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As Published by The Burlington County TimesLavinia Awosanya, 41 of Lumberton, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Food Bank of South Jersey, Inc.

Through special events, projects and the cultivation of corporate partnerships, Lavinia Awosanya works on behalf of the Food Bank of South Jersey to raise funds to feed the 200,000 residents who struggle with food insecurity in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties.


On community: For the past seven years, I have supported the efforts of the (Delaware Valley) autism community by lending my marketing and event planning expertise. In addition, serving as a volunteer at my local church taught me the joy of giving back; however, as I enter this next stage of my life, my desire is to be a mentor to individuals, especially women, who find themselves at a crossroad.

Trait of a leader: Integrity. Also, humility. As leaders, we don’t have to solve all the problems. By engaging your team and asking for their input, some of the best solutions can emerge. People want to feel valued and appreciated. It’s imperative that a leader encourages his or her team and help them see the value they bring to the company.

Something others might not know: When I was in high school, I had my heart set on becoming a fashion designer. I was so convinced that this was my career path, I reached out to a school in France. After reviewing their admission criteria, I quickly abandoned that idea. My stick figure illustration wasn’t going to cut it.

Source of motivation: The desire to become a better version of myself with each step of grace I encounter.

Personal motto: You betray yourself when you settle for the ease of mediocrity.

From her nominator, colleague Janet Kotsakis: Lavinia’s commitment to the community expands well beyond her work with FBSJ and is highlighted through her work with local organizations and her church where she served for a number of years in the media and wellness programs, as well as co-founding an event that celebrates the accomplishments of women from all walks of life. A doting mother, dedicated volunteer, and compassionate community member, Lavinia is an incredible example of leadership who is just getting started making an immeasurable impact in the many lives she touches.

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