Yvonnie DuBose is a JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) educator, coach and circle keeper, and just as importantly, mom to three free, Black children. Having earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management, Yvonnie worked for 15 years in corporate accounting and international marketing management. She left this arena after recognizing that she spent too much time defending her Blackness. She went on to independently coach and consult small nonprofits for 10 years. Meanwhile, she found great joy working for 30+ years in the healing arts and 12+ years in youth education, where she fine-tuned her skill and ease in communicating with and training audiences of all ages. Today, she uses her intuition, knowledge, and people skills to create spaces for difficult conversations, lessons, and efforts at inspiring and attaining a vision of equity for communities and organizations worldwide.
Yvonnie studied with knowledgeable instructors and coaches, such as Dr. Gail Christopher, Dr. Joy DeGruy, Monica Haslip, Yakini Ajanaku, Imani Barberousse, The People’s Institute of Survival & Beyond, and University of Illinois’ James D. Anderson. As a JEDI Educator, Coach, & Circle Keeper, she sub-contracts with The Evanston YWCA’s Equity Institute, National Collaborative for Health Equity, and other clients. For TRHT Chicago, she serves as a Trainer & Community Builder. As co-founder of New Roots, she develops workshops and curricula, and coaches organizations in developing their own de-colonized curricula and inclusive strategic plans.