Yolanda R. Bynum is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University and holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Elementary Education. Yolanda also holds a Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Change (MSL) from Pfeiffer University. Yolanda is certified in Nonprofit Management by the Office of Continuing Studies at Duke University. As a result of her professional training and over 15 years of experience, Yolanda provides consultation and trainings regularly for executives, youth, professionals, youth serving agencies and individuals.
Yolanda served as the Director of Out of School Time Programming for Bethlehem Center of Charlotte. There she provided strategic oversight of the elementary, secondary and adult education programs. Prior to her time with Bethlehem Center of Charlotte, she served as the Learning and Development Specialist for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library where she oversaw staff development and training, as well as provided support for organizational development initiatives. Before joining the Library team, Yolanda served as Sr. Program Director of School Age Initiatives for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte where she provided leadership for the youth learning team and the national office at Y USA in the area of summer learning loss prevention. Before joining the YMCA, Yolanda was the Regional Director of Youth Programs for the YWCA Central Carolinas and an elementary school teacher in Forsyth County Schools and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Reared in small-town Pinetops, NC by her parents Barbara B. Williams and Reverend Jack L. Bynum, along with her 3 beautiful sisters, Yolanda currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. Yolanda is motivated and driven by the words of Oprah Winfrey, “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”
- Yolanda talks about her current role as a seasoned trainer and professional development consultant and her creative talents
- She describes what it was like to be raised by a single father in Pinetops, North Carolina
- Yolanda gives pointers on how to grow up in a house full of girls
- Yolanda explains that she gets her smarts from her dad and her arts from her mom
- She talks about how her art makes her feel, it is her peaceful place
- Yolanda talks about how she figured out she was made for what she’s doing now
- She discusses her challenges as a black woman
- Yolanda explains why it is important to trust who you are
- Yolanda is the author of Walking in my Womanness : Lessons Learned on My Journey to Me
- Yolanda defines black girl magic as the essence of what it means to be black — the essence of who you are
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