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Member spotlight – Tutu Popoola
Member spotlight Tutu Popoola has a strong interest in developing inclusive workplaces through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Tutu Popoola set up Sleek HR in 2021 and specialises in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Tutu loves the continuous learning that comes with being HR through the regular employment law changes and enjoys the opportunity to influence business decisions once trust is built.
How long have you been a member of HRi?
About 16 months.
Why did you join HRi?
I wanted to be part of an HR community of independent professionals who are on the same journey as me and also an opportunity for shared learning, networking and collaboration with other Indies.
What’s your favourite part of being a member of HRi?
The community is very helpful and the depth of knowledge of others in the group is amazing.
What is your specialism?
Although I am a qualified HR professional, I have a strong interest in developing inclusive workplaces through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
What do you love most about HR? and being independent?
I love the continuous learning that comes with being in HR through the regular employment law changes, it keeps us on our toes. Also, the opportunity to influence business decisions once trust is built.
I became independent mainly to work flexibility and being able to manage my time – that remains a big motivation for me.
How do you define success?
Doing work that is fulfilling and having the freedom to spend my time in a way that supports my well-being and professional goals.
What is your most memorable win, achievement or celebration?
Gaining my first client through LinkedIn is really memorable for me. I was beginning to lose any hope of finding clients there and wanted to stick to in-person meetings and referrals, then their message came into my inbox! That changed my mind.
What’s something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?
I love being outdoors and will eat (almost) anything.
Are you currently binge-watching any shows?
I don’t follow TV shows but recently saw Gangs of Lagos on Prime and that was really good. I also like to watch ‘The Crown’ whenever I have some time, although I’m still very much behind.
If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Something with fish – maybe Nigerian fish stew with boiled rice.
What’s one item you can’t live without?
Maybe my laptop computer. It’s where all my work is!