SOTY

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Yasmin Davidds

Dr. Yasmin Davidds is an entrepreneur, organizational psychologist and CEO of the Multicultural Women’s Executive Leadership Foundation and the Dr. Yasmin Davidds Leadership Institute, organizations dedicated

to the teaching, instruction and development of 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 and the California State Assembly. She has been recognized and highlighted as one of the top Leading Latinas by Hispanic Magazine and as one of the most influential Latinas in “The Book of Latina Women.”

As one of the top leading female negotiation experts in the U.S. and Latin America, Dr. Davidds has 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, Columbia, 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. Dr. Davidds fourth best-selling book, YOUR OWN TERMS: A Women’s Guide To Taking Charge Of Any Negotiation is the core curriculum for the University of California San Diego’s Rady School of Management Women’s Leadership and Negotiation 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.

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 Multicultural Women Executive Leadership Program in partnership with USC Marshall School of Business.