Yolanda Shields best-selling author has over 20 years of experience as a business leader and also does international workforce development and social entrepreneurship work in the continent of Africa and other 3rd World Countries. She is a much sought-after speaker and trainer in the area of human capital management, small business startup, entrepreneurship, nonprofit startup and sustainability, fund development, women empowerment, diversity, and career development. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States, France, United Kingdom and Africa.
She has earned a B.S. in Education and Social Work (APSU) MBA (HRM and Entrepreneurship). She has been appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to the Labor and Workforce Development Board for the State of Tennessee and Vice Chair the Oversight Committee. She has assisted over 20 corporations in the areas of fund development, talent development, human resources management, strategic planning, executive coaching/training, business operations and celebrity charity management. She is also currently a business coach and Sherpa at the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Vanderbilt University Wond’ry Innovation Center and TheStartup.com. International Member Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society. For more information visit www.Yesbuilds.com
Paying it forward is important to continue to prepare the next generation of women leaders.
My definition of women empowerment is:
Women empowerment to me is when women can be confident but still understand how to work as a team to bring other women along with them. Women understanding that we are better together and that they can learn from other women who have or are excelling in areas where they struggle.
My involvement started after understanding that I wouldn’t be where I am without someone empowering and mentoring me. Paying it forward is important to continue to prepare the next generation of women leaders. We grow as leaders when others are growing that we have impacted or empowered.