Yolanda Conley Shields is CEO of Youth Life Foundation (USA). She is also Vice President and co-founder of the Adassa Adumori Foundation (USA) which does community development work in the continent of Africa and other 3rd World Countries. She is a much sought after speaker and trainer in the area of business development, and social entrepreneurship and has traveled extensively throughout the United Sates, France and Africa.
She has 20+yrs. In the area of Fund Development, Celeb Charity Management, International Community Development, Trainer, and Founder of Let’s Go Innovate ™ where she is a Success Coach, Speaker, TV Host. She has earned a B.S. in Education and Social Work (APSU) and M.S. in Business/Non-Profit Management. Has several certifications in the area of grant writing, nonprofit management and fundraising.
She has been appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to the Labor and Workforce Development Board for the State of Tennessee and Chairs the Continuous Improvement committee. For many years she has devoted her life to helping others, so it’s no surprise that she is seen as a gifted leader and advocate. She has assisted over 20 corporations in the areas of strategic planning, media relations, business operations and development, board development, celebrity charity management, community collaboration, and organizational sustainability. She has worked with such celebrities as CeCe Winans, Darrell Green, Art Monk, Tony Boselli, and many others. She desires to serve with integrity and leaves nothing less than a trail of excellence wherever she’s involved.
For over 20 years Yolanda Shields a Nashville native has been inspiring individuals and corporations to make effective Philanthropic investments in the community. She believes that her for-profit businesses can help fund her philanthropic endeavors. Yolanda says “that God has gifted us to be able to help others”.
Her book Letters to our Sons – A Mother’s Journey-Raising Sons to Become Men of Character, will be released Mothers day 2013.
Two of her favorite quotes are:
I absolutely believe in the power of tithing and giving back. My own experience about all the blessings I’ve had in my life is that the more I give away, the more that comes back. That is the way life works, and that is the way energy works. Ken Blanchard
Is the rich world aware of how four billion of the six billion live? If we were aware, we would want to help out, we’d want to get involved. Bill Gates
Yolanda Conely Shields has served as a consultant to numerous celebrity foundations and charity initiatives, as well as strategic philanthropic planning for over 20 nonprofit and for-profit corporations. Yolanda Shields, a tireless and passionate advocate for children, serving as a member of the Mayor Karl Dean’s Youth Task Force, board member of the National Christian Foundation (Nashville Affiliate), Member of American Association of Grant Professional, EwomenNetwork, CABLE (Women Networking Group), WIN (Nashville -Women Networking Group), Nashville Afterschool Zone Alliance Training Council, Vice-President of the Adassa-Adumori Foundation.