Yolanda is an accomplished professional with a remarkably diverse background and experience. She is currently serving as the Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Office of Adult, Aging and Disability Services. The Office of Adult, Aging and Disability Services is comprised of four divisions, where Yolanda leads to provide policy, performance management, fiscal and administrative oversight, and instruction, to 64 county social services departments, five state veterans’ homes and three Regional Centers throughout the State of Colorado. She has held budgetary oversight of more than $214,000,000, with a total operational span of control covering many states, and an employee base of more than 1,600 FTEs.
With a proven track record of success in both the private and public sectors, Yolanda has built and developed high performance teams. She is a strategic thinker and believes that an organization’s success rests with the development of its people. Webb served as CEO of luxury cosmetics brand, E’LON Cosmetics, from 2004 -2010, where the product line saw distribution through Macy’s Department stores in the Midwest, and its TWISY cosmetics line for teens mass produced and distributed in SuperValu grocery chains.
Yolanda started her second entrepreneurial venture in 2010, The WEBB Advisory Group, which has more than ten years of extensive experience in the field of Leadership, Coaching, Inclusion, Belonging, Diversity, and Equity. The group has designed different resources on inclusion and unconscious bias. Webb is a trainer and speaker who uses interactive storytelling to connect with her audience.
A graduate of the HBCU Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN, Yolanda has served in several critical senior executive leadership roles across the nation. During her tenure in Ohio, Yolanda earned several leadership awards, and accolades for Women to Watch. Yolanda obtained a Master of Arts in Humanities from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She is actively engaged in the community serving on several non-profit boards including the Kavod, The American Red Cross (CO/WY Chapter), and Impact100MD (Current VP and President-Elect).
Yolanda is a stoic by nature (think Marcus Aurelias), and believes:
The way to be truly happy is to understand the things I can control and those I cannot, and to accept what I cannot control. I have many (s)heroes and have tried to model my journey after those who have made a difference in the lives of others. I started a habit when my children were born (and now continue with my granddaughters), of speaking “I am” statements to them – an old behavior analyst tool I used with clients to help them believe in the possibility of anything for their lives!
In her spare time, Yolanda is a professional photographer (focusing mostly on fashion), and has won awards for her photography! Be sure to connect with Yolanda to learn more about her photography, and for a deeper understanding of her invaluable work in the world of Inclusion, Belonging, Diversity, and Equity.
Yolanda leaves us with her favorite quote, from author Marianne Williamson:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?