Adewale (Walé) Soluade is director of diversity and inclusion at Centene Corporation, where he oversees the design, implementation, and continuous improvement of the company’s diversity and inclusion programs and policies. He also develops and maintains strategies, measurable goals, and objectives that link diversity and inclusion to critical business initiatives while evaluating existing programs for effectiveness.
Born in Nigeria, Soluade graduated from high school in Nigeria at 16 and later attended the University of Central Missouri, where he earned a bachelor of science in business administration. He then obtained an MBA, with an emphasis on leadership and management from Fontbonne University. He is a certified diversity professional through the Institute for Diversity Certification.
Finding enthusiasm for leadership early on, Soluade strongly believes in the value of community-based leadership development programs. He is an alumnus of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows program and the FOCUS St. Louis Emerging Leader’s program and is participating in Leadership St. Louis. In addition to the Regional Arts Commission, he serves on the boards of the Vasey Academy at the University of Missouri – Columbia, the International Institute Community Development Corporation, and the Young Professionals Board of Provident, Inc. He is a member of the Regional Business Council’s Young Professionals Network – Leadership 100 cohort, for which he serves on the steering committee.