Founder and Executive Director of the Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W), Lilian Ajayi is a Harvard graduate and a current MBA Candidate in Finance & Marketing from Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College (CUNY). Lilian is a current Member of the Harvard Club and sits on the Board of Directors at NAAEP, Nigerian American Agricultural Empowerment Program, which trains and empowers farmers through a mechanized farming program. Lilian spent a portion of her career working at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, representing the Mission of Nigeria to the UN, and served on the Social Economic Committee as the Economic Development Policy Negotiator. More recently, Lilian Ajayi has led Web Marketing campaigns along with SEO & Analytics efforts for a not-for-profit organizations, Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies. She was awarded with the Special U.S. Congressional Award for Outstanding Community Service from Congresswoman Barbara Lee and recognized by Applause Africa magazine as one of the “Top 40 under 40” Most Inspiring Africans in the Diaspora.
The Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W) is a non-profit organization that believes in all women and girls – and their right to create new opportunities for themselves and their communities. GC4W was created in response to the 3rd Goal of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as documented by the United Nations and in reaction to the collective outcry of women in under-served communities around the world.
The organization serves as a social platform, where generation Y and the millennials can be encouraged to Give Back and be engaged through the GC4W Champions program. The organization’s roster of GC4W Champions includes: Ivy League Alumni, MBA Graduates, Educators, Entrepreneurs, Industry Leaders and Social Innovators. These exemplary individuals come from diverse backgrounds – they all share a strong desire to Give Back and realize the importance of equipping women in underserved communities with the resources they need to feel connected, educated and empowered.
GC4W enjoys strong relationships with a multitude of partner organizations, including an ongoing alliance with Women in Need Inc. (WIN), an organization dedicated to providing shelter and care to homeless families in New York City. GC4W teamed up with WIN to hold an empowerment workshop series, where participants can rediscover their personal strengths, be mentored and inspired to set and live out their personal goals.
On November 18th 2012, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in New York City, the GC4W Foundation partnered with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative for the “Day of Action” to assist in Hurricane Sandy Recovery efforts – an initiative that was created and led by Chelsea Clinton.
Lastly, Lilian Ajayi is a Champion of the youth and a Youth Motivational Speaker. She sits on the Junior Board of Directors for the Madison Square Boys &Girls Club, whose mission is to save and enhance the lives of New York City boys and girls by providing after-school and summer programs for thousands of children in New York City’s most disadvantaged communities. Lilian has also served as a special Guest Speaker at several youth empowerment programs at NYU, Lehman College, CUNY, CYAL, Lead Nigeria and the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.