors that inspire and underpin proudtobeme, the social enterprise I founded for the sole purpose of mentoring and coaching young women to enable them to make improved life choices and move forward with confidence and pride.”





Lola’s association and close proximity with young women and girls within her work enabled her to identify a recurring pattern: they exhibited some of the same traits that she did in her teens, such as low self-esteem, a lack of self-awareness and a poor dress sense (Lola has since founded and run her own fashion boutique and has developed a great sense of style). Crucially, they had a lack of role models to look up to.


Lola was inspired to establish proudtobeme to empower teenage girls to ‘Aspire, Achieve and Acquire’ and equip young women with essential life skills. The PTBM programme offers coaching and mentoring in schools, colleges, the community and in faith groups to young women between the ages of 13-18 and from disadvantaged and less privileged backgrounds.


The aim is to provide them with opportunities they may not have received or considered capable of attaining, due to their social and environmental background. PTBM encourages them to create a better life for themselves by optimising opportunities that will enrich society with their newly found skills and confidence. We aim to make a positive difference in the lives of every young woman we work with and nurture them to adulthood”, says Lola.


* Proudtobeme is a registered non-profit organization founded in 2008 by Lola Owolabi, MA, FRSA, MinstLM.