Women Worth Watching – 2022 Award Winner
Youlanda Gibbons, PhD

The Double Jeopardy of Sexism and Racism

For decades, evidence-based research has shown that double jeopardy negatively affects women of color in the workplace. Double jeopardy refers to the simultaneous forces of sexism and racism experienced by women of color. The compounded effects of misogyny and racism have resulted in a persistently low number of women of color in executive-level positions.

The internal and external expectations for women of color to perform as leaders ensure that double jeopardy is inescapable. Consequently, professional women of color must break through a concrete ceiling that is upheld by male standards of performance, leadership biases, emotional and mental exhaustion, lack of mentoring, and substandard management support. Until dealing with the negative impact of workplace sexism and racism is inextricably tied to organizational goals and outcomes, diversity and inclusion efforts will serve as revolving doors and lead to the same point of entry.


AMERICAN THEATER, Latrice Pace highlighted in Role as Celie, The Color Purple, Jan 2024


Actress, Singer-Songwriter, Artist-in-Residence – Wilson Foundation

Atlanta, GA

Latrice Pace admitted that she first read The Color Purple novel only after she was cast as Celie in 2017 at Actor’s Express in Atlanta. Pace, a solo artist and a member of the legendary gospel group the Anointed Pace Sisters, said that the musical’s themes of growth, evolution, and self-discovery are what stay with her to this day. She also said that singing the show’s score, written by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray, made her aware of her own vocal stamina.


FORTUNE MAGAZINE, “100 Most Powerful Women” Issue, Oct/Nov, 2023


Chief Executive Officer and Founder Partnership for Inclusion Leadership

Arlington, VA

Passionately committed to the cause of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in all industries, Youlanda Michelle Gibbons, PhD, has earned distinction as the founder and CEO of the Partnership for Inclusion Leadership. In this role, she leverages a wide range of experience in academia, the private sector, and public service toward her work in expanding opportunities for all Americans. Proud to have characterized herself as a visionary in DEI and social justice, Dr. Gibbons has been lauded by such organizations as Profiles in Diversity Journal, the Forum on Workplace Inclusion, and Georgetown University, among others.

WALL STREET JOURNAL “Who’s Who of Distinguished Leaders”  2023 Honorees, November 22, 2023, Issue



Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Partnership for Inclusion Leadership

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