Loss is never easy but when it is sudden and unexpected, it hits harder. For Aida Wondwessen Babalola, the death of her cousin in 2014 rocked her world. She, unfortunately, suffered three more consecutive deaths of friends and family over the next year and a half. These impactful deaths forced her to take stock in her life and reconsider her career. In this episode of Bouncing Back, Aida recounts this time in her life with Rebecca Glatzer. Together, they discuss the reality of loss and how to bounce back from it.
Aida Wondwessen Babalola is Vice President, Employment Law at PepsiCo. In this role, she enables the organization to win sustainably in the marketplace while mitigating legal and reputational risk. She leads the team that manages PepsiCo’s U.S. employment litigation and counsels on a broad range of employment matters while partnering closely with her HR clients and business partners to solve problems. Outside of day-to-day counseling, Aida enjoys the work she does to support the diversity agenda at PepsiCo, including actively participating in PepsiCo’s Larry D. Thompson Legacy of Leadership Fellowship, a summer fellowship program for first-year law students designed to promote diversity in the legal profession and advance PepsiCo’s commitment to supporting the development of professionals from diverse backgrounds and serving as lead counsel for PepsiCo’s Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion function.
Outside of PepsiCo, Aida recently served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Collin County and the University of North Texas Foundation. She is also a member of The New Roundtable, a Dallas-based nonprofit organization that drives the inclusion and advancement of African-American women attorneys through targeted relationship-building, professional development initiatives and mentoring.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, baking, and listening to music.
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