Seven Questions with Vicki Olatundun

1. Why are you excited to speak at TEDxWinnipeg?

I am so excited to speak at TEDxWinnipeg because it is a huge opportunity to share an idea that I am truly passionate about, in a community of like minds  that are unafraid to challenge the status quo.

TEDxWinnipeg  is a bedrock of amazing thought leaders and has been the birthplace to many a world changing idea. I am excited to be among them and I am looking forward to growth personally and professionally.

2. When and where were you happiest?

I had a good chuckle when I saw this question!

I have a ton of “happiests.” It is hard to pick one. One that still holds very fond memories was being  in Paris in the middle of the Eiffel Tower where I got engaged.

3. Have you ever had a teacher or professor that made a real impact on you?

Yes, Mr Peter Howland. My primary school teacher He helped me believe I could accomplish anything.

I remember thinking about this same question several years ago and decided to reach  out to him to thank him. I did so 30 years to the day I saw him last. It took a while to find him. He was so grateful that all his seeds of wisdom and investments in my life had paid off. He was still teaching! I was making arrangements to visit him but he died shortly thereafter.

I was grateful that I got the chance to at least say “thank you.”

4. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Becoming an author for the first time in 2016 was quite a feat.  It was hard work and helped me develop my love of writing. I was proud of my work

When My book “Unleash Your Crazy to Win” came out and became a bestseller in Winnipeg I was over the moon.

5. What’s your sign in the MBTI zodiac?

Libra, though I am not a believer in the horoscope. I do love justice and became an Attorney because of that. Injustice on any level makes my blood boil especially towards the vulnerable and marginalized. I consider myself a social justice architect and advocate and choose to continue to make a difference in the lives of families and the less fortunate in my community

6. Who’s going to play you in the movie of your life?

It would have to be Oprah. I like the fact that the roles she had acted have been varied and versatile. She is a lover of people and has used her influence for many good causes and has helped changed the trajectory of many lives for good and she is known for her generosity.

I aspire to continue changing the world with ideas and create a legacy of hope for generations to come.

7. What TED Talk do you think everyone should see?

The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It is so easy to draw a conclusion about a people or a race on the hearing of a single story. Chimamanda gives a real life meaning to not judging a book by its cover. With over 14 million views currently it is certainly a TED talk worth listening to!

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