Texas Tech University

Faculty Member Aims to Bring Extensive Expertise and Passion for Empowering Students to Personal Financial Planning Program

Matilda Beckanovic

July 11, 2023


Meet Olamide (Lami) Olajide, the newest Personal Financial Planning faculty member

Meet the newest faculty member of the School of Financial Planning, Olamide (Lami) Olajide. Olajide received her bachelor's degree in Economics from Redeemer's University Nigeria, her master's in Finance from the University of Nevada Reno, and a second master's degree in Personal Financial Planning from Texas Tech University. Olajide also holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®) certifications.

“I have extensive experience teaching both financial planning and personal finance subject areas at Texas Tech University and at the University of Alabama,” Olajide said. “I also have experience engaging in industry research, given my time at the American Academy of Actuaries.”

During Olajide's time as a graduate student in the Texas Tech Personal Financial Planning program, she was active in student organizations dedicated to helping students and the Lubbock community improve their personal finances. Olajide was the level lead for financial coaches and financial educators at Red to Black Peer Financial Coaching. Additionally, she was a financial educator at Knowledge Empowering You (KEY) outreach and served as an inaugural financial coach within KEY Outreach. 

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to make a positive impact through teaching and mentoring the talented students at Texas Tech University,” Olajide said. “Witnessing their growth, sharing my knowledge and experiences, and helping them develop the skills they need to succeed is something I find truly fulfilling, especially as someone who has worked in their shoes, being an alum of this prestigious program.”

Olajide is ready to engage in impactful research, collaborate with colleagues, and leverage industry connections. It is her goal to contribute to the growth and reputation of the school, by empowering students to succeed, and actively contributing to the advancement of the financial planning professions. 

“I believe in the power of guidance and support and will make myself accessible to students outside the classroom,” Olajide said. “Whether through office hours, mentoring, or informal discussions, I want to be a resource for students, using my experience as a former student in their shoes to provide guidance, advice, and encouragement as they navigate their educational and career journeys.”

Olajide believes in the importance of connective theory to practice. She aims to integrate practical applications into the curriculum, enabling students to develop a strong foundation of knowledge while also honing their practical skills. Through case studies, real-world examples, and guest speakers who are industry professionals, she wants to bridge the gap between classroom learning and the challenges students will face in their future careers. 

“Texas Tech's financial planning program is known for having a renowned faculty who are excellent at the research and work they do,” Olajide said. “The opportunity to be a part of and continue contributing to and growing a nationally recognized program as a leader in training financial planners at the undergraduate and graduate levels is worth looking forward to.”