Meet Nneka Erondu
Leaving the world of finance to follow her own path, Nneka is creating opportunities for Chicago organizations through her work in development, while also being a voice for millennial women in business through her platform FLIT. Nneka is an aficionado of the arts and uses her personal Instagram, @nnekaerondu, to blend color with life’s little stories.
What do you hope will be different by this time next year?
My bank account, just kidding…
Who do you admire?
My mother. She came from humble beginnings—born into poverty and one of 12 children—to become a Colonel in the United States Army and retired after 30 years of service. She has taught me how to be strong and independent - how to work hard, survive, and always have faith.
What do you think about when you are alone?
I do a lot of reflecting when I am alone. I reflect on the day, my actions, and the people I encountered. I am constantly reflecting because I am always trying to improve and be more mindful of others.
What is your first (or best) memory?
When I was (around) 6 years old my uncle coined the term motor mouth for me. Supposedly, I talked too much. One day an aunt was visiting with us and we went to Oakbrook mall. I guess I was talking the whole drive there because when we got out of the car she said to me “I will pay you $20 to not talk for 20 minutes.” I made it 15 minutes and then I said, “I’m done. I want to talk now.” Clearly, I didn’t know the value of money.
Who is your favorite character? (tv, literary, whatever)
Sailor Moon was a childhood obsession of mine. I never missed an episode. If I was not home to watch the show, I would record it. Additionally, I bought the manga and VHS. No other character have I succumbed to like that, so I will go with her.
Photo Credit: Jamie Kelter Davis Photography