Yasmin Davidds ’95

Yasmin Davidds

Vice Chair

Yasmin Davidds is a social entrepreneur, organizational psychologist and CEO of the Multicultural Women Executive Leadership Foundation, the Women’s Institute of Negotiation and the Dr. Yasmin Davidds Leadership Institute; these organizations are dedicated to the teaching, instruction and development of leadership competencies of women in professional, corporate and entrepreneur settings. Davidds’ commitment to the empowerment and development of all women leaders has brought her recognition and acclaim from the U.S. Congress, the California State Senate and the California State Assembly. She has been recognized and highlighted as one of the top “Leading Latinas” by Hispanic Magazine and as one of the most influential Latinas in The Book of Latina Women.

As one of the top female negotiation experts in the U.S. and Latin America, Davidds has trained and consulted thousands of corporate leaders in over 200 blue chip companies throughout 22 countries. Her clients have ranged from senior judges to tribal leaders, from unionized prison guards to accountants, and from public officials to diplomatic trainees. Her practical experience includes a wide range of public and private sector efforts in Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, England, France, Spain, South Africa and the U.S. She has also helped lead intervention and assistance programs for disputing parties and advised corporate, nonprofit and governmental teams on how to prepare for important negotiations. Her fourth bestselling book, YOUR OWN TERMS: A Women’s Guide To Taking Charge Of Any Negotiation, is part of the core curriculum for the University of California San Diego Rady School of Management’s Executive Education Women’s Leadership and Negotiation Certificate Program.

In addition, Davidds’ executive, entrepreneur and millennial programs have impacted and transformed the lives and careers of more than 5,000 professional women worldwide. A USC Marshall School of Business graduate with a degree in business entrepreneurship, Davidds went on to receive her master’s degree in women studies and her doctorate in organizational psychology. In 2013, she developed and launched the first Multicultural Women Executive Leadership Program in partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business.