Khalilah Olokunola was not born with a silver spoon she worked for it. After facing a myriad of scenarios that she reaped the consequences for - losing her name to a number , she remained adamant on education and spent summer nights daydreaming about the American dream she saw on TV. It didn't include a picket fence but an opportunity to impact the lives of others. After working for Forbes magazine featured DWIC , she left her Jr. VP job in NYC & relocated to Wilmington NC to get married where she started ABE an event & set design firm garnering an impressive list of celebrity clientele whose work has been featured in print, online & TV in the US and overseas in UK & Australia . Some of her past clients include Former Chairman of Monster Worldwide, Former president of Daimler Chrysler and other C-level executives, Pro Football players & movie production companies including Will Ferrell's HBO East bound & Down.
Khalilah is the standing chair of The New Hanover Commission For Women receiving an acknowledgement from the White House in 2011 for her work in reviving a defunct board during Women’s history month, Founder of Powerful Women, Co-Founder of Wilmington Fashion Weekend & Partner of Smart Stylenista - The first collaborative/coselling fashion tech platform. She has been sourced as an expert for News Channel 14, WWAY, FOX & WECT stories. She has been named a Woman to Watch by WILMA magazine & nominated for Women of Achievement award by the YWCA. Khalilah also received 4 Industry awards including 1 for the WIA hall of fame . She attended college both in NYC & NC and has completed open coursework at M.I.T & Harvard University on Leading from the Emerging Future & Deliberations of Social Change . She holds additional certifications in Executive development| Workforce development | Peer counseling & HIV Pre/Post test counseling.
Khalilah recently sold ABE to follow her passion of developing women professionally & personally. She is currently a majority partner at Catalcore , a creative firm that assists women in building themselves, their business| their brand & their shoe story. She is the author of Be Brave & Brave Vision , interactive workbooks & journals of intentional lessons of leadership for powerful women who aspire to lead.
She is the creator of the BRAVE Boot Camps & The Brave Business Catalyst program with 8 in the inaugural graduating class . Khalilah speaks , she authors, she builds & she lights fires on the inside of women through group coaching, conference presentations, workshops and her workbooks. She is happily married to Al, mom to Anastasia, Shamiya, Kairos' & Adam. Along with a pup named Ms. Bailey they call Wilmington home by way of Brooklyn NY