Lola Kamdem

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Strategic problem solver, digital transformation leader and entrepreneur Lola Kamdem, in brief.

Lola Kamdem

Home: New York, NY.  Age: Older than I look.  Birthplace: Bron (France).  Profession: Retail tech and consumer goods.  Alma mater: Sloan Management (MBA); Arts & Métiers Paris Tech (MS).  Languages spoken: French, English, Portuguese.

Latest accomplishment: Earned my executive MBA from Sloan MIT (Sloan Fellows Program).  Recent professional development: Co-founder of MYAVA, a virtual try-on platform that enhance online customer experience.  Latest contribution to others: Mentoring startups.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Launching a startup at the beginning of the pandemic.  Hobbies: Watersports, including surfing and wakeboarding.  Last book read: Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, by David Epstein.

Personality profile: Passionate, lifelong learner, optimist, ENTP (Debater: Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Prospecting) / Venturer (Predictive Index).  Moral compass: What is my intuition telling me?  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Mutual respect, win-win.  What word or phrase do you use far too often? It’s all gonna be fine!  How do you relieve stress? Meditation and sport.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Friends and water.

What was your first paying job? Tourist guide at Caves Byrrh.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Colorful paintings.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? Don’t let others determine what you can do and who you are.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Smartphone, I am lost without it!

What message do you want to send out into the world?

Respect and talent have no color or gender.

What widely held belief do you reject? That people can’t change.  What mega-trend most excites you? The amazing possibility of artificial intelligence and machine learning.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Perpetuating bias in AI.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Where Do We Go Next?  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A nephrologist.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Hosting a giant goodbye party with family and friends!  What advice would you give your younger self? Don’t wait to be ready to chase your dreams.  Take the leap, you’ll figure it out along the way!  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? None.  I wouldn’t be the same if life had been different.

Personal motto: You can do it!  Favorite quote: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right” (Henry Ford).  Desired epitaph: She enjoyed her life!

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