paula ilonze

Communications Wiz | Storyteller | Entrepreneur

Heyyy. Welcome to my personal website. If you’ve made it here, you’re probably interested in getting to know me a little bit better. I’m Paula Ilonze [Ee-lone-zeh]: a Nigerian-American dream chaser who’s got her hands in many pots. By day, I’m a Communications Specialist at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and by night I’m an innovator trying to disrupt the hair industry with my company where I design hair tools for textured hair (check out my business page here). Oh, and I also design Ankara fashion available for purchase soon!

In my previous life, I dabbled in politics working as a communications fellow for the North Carolina Democratic Party during the infamous 2016 election. Following that stint, I was living the fast life as a red carpet entertainment reporter in LA. I’d like to think that working in communications now in Washington D.C. is the happy medium between the two.

Passions: personal development, leadership, career strategizing, startups, interpersonal relationships, mentorship

Hobbies: daydreaming, reading, falling down the YouTube rabbit hole, bonding with friends and family, singing, jogging

Skills: interpersonal communications, copy editing, motivational speaking, storytelling, public speaking, hosting, ideation, project management, getting ready in under 30 minutes

Education: University of North Carolina at Charlotte, BA in Communication Studies/PR University of Southern California, MS in Journalism

Certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP)