Jide Adesoye

If there is a credo that I try to live by, it is as follows: “those who fail to plan are planning to fail.” As with most things in life that are worth fighting for, the application process to a top MBA program can be quite daunting and mentally/physically taxing – I can personally attest to this as I went through the same process myself. However, I strongly believe that applicants can better position their candidacy for success through meticulous planning alongside an experienced team of advisors and counselors. That’s why I’m with Square One.

I am very passionate about helping my clients harness the power of their unique stories and life journeys to craft deeply resonant application packages that position them for admission to their dream school(s).

Separately, I am also passionate about deepening equal access to education opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. I work with various organizations in the NYC area that have a mission centered around education access and social mobility. I was born in Nigeria, where I spent the first decade of my life before migrating to the Greater Washington DC area with my family.

Professionally, I have had an extended career in the financial services and private equity industries. I began my career in investment banking at Lazard Freres and Wells Fargo Securities, where I advised multinational businesses and private equity sponsors on M&A and capital-markets related transactions. Following that, I transitioned to investment roles at various institutions (World Bank/IFC, Actis Capital, VRP) where I helped deploy private equity and debt capital in companies across global growth markets.

Academically, I have an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.Sc. in Finance and Accounting (Honors) from the University of Maryland, College Park.