Speaking & Publications

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Yabome is a dynamic and articulate speaker who engages easily with her audience. She was born in Germany, grew up in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Canada and the United States. Her diverse personal and professional background enables her to speak locally, while engaging to the strategic, global and system-wide impacts of decisions and choices. She speaks locally and globally on her areas of passionate interest and subject matter expertise, including those listed below:

Yabome’s skills are incredibly strong. She is a brilliant presenter, storyteller and facilitator of connection and dialogue – her intellect is surpassed only by her engaging manner and authenticity.

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Talks, Interactive Presentations & Workshops

“I want more than change, I want transformation!” Transformational Leadership/Transformational Learning (Interactive Presentation)

This statement and variations of it are popular among organization leaders who want to see a shift in the issues that matter most to them. However, there is little understanding of how leaders can practically support the transformational shifts they desire. This interactive speaking engagement introduces participants to research and practical application of the transformational learning process and the transformational leadership required of change agents to create needed shifts in their groups, organizations and communities. In this talk, Yabome introduces audiences to a simple mental model that can help leader’s access their own transformational capacity, and model transformational learning in everyday interactions. See past example of Yabome delivering a version of this talk here.


Unstuck! Human Systems Dynamics/Leading Change in Complexity (Presentation)

Yabome is a certified Human Systems Dynamics Professional. In this talk, she introduces audiences to the science and practice behind how they find themselves stuck and entangled in complex situations and what they can do to get unstuck.

We need to Transform – Now send me the Briefing Note! (Interactive Presentation)

An interactive keynote presentation for change leaders and change agents who find themselves stuck between the worlds of facilitating complex emergent change within traditional hierarchical structures and traditional change management mental models. Yabome engages audiences to discuss and share possibilities for navigating this grey zone in the world between planned and emergent change process.

We will lead Africa. An African Leadership model: Now and for the Future (Presentation)

This presentation or speaking engagement introduces participants to an African Leadership Model that Yabome has developed based on the research and literature on leadership in the context of African knowledge systems, norms and contexts. This model is principle-based and practical and applicable to leadership in Africa at every level, from grassroots to organizational to national/political leadership, and presents a relevant alternative to western models of leadership. This principle-based model provides a framework for leadership development at all levels in Africa.

Where are you from? (Presentation)

Where are you from? Where are you really from? What is your background? What is your story? I call this Identity Interrogation. The commonplace experience for me, as a Black African Women living in the West, of being asked biographical questions by strangers.

In this talk, I share the difference between the experience of Identity Interrogation, which creates an impact of social disconnection and the polar opposite experience of Relational Connection, in which I have felt socially included, and respected. I discuss how shifting our language and interactions with diverse others matters and how and why we can promote mutual inclusion and relationship-building in everyday cross-cultural encounters.

The initial conference paper and talk for Where are you from? inspired my book, Identities, a short story collection of global African experiences. Click here to find Identities on Amazon.

List of Publications
  • Owusu S., Maruziva, C., Keane M., & Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2019). We Will Lead Africa, Vol Two:Women. Everyday African Leadership Stories, Collected and Edited by S. Owusu, C. Maruziva, M. Keane and Y. Gilpin-Jackson.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y., Falkner, C., Min, D. & Block-Glass, J. (2019). An Innovative Approach to Engagement in a Complex Network: A Health Care Case Study. Organization Development Practitioner, 51(2), 39-47.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2018). Where are you from? Building relational intelligence across identity differences. Practising Social Change: A Journal of The NTL Institute of Applied Behavioural Sciences, Nov 2018.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y. & Crump, M. (2018). Practicing in the grey area between dialogic and diagnostic organization development: Lessons from Another healthcare case study. Organization Development Practitioner, 50(4), 41-47.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2018). It’s Time to Make Organization Development Our Client. Organization Development Practitioner, 50 (2), 7-15.
  • Falkner C., Gilpin-Jackson Y, & Min, D. (2018). Engagement radicals: An innovative approach to change in healthcare. E-published at Fraser Health, https://www.fraserhealth.ca/-/media/Project/FraserHealth/FraserHealth/Other-PDFs/engagement_radicals_book.pdf 
  • Skarlicki, D., Gilpin-Jackson, Y., Kay, A., Vasandani, R. Min, D. (2017). Research Report: Engagement/Psychological Health and Wellbeing study at Fraser Health.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2017). Facilitating for transformation in our times. Organization Development Practitioner, Practicing OD 49 (4), 61-63.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2017). We Will Lead Africa, Vol 1: Everyday African Leadership Stories, Collected and Edited by Y. Gilpin-Jackson, S. Owusu and J. Okonkwo.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2017). Identities: A short story collection.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2017) “Participant experiences of transformational change in large-scale organization development interventions (LODIs)”, Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 38 Issue: 3, pp.419-432, doi: 10.1108/LODJ-12-2015-0284.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2016). Transform-In-Action: Transforming Stuck Issues and Relationships through Resonance, in XII International Transformative Learning Conference, Engaging at the Intersections Proceedings. October 20-October 23, 2016. Tacoma, Washington.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2016). Where are you from?” Shifting Identity Interrogation for Interpersonal and Social Transformative Learnings in XII International Transformative Learning Conference, Engaging at the Intersections Proceedings. October 20-October 23, 2016 Tacoma, Washington.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2016). Why today’s global OD practice is local: Lessons from transnational experience. Organization Development Practitioner, 48(3), 31-36.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2016). African Leadership: Now and for the Future, in Quist-Adade and Royal (Eds.), Re-engaging the African Diasporas: Pan-Africanism in the Age of Globalization. Cambridge Scholars
  • Episode 174 – Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson: Post-Traumatic Growth and Moments of Resonance: Narratives on Ebola in West Africa. (2015, August 31). inSocialWork® Podcast Series. [Audio Podcast] Retrieved from http://www.insocialwork.org/episode.asp?ep=174.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2015). Transformational Learning in Dialogic OD, in G.R Bushe and R. J. Marshak (Eds.), Dialogic Organization Development. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2014). Resonance as transformative learning moment: The key to transformation in sociocultural and post-trauma contexts. Journal of Transformative Education, OnlineFirst, 1-25. doi:10.1177/1541344614541547.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2013). Practicing in the grey area between dialogic and diagnostic organization development. Organization Development Practitioner, 45(1), 60-66.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y., & Bushe, G. R. (2007). Leadership development training transfer: a case study of posttraining determinants. Journal of Management Development, 26(10), 980-1004.
  • Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2006), The Symbolism and Changing Patterns of Traditional Marriage Practices in a West African Society: Sierra Leone, in Simmonds, I., Demming, K., Lewis-Perry, C., and Solanki, A. (Eds.), We Have a Voice: An Anthology of African and Caribbean Student writing in BC, Rhino Print Solutions, Richmond, BC, pp.67-78.