Drawing on post-traumatic growth theory and other disciplines, Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson leads a participatory gathering to discover how your narrative can propel you towards acts of service, justice, transformation, and ultimately healing. In this 90-minute workshop, Dr. Gilpin-Jackson will share her own resonance story--an awakening through personal narrative that opens up space for transformative learning. She will then guide participants to share their stories through reflective journaling and breakout discussions. There are opportunities, as well, to discover applications for resonance in everyday life.
Grief, Growth, and Justice
This program is part of a series produced in conjunction with Reimagine’s spring 2022 season Grief, Growth, and Justice: a group of workshops, talks, and conversations that explore the intersection of justice with post-traumatic growth, a body of research demonstrating that those who experience adversity and loss can achieve personal strength, optimism, meaningful relationships, appreciation of life, and spirituality. Featuring guest speakers from diverse fields such as psychology, organizational development, art, and activism, the series examines how volunteerism, civic engagement, activism, and other acts of service and justice can facilitate growth and healing on both personal and collective levels. Reimagine’s organizational partner Holistic Underground has provided this guiding principle of justice: "a state of integrity and wholeness, achieved through healing and transformation. When justice is present, we can trust that our safety and well-being are valued in a community or society."
Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson is an award-winning applied social scientist who works with communities to build capacity for social change and transformation. She is a global citizen: born in Germany, raised in Sierra Leone, and educated in Canada and the U.S. She is a certified executive coach and has worked with corporate, non-profit/social profit and public sector organizations, internationally. Yabome has been named International African Woman of the Year by UK-based Women4Africa and was the first ever recipient of the U.S.-based Organization Development Network’s Emerging Organization Development Practitioner award. She also received the prestigious Harry Jerome Professional Excellence Award in Canada. Her most recent publication is Transformation After Trauma: The Power of Resonance (2020).
Yabome centers equity, diversity and inclusion in all that she does. She has served in senior and executive leadership roles in the British Columbia public sector including 10 years in the healthcare system. This year she begins her role as Simon Fraser University’s first Vice-President, People, Equity and Inclusion. She is principal and founder of Supporting Learning and Development Consulting Inc. Her inspiring talk at TEDxSFU is about how to get past disconnection to social change. 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 where she is currently an Institute for Social Innovation Fellow for her work and research with We Will Lead Africa.