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[PROFILE] In 25 Words or Less: Y’Anad Burrell (Organization Leader: D&I)

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In 25 Words or Less

Posted: March 9, 2016

ORGANIZATION LEADER | CALIFORNIA DIVERSITY COUNCIL (BAY AREA CHAPTER)
THE BASICS
Name: Y’Anad Burrell
Age: Depends on the audience • Status: Single • Kids: No
Place of Birth: San Francisco, CA • Raised: San Francisco, CA
Professional Background: Public Relations, Strategic Communications, Diversity & Inclusion Consulting, Fundraising, Event Design/Planning, Fashion Show Production, Board Development.
What achievement or position are you most known for? Glass House Communications and Fashion On The Square
Contact/Follow: WebsiteEmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterInstagram
25 WORDS OR LESS: WORK
Job(s) held that is most unlike what I currently do now: A dog walker.  My own dog.
Field #1: Diversity & Inclusion (D&I)
Yrs of Experience: 7
Title: Advisory Board Vice President
Organization: California Diversity Council – Bay Area Chapter • Oakland/San Francisco/Silicon Valley
What it does and what I do: Enhance appreciation for and understanding of diversity and inclusion. My role: design convenings, dialogues and an eco-system of best practices of D&I in the workplace.
Current Big Project: 1st Annual Women Who Inspire Excellence
Staffing/Resource Needs: Advisory Board Members: Women’s Initiatives and Education Committees
Field #2: Public Relations
Title: CEO
Yrs of Experience: 15+
Company: Glass House Communications – Oakland and San Francisco
What it does and what I do: Public Relations, Strategic Communications, Marketing & Branding.  Industries include Entertainment, Gov’t Entities, Fashion, Non-Profits, Corporations, Small Businesses and Individuals.
Current Big Project: Cultural Plan for Arts & Culture Commission Contra Costa County
Staffing/Resource Needs: Need Interns with Journalism and Public Relations Background
Additional Positions: Board President – Public Relations Society of America, SF Chapter; Board VP – Bay Area Diversity Council; Commissioner, Arts & Culture Commission Contra Costa County, Founder – Fashion on the Square
25 WORDS OR LESS: PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Significant Challenge: Determining the authenticity of people and trusting them to do what they ‘say’ they’re going to do.
Significant Mistake/Regret: Retrospect. One week after arriving at Cal State Long Beach, I received an acceptance letter from UC Berkeley. I did not respond.
Significant Accomplishment: Founder & Creative Director of the largest and longest running charity fashion show on the West Coast, Fashion On The Square.
Biggest Strength(s): The ability to communicate in various styles and with diverse populations.
Biggest Weakness(es): When I know something ‘not so good’ about someone, I believe they can change. Sometimes, just believe when people show you who they are.
Career Advice: It’s okay to have 3, 4 or 5 careers in your lifetime. The world is evolving and you’re evolving as well.
25 WORDS OR LESS: PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
Significant Challenge: I ponder how my professional and personal life would change if I move to a different state.  I think about this ALL the time.
Significant Accomplishment: My first hike ever was a 8+ mile journey. I never knew what to expect, but I am thrilled that I took the challenge.
Life Advice: Don’t take yourself so seriously where you can’t have fun. Light heartedness allow connections with people of all ages, cultures and professions.
25 WORDS OR LESS: OFF THE TOP
Trait(s) most admired in others: Humor and Transparency.
Some causes/organizations I support: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and organizations that help young girls with self-esteem.
Hours of “personal” downtime/week: 10
Favorite activity(s) in my personal downtime: Reading.
Some of my favorite local hangouts: Ozumo’s, W San Francisco and MoAD.
Some of my favorite TV shows: Scandal, How To Get Away w/Murder, The Good Wife, 20/20, 48 Hrs.
Favorite Vacation Spot(s): Brazil, Paris and Africa.
Place(s) I would like to visit: Brazil, Paris and Africa.
Favorite Pastime/Hobby(s): Walking, Table Pool, Ping Pong, Sailing, Horseback Riding.
Favorite Book(s): Anything written by Michael E. Dyson and Terri McMillan.
Some of my most-admired people (excluding parents): Michelle Obama, Yolanda Adams, Oprah, BeBe Winans, Condoleeza Rice.
Something about me that may surprise you: I have 6 generations of family in the Bay Area.
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