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Yasmene Mumby        

Sustainable Leadership Advisor, Keynote Speaker & Writer

Dr. Yasmene Mumby is a sustainable leadership advisor and writer.

Purpose-driven teams invite Dr. Mumby and her firm, The Ringgold, to consult and collaborate on their strategic communications with a particular focus on equity and research initiatives.

She weaves in her technique, The Easeful Leader: The Method For Sustainable Leadership Skills For Long-Term Career Success, and combines her background in academia and wellness to coach ambitious high-level executives, managers, and business owners. Mumby guides chiefs, directors, and managers to move away from burn out and exhaustion towards sustainable leadership for themselves and the teams they lead.

She’s worked with some of the most impactful organizations in the country and world including, the ACLU, the International Rescue Committee, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Women’s Democracy Lab, National Audubon Society, Faith in Action, and Working Families Party.

Her work and commentary on leadership and well-being have appeared in various publications including CNBC, Fortune, Essence, Black Enterprise, Yahoo Finance, and Poosh.

A graduate of the McDonogh School, Mumby earned her Bachelor’s in International Studies and Master’s in Teaching from The Johns Hopkins University, along with a JD from University of Maryland School of Law and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

She lives with her husband and their son, splitting their time between their cozy cabin in the woods and home in the city. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, slow living and spending time in nature.

Speech Topics

Leading at a Sustainable Pace: Guiding you to Lead with Purpose, Authenticity & Ease

Terms such as “soft life” and “work-life balance” are gaining visibility and viral momentum, in part, because they support the appealing declaration that life is not meant to be about toiling at work. The false urgency to produce as much as possible as quickly as possible and to answer emails, calls, and Slacks at any hour of the day is neither healthy nor sustainable.

Deloitte's global survey of Gen-Z and Millennials in the workplace report that many feel burned out, yet feel compelled to take on second jobs to meet rising costs of living, and are advocating for more purposeful—and flexible work roles. In the same global survey, 44% of Gen Zers and 43% of Millennials candidly admitted that people at their companies are quitting jobs because of burnout. The impact on teams cannot be ignored.

Employees experiencing burnout and job stress is costing US companies as much as $300 billion a year to cover health costs, absenteeism, and poor performance.

The cost of doing nothing can leave employers with an overburdened, overworked, and unsatisfied workforce. Many of whom may and will continue to choose to leave their roles. The US business sector may see turnover rates as high as 24% in these upcoming years post pandemic.

We need leaders who prioritize leading their teams to produce at a sustainable pace more than ever. Leading at a sustainable pace involves making leadership moves from your wellbeing reserves.

For organizations to survive and teams to thrive, leadership has to now consider the impact of their action and inaction on staff wellbeing. Prioritizing people before production and profit is not an option—it’s essential.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES - Participants will:

  • Reflect on how time is allotted and areas where energy is depleting as an individual and team
  • Explore the dynamics that contribute to overwhelm within a team and threaten the likelihood of team cohesion
  • Learn communication strategies to help managers and C-level positions prioritize high impact results work with their direct reports
  • Create an action map of the most incremental steps a leader could take towards cultivating a team that works at a sustainable pace back at work

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