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Yabome Gilpin-Jackson

Associate Member, Management and Organization Studies



Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson is an award-winning organizational development leader and scholar who centers equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all she does. Throughout her career, which has spanned the public, private and non-profit sectors, she has helped people and organizations build capacity for transformational change to advance EDI and belonging in workplaces and society. On January 5th, 2022, Yabome was named SFU’s first Vice-President People, Equity and Inclusion. She stepped into the role on April 15, 2022.

Yabome served as the Chief People Officer for the British Columbia Lotteries Corporation, Executive Director of Organizational Development for Fraser Health, and Regional Lead of Organizational Development for Vancouver Coastal Health, as well as a leader of several provincial leadership development and engagement healthcare committees. She is also the founder of Supporting Learning and Development Consulting Inc., which has helped mission-driven organizations, including SFU, UBC and Lululemon, advance leadership, organizational development and processes for systemic and social change.  

Listen to Yabome’s inspiring talk at TEDxSFU on how to get past disconnection to social change. 

She has overseen the development of comprehensive people, workforce planning and EDI strategies at BCLC and designed processes and events to advance reconciliation at Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health. In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme, she also introduced a transformational leadership program for the public service in South Africa to restore relationships between white South African settlers, Black South African Indigenous communities and African immigrants.  

Read Yabome’s blog post on adapting through COVID-19 as we enter 2022.  

Yabome has published numerous books and journal articles and is a well-known presenter on the topics of global EDI, leadership, and Black identity. In 2018 she received the prestigious Harry Jerome Professional Excellence Award in Canada and in 2021, BC Business named her runner-up Woman of the Year: Equity and Inclusion Champion.  

She holds an MBA and undergraduate degrees from the SFU Beedie School of Business, and an MA and PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara. 

Selected Publications

articles and reports

Welch, M. A., Saunders, A. A. P., Buergelt, P. T., Gilpin-Jackson, Y., Ferguson, J., & Marsick, V. J. (2020). Your story, our story: the transformative power of life narratives. Reflective Practice, 21(6), 861-876.

Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2017). Participant experiences of transformational change in large-scale organization development interventions (LODIs). Leadership and Organization Development Journal, 38(3), 419-432.

Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2016). Why Today's Global OD Practice is Local. Organization Development Practitioner, 48(3), 31-36.

Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2016). Why today's global OD practice is local: Lessons from transnational experience. Organization Development Practitioner, 48(3), 31-36.

Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2014). Resonance as Transformative Learning Moment: The Key to Transformation in Sociocultural and Posttrauma Contexts. Journal of Transformative Education, 12(1), 95-119.

Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2013). Practicing in the grey area between dialogic and diagnostic organization development lessons from a healthcare case study. Organization Development Practitioner, 45(1), 60-66.

Gilpin-Jackson, Y., & Bushe, G. R. (2007). Leadership development training transfer: A case study of post-training determinants. Journal of Management Development, 26(10), 980-1004.

books chapters and monographs

Misawa, M. (Ed.). (2022). The Palgrave Handbook of Learning for Transformation. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Mamillian Switzerland. ISBN:9783030846930.

Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2016). African leadership: Now and for the future. In Quist-Adade, C., & Royal, W. (Eds.), Re-engaging the African Diasporas: Pan-Africanism in the Age of Globalization. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Related Teaching Material

Gilpin-Jackson, Y. (2020). Transformation after Trauma: The Power of Resonance. Bristol, United Kingdom: Peter Lang Inc.. ISBN:9781433172182, 9781433172175.