Dr. Yasmin Davidds is the founder and CEO of the Latina Global Executive Leadership Institute at USC and the Women’s Institute of Negotiation, organizations dedicated to the teaching, instruction and development of negotiating skills and leadership competencies primarily focused on women in professional, academic and corporate settings. Dr. Davidds’ commitment to the empowerment and development of all women leaders has brought her recognition and acclaim from the U.S. Congress, the California State Senate, the California State Assembly and most recently was granted the Ray of HOPE award by Hispanas Organized for Political Equality. Dr. Davidds has been recognized and highlighted as one of the top Leading Latinas by Hispanic Magazine and as one of the most influential Latinas in author Sylvia Mendoza’s “The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength, and Success.”
In 2017, the Women’s Institute of Negotiation partnered with The University of California San Diego’s Rady School of Management to launch the Women Negotiating Leadership Success Executive Education Certificate Program. As a leadership expert, Dr. Davidds works in-depth with organizations by coaching leaders who are tasked with leading stressful and rapid change. Training executives to more effectively integrate interpersonal skills into their leadership repertoire, she assists organizations from the top down as well as the bottom up. She has trained fortune 500 executives and facilitated their merging of different corporate cultures. Her training, facilitation and instructional design skills has assisted management in many large corporations, government agencies and professional associations.
As one of the top leading female negotiation experts in the U.S. and Latin America, Dr. Davidds has also trained and consulted thousands of corporate leaders in over 200 blue chip companies throughout 22 countries in the art and skill of negotiation. Her clients have ranged from senior judges to tribal leaders, from unionized prison guards to accountants, and from public officials to diplomatic trainees. Her practical experience includes a wide range of public and private sector efforts in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, England, France, Spain, South Africa and the U.S. She has helped lead intervention and assistance programs to disputing parties and has advised corporate, non-profit and governmental teams on how to prepare for important negotiations.
A graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) with a degree in Business Entrepreneurship, Dr. Davidds went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Women Studies and her doctorate degree in Organizational Psychology. In 2013, she developed and launched the first Latina Global Executive Leadership Program in partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business. As a natural progression in fulfilling her life purpose to empower women of all cultures and by demand from the private as well as corporate sector, Dr. Yasmin has developed the Multicultural Women Executive Leadership Program. The Multicultural Women Executive Leadership Program, a program for all women, will join female leaders of all cultures to embark on journeys of personal and professional development together. The Multicultural Women Executive Leadership Program will launch its first cohort at USC campus in March of 2018.
In Our Own Words
“Words can’t describe how amazing this program is. From the curriculum to the expertise and breadth of knowledge that Yasmin and all the facilitators possess, this program is unmatched. The format is unique because it incorporates different teaching methods that emphasize the importance of hard and soft skills in leadership all while employing an interactive approach that makes this curriculum come to life. Without a doubt, this program is absolutely amazing.”
“Thanks to this program I’ve become a more authentic leader primarily by instituting guiding principles to motivate, collaborate and as a result drive high performing teams which has taken my company to the next level of success. The entrepreneur training underscored the pivotal role I play as a decision maker and the considerable impact those decisions have on my business. The program has given me the skills set and tools to implement more effective systems improving daily operations, as well as adapting innovative digital media formats to ensure a long life for customer loyalty.”
“The Latina Global Executive Leadership Program has been life-changing. The program re-iterated the message that I must be more self confident to the point that I felt I had to listen. The training provided me the skills that enabled me to be more focused and deliberate in the way I speak and listen to people. I already see a difference in the way I interact with my team and they, in turn, interact with me. This has been a very hard, but worthwhile journey. Thank you so much.”
“The Latina Global Executive Leadership Program defines a one-of-a-kind opportunity. Dr. Davidds doesn’t stop by providing necessary development in traditional leadership competencies, she also teaches participants to understand the impact of our culture on us as leaders. The program has provided me with insight into my own motivations as a leader and provided an environment to learn and practice new skills. Unlike traditional trainings where you are equipped with competencies that are eagerly applied and soon placed “on the shelf,” this curriculum is not something that can be forgotten. For me, it has changed my leadership and allowed me to become the most successful version of myself that I have ever been.”
“Yasmin Davidds delivers a profound and compelling message of empowerment. She tells all women to not allow cultural expectations to confine nor define them. She teaches them to live by what they believe and to leave the rest behind.”
I am pleased to serve as the Executive Sponsor for the Multicultural Women Executive Leadership Program. The 2016 “Women in the Workplace” study by McKinsey & Company confirmed that women lag behind their male counterparts in almost every segment of business and career development: earned income, promotions and raises. “Women also receive informal feedback less frequently than men—despite asking for it as often—and have less access to senior-level sponsors”. The study further confirmed that “The challenge is even more pronounced for women of color”.
This program is designed to support the leveling of the playing field through a curriculum of professional development, interpersonal skill building, executive presence and refining the art of negotiation (a critical business practice). It is uniquely positioned to address the challenges that women in general and multicultural women in particular face.
As a pro-bono faculty member, I have seen first-hand the product of this program as a measure of enhance productivity, career advancement and narrowing the gap of economic parity. Supporting this program provides benefits to corporations through accelerated development of executive women, the formation of leadership characteristic, enhanced self-awareness, confidence, collaboration and team building acumen.
Built into the program are impact assessments designed to measure growth. There is comparative analysis using pre-program baselines, and post session behavioral assessments and reporting to quantify program effectiveness. The collegial bonds formed by the cohort support the programs lasting impact and the continued professional development of these scholars.
I am honored to serve as the Executive Sponsor for the Multicultural Women Executive Leadership Program and invite other executives in the multicultural diaspora to join me in demonstrating leadership and advancement of multicultural women in our community.
Julius E. Robinson
Managing Director & Group Head
Corporate Social Responsibilities for the America
MUFG Union Bank, N.A.