As a first-generation immigrant and college student, stepping into a leadership role in academia came with many firsts and challenges. Life became even more complex as I became a wife, the mother of a child with complex developmental and medical needs, all while managing my full-time job, position in ministry, and growing business alongside my husband. Through my talks, online community, podcasts, and presentations, I share timeless lessons learned from experience and mentors to help you embrace and overcome failure, imposter syndrome, and show up as your fullest self. I'd love to connect with you!
Issata Oluwadare is a dynamic leader with ten years of higher education leadership experience. She is also a content creator, bestselling author, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, certified life coach, minister, and consultant for women in leadership and business. She has a passion for mobilizing historically marginalized communities through speaking engagements, leadership workshops, professional development opportunities, and conferences.
As a wife and the mother of a child with complex medical and developmental needs, Issata writes about infant loss, and special needs parenting and supports local organizations through her family’s organization, Manny’s Village. She uses her family's journey to encourage others to hope through a children's book named "Mighty Manny," which debuted at number #1 and made the bestsellers list on Amazon. The book has been featured on Yahoo, Blacknews.com, Fox, and CBS websites.
Issata believes in role modeling imperfect, authentic leadership. As the founder of The EZ Breezy Life, she collaborates with eight other content creators to support a network of women spanning 43 countries. She is also the host of "A Day in the Life of the Alpha Woman," a Goodpods “Top 100” podcast in Christianity and spirituality, dedicated to highlighting the experiences of everyday women striving for healthy, well-balanced lives and relationships.
As the Principal of Issata O. Inc, Issata provides consulting and coaching to support nonprofit leaders and business owners through speaking engagements, one-on-one coaching, and brand consultation. Since its inception in 2019, Issata O. Inc has engaged in over 40 invited presentations focused on leadership, business basics, and women's issues. They have hosted over 50 women empowerment and development events--engaging over 4500+ participants worldwide through their Small Business Saturday series, reaching women in over 80 institutions of higher education. She has supported high-powered clients in launching their business ideas, books, and brands.
Issata is pursuing her Doctorate in Education at Rutgers University, holds a certificate in Women's Leadership from Yale School of Management, and a certificate in Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Northwestern University. When she is not working, Issata enjoys a quiet and peaceful life with her partner and son.