Meet Pamela Shodipo, a confident, disciplined and resilient leader. She is witty, intelligent, eager to learn and has a brisk answer to every question.
With over 20 years of banking experience, she excelled as the former Regional Head of Lagos Island. Her region won the ‘highest trade volume’ award for two consecutive years.
Pamela formerly held the office of one of the most strategic business units in the UBA Group- the 26 Branches in and around Victoria Island, Lekki and Lagos Island areas of Lagos and is presently in the key position of Regional Head Lagos Bank 3.
Pamela speaks to us on career, success and balance.
What’s the hardest thing about being a woman at the top?
Multitasking family obligations and work expectations in order to create a good balance
After all the success in your career, what keeps you going or inspires you to do more?
My Self Will/Inner drive to succeed, Family support, Self-actualization, Unceasing quest and passion for excellence, wanting to be a reference point.
How can successful women use their voices and influence to help other women?
By mentoring and coaching, by being a role model worthy of emulation. Advocacy and documenting their achievements are also ways to help.
How do you achieve work life balance?
That’s one of the strengths of a woman, we don’t really have a choice.
First, I set priorities and I multi-task. I have principles because they help me live an ethical life. I also latch on to the support/advice from family and friends.
What advice would you give to your younger self and other young women?
They should not be in a hurry…’taking baby steps helps in the long run’. Patience, consistency and resilience pay. Be a go getter and strive to be the best in what you do. Be Real and live for the truth no matter what.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Confident. Disciplined. Resilient
What’s your current favourite song?
‘I’m coming out’ by Diana Ross and ‘In Christ Alone’ by Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend