Breakfast Speaker - Yewande Austin

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From MTV to the historic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Yewande’s socially charged music has taken center stage with musical icons from the Black Eyed Peas to Maroon 5, but it is her work as an award-winning lecturer, social activist and honorary U. S. Cultural Ambassador that has become her greatest achievement. Today, this 2018 African Women Leaders “Extraordinary Voices” Honoree and 2017 President Barack Obama Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree is recognized as an international expert in strategic diversity leadership, multidisciplinary education, social responsibility and youth development.

Under her capacity building consultancy, the Global Institute for Diversity and Change, Ms. Austin has been credited with transforming nearly 5,000 academic institutions, government agencies and non-profit organizations through evidence-based strategies as a social impact leader for 14 years. Through a combination of education, sustainable skill development and the arts, her humanitarian organization, the Change Rocks Foundation, has taught over 250,000 vulnerable youth, advocates and educators in 16 countries how to create sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and injustice.

Ms. Austin’s 2015 TED talk about human trafficking, inspired her to produce a documentary, “Amazing Grace: Freedom’s Song,” that will lift the veil on this $99 billion industry later this year. Nominated as a CNN Hero for her global humanitarian efforts in 2017, 2014 and 2013, Yewande is currently building Alheri Village - a sustainable resettlement community for some of the nearly 2 million survivors displaced by conflict with Boko Haram terrorists in Abuja, Nigeria. It is this extraordinary mission that is inspiring a legion of everyday heroes to change the world.