Ijeoma Okoli

JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Outstanding Contribution of the Year

Judges were blown away by this phenomenal example of contribution both within the organisation and externally. The work being done by this individual shows huge commitment to championing the diversity and inclusion agenda, and to challenging the entire financial services sector around its ability and responsibility to be a part of positive change in society in general. She has had such an impressive and extensive career filled with important contributions to the industry. One project in particular was admired by our judges – Impact X. This project demonstrates the value of work being done to provide access to capital for underrepresented founders. She is living by her own words – “it is not enough to preach diversity but to rather live diversity through capital allocation.”  

She has also spearheaded many initiatives to provide an open and inclusive society for black career advancement as well as the creation of female black leaders’ archives providing role models that inspire the next generation. Thank you so much for your outstanding contribution to the industry and to our society!