From Courtroom to Couture: Designing an Unexpected Career

Walé Oyéjidé, Esq. is often described as a “Renaissance man” who combats bias with creative storytelling. Learn about his entrepreneurial journey from musician to lawyer to filmmaker, writer, designer and the head of a global brand that uses fashion design as a vehicle to celebrate the perspectives of marginalized populations. Glean tips from his multi-faceted career path to guide the evolution of your own career.

Oyéjidé is the founder of Ikiré Jones. In addition to his role as the brand’s creative director, he designs its textiles/accessories and serves as the company’s writer. He gave a TED Talk at TED Global 2017 in Tanzania and spoke at the National Geographic Story Teller’s Summit in 2019.

Oyéjidé’s presentation is the latest in COCAbiz’s bizSESSION Series, which welcomes progressive thought leaders to offer insights and inspiration on embracing creativity and innovation in business. COCAbiz provides immersive arts-based training, programming and consulting for professionals.

Following his presentation, Oyéjidé will be joined by a panel for further discussion: bizLAB: Communicating Your Concept: Curating Creative Meaning Through Design

Add an interactive experience to your morning by participating in a bizLAB – designed to give you a taste of COCAbiz corporate training. You will engage in a hands-on design activity inspired by Walé Oyéjidé’s fashion portfolio and intersectional career. Led by Yvonne Osei, a multidisciplinary Ghanian artist based in St. Louis and COCA’s Curator-In-Residence, you will use classic Western art examples to collect disparate parts together and integrate design and storytelling. Learn how to create a narrative that will cut through the noise and help you accomplish your goals.

For questions, call Will Bonfiglio at 314.561.4862.


  • Occurs Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am


Staenberg Performance Lab at COCA - Center of Creative Arts

524 Trinity Ave
University City, MO 63130


Will Bonfiglio