A Program for Racialized Women in Leadership

Description: A Transformative Professional Development Program for Racialized Women in Leadership

Registration Open till March 31, 2024

In the wake of increased social justice movements, organizations have taken on widespread Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategies, geared towards redressing the historical, current and persistent diversity gaps at senior leadership and Board tables. Several research reports, such as the Black in British Columbia Report and Statistics Canada data however, show that the lived experiences of Indigenous, Black and all racialized communities continue to be marked by systemic racism and oppression. Diversity targets for racialized women continue to lag. In addition, experts from Linkedin to Harvard are pointing to failures in diversity hiring recruitment efforts due to tokenism and a lack of support or development pipelines for diverse leaders in the workplace, leading to a trend, as noted by Korn Ferry, of Chief Diversity Officers leaving their roles within 2 years. At the same time, criticism of DEI efforts and “culture wars” continue in public discourse, increasing polarization. Racialized women in leadership roles find themselves caught in these crossfires, often facing increased scrutiny and having their qualifications and merit questioned, even when fully or overqualified for the roles they occupy. This is in spite of the clear business case that increasing diversity and advancing equity, inclusion and belonging is good for business in terms of financial outperformance, and positive social impact.

SLD Consulting is offering a professional development program for racialized women leaders to support their retention in senior leader roles. This program will provide core leadership and organization development skills for today’s racialized leader who is faced with the unique emotional tax associated with leading in today’s environment of hypervisibility to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, while their lived experiences of visible-invisibility continues to create ongoing marginality and experiences of burnout.

By the end of the program, participants will have:

  1. Explored the unique challenges faced by women + racialized leaders in supportive community.
  2. Reviewed personal-professional strategies for resiliency and thriving in the midst of systemic oppression.
  3. Examined power-equalization strategies for mitigating negative interpersonal and systemic experiences.
  4. Shared diverse perspectives for addressing their unique challenges from peer and direct 1:1 coaching.
  5. Gained a network of leaders to connect with for ongoing support.
  6. Gained a knowledge base and toolkit based on research and practical leadership development activities.


  • This cohort and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis to a maximum of 12 participants only
  • Racialized womxn of all self-identifications are welcome and a broad intersectional lens will be held throughout, with a clear focus on gender + racialization
  • While we understand that the personal is political and the political is personal, this space is intended for transformative learning and development and not for activism/advocacy. Participants will be asked to adhere to community guidelines to preserve the integrity of the learning space accordingly

Registration Information/Logistics: 

Location: Virtual

Dates: April 20, 2024 / May 18, 2024 / June 15, 2024 / September 21, 2024 / October 26, 2024

Times: Noon – 3pm PT / 3 – 6pm ET for all sessions

Cost: If interested, see registration form for details and proposed cost options

Registration/Expression of Interest: via form. Invoice provided once registration confirmed for payment by EFT/e-transfer. Registration open till March 31, 2024


Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, PhD (she/her) is an executive leader, executive coach, consultant and educator in Leadership, Organization Development/ Change and Transformative Learning in academia and across the private, public, non-profit sectors. In addition to being Founder and Principal at SLD consulting, she has served in Executive Leadership roles within the British Columbia Public Sector and is Simon Fraser University’s first Vice-President, People, Equity and Inclusion. Yabome is community-engaged and has served on a variety of non-profit Boards as well as was past Chair of her international professional association, the Organization Development Network. Among other awards, she has been named International African Woman of the Year by UK-based Women4AFrica, was the inaugural recipient of the Emerging Organization Development Professional award from Organization Development Network and the recipient of the prestigious Harry Jerome Professional Excellence Award in Canada for Black-Canadian achievements. Her publications include, Transformation After Trauma, The Power of Resonance, co-editor for the 2022 Palgrave Handbook of Learning for Transformation, the We Will Lead Africa book series and  short story collections about global African experiences: Identities, Ancestries, Destinies. When asked about her work in the world, Yabome describes it as “developing our human capacity to be, think and do things differently and better.” If you ask what she is best known for, she will tell you, her wicked laugh. If you ask her about her proudest achievement, she’ll say, being a o.k mom of three in the midst of it all.

Contacts: www.SLDConsulting.org|T: @supportdevelop | Linkedin: | Amazon

See Dr. Gilpin-Jackson’s CV and list of Publications here.

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