Shola A. Salako
Shola Salako is a motivational speaker, technology entrepreneur and philanthropist.
He is the founder and CEO of BomaLink, a Pan-African professional networking and career development platform combined with an online recruitment and staffing application. BomaLink connects the best and brightest talent of African descent to employment opportunities around the world, it helps employers committed to diversity and inclusion find the most qualified talent to fill their open positions quickly. BomaLink’s vision is the development of economically strong and sustainable communities inhabited by people of African descent, through gainful, continuous employment.
Shola is also the CEO of Optimal Business Systems, OBS, a software development and IT consulting firm based in Michigan. Having worked on a wide array of customer technology accounts including the US Army, General Motors, Chrysler, spanning multiple industries including the banking, federal government, automotive and application hosting industries, Shola has put his great passion for technology into very productive use and delivered great value to many businesses and clients.
As founder and executive director of Agents of Hope, a non-profit organization that focuses on financial literacy and personal empowerment, Shola strives to give back to the community. Agents of Hope is one of his primary outlets for giving back to the community practicing the philosophy of “teaching others to fish” in other to help others attain a good level of self-reliance.
He attained a Master’s degree in Information Systems and Management from the University of Phoenix where he graduated at the top of his class receiving the “Student Success Excellence” award. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.
Shola was born in Buffalo, New York but spent his formative years in Nigeria, West Africa. He lives in Southeastern Michigan with his family. He loves playing soccer, tennis and golf.