The Why? As a founding co-chair of the Spectrum Multicultural Business Group, Bakare helps foster an inclusive workplace at Charter. He’s also currently a co-chair of the University of California, Riverside “Beyond Brilliant” initiative, which has a goal to raise $50 million to expand education access and encourage a culturally diverse campus.
He Says… “As an immigrant from Nigeria, I’ve been blessed to have several leaders in the industry that took a chance on me, which has enabled me to attain my current position.”
Bucket list travel destination? I attended the last two FIFA Soccer World Cups in Brazil and Russia, and plan to continue the tradition by attending the next one in Qatar.
What makes for a successful Employee Resource Group? A clear definition of the purpose and mission of the ERG including how it brings value to the organization. Full buy-in and support by the company is critical for ensuring the ERG has adequate resources to achieve its mission. Lastly, programming that encourages and facilitates members’ engagement and participation.
Organization you’re proud to support? I’m a trustee of the University of California, Riverside Foundation and the Co-Chair of the Beyond Brilliance campaign to raise $50 million in support of students’ success at the university. That is where my time, talent and treasure are mostly focused currently.
Who has kicked down a door for you? As an immigrant from Nigeria, I’ve been blessed to have several leaders in the industry that took a chance on me, which has enabled me to attain my current position. One example is my current manager Debi Picciolo, who has been a mentor and sponsor for 20 years, even before I got the opportunity to start working for her six years ago.
First event attended IRL when live reopened? Wizkid concert in Los Angeles in September 2021.
Coworkers describe me as… A globe-trotter.