I first heard about Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson because my Mom was raving about how her boss was the recipient of the 2017 International African Woman of the Year award. My interest peaked and I asked TT to put us in touch. Boy oh boy, am I glad Yabome agreed to come on the podcast because this woman has a story to share. Seriously, we just barely skimmed the surface. We could've easily kept on going and created Yabome's version of Hardcore History.
On this episode I sit down with Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson. She shares key moments that fundamentally shifted her life like the January 6th, 1999 invasion of Freetown, Sierra Leone. We discuss her work in post traumatic growth of African war survivors and the moments that unravelled her. If you think racism doesn't happen here in Canada, you're most certainly wrong. Yabome shares her lived experience of identity interrogation and placing connection ahead of curiosity. We jam on the dynamics of social inequality, the subtle felt impacts of racism and why Yabome wants 2018 to feel buoyant.
Yabome closes out our chat with two very important thoughts, and I encourage you to truly hear what she has to share.
Yabome is the author of Identities: A Short Story Collection and lead editor of We Will Lead Africa. She is a leading researcher on post traumatic growth specifically around the ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. She is a board member of The People’s Foundation of Sierra Leone’s that supports post-secondary education for students in her native Sierra Leone.
Yabome was the 2017 award winner and first ever recipient of the Emerging New Organization Development Practitioner award from the US-based Organization Development Network And, most recently, she was the recipient of the 2017 International African Woman of the year award from Women4Africa organization.
Oh, and to top it all off, she has a full time job and is a mother of three. Yabome is what we call Goals.