Yolanda K. Davis, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Founder & CEO


Founder and CEO of the Executive Lifestyle Academy, Yolanda Kay Davis is an Executive Coach and Speaker with over 30 years of executive coaching and leadership experience in Human Resources and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI). She is passionate about helping others improve their lives and careers, specializing in coaching people to manage a career transition, start or build a business, or make a major life change. She is renowned as a highly self-motivated and deeply organized professional who exhibits sound business judgment and analytical skills with a proven record of accomplishment to guarantee high standards and results.

Her stellar career and educational background has been attributed to her success and ability to thrive in this fast-paced industry. She has been an executive leader in three Fortune 100 companies and three different industries (Healthcare, Academia, and Oil & Gas). With over 30 years of experience, Yolanda has amassed a wealth of experience, which she leverages on and uses her deep technical knowledge as well as strategic and tactical insights to see multiple steps ahead, oversee consequences, and ultimately provide the best solutions combining key elements from the different industries to benefit her clients. She has successfully coached individuals from the mailroom to the boardroom by meeting them where they are in their careers, helping them to build executive presence, providing candid feedback and a strategic blueprint to help take their careers and organizations to the next level with a commitment to the process and execution of the strategy.

As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Yolanda’s approach to coaching CEOs and organizational leaders includes the application of personal strengths, bridging them to business goals while creating clarity, building confidence, and training mental agility. Her success as a transformational coach has gained her recognition for nationally recognized programs she has successfully created and implemented in organizations. She offers a calm demeanor, perspective, and excellent communication creating strong and long-standing professional relationships with her clients built on trust and respect. She is reputable for being knowledgeable through her coaching style, enabling growth, and collaborating towards solutions.

As seen on CBS, NBC, FOX, Business Insider, Yahoo Finance and other media outlets, Yolanda Kay is a powerful and thoughtful leader, Yolanda is committed to empowering and equipping individuals with the tools to take control of their destiny, walk in their purpose, and stick to their agenda. She trains audiences across the globe to overcome limiting beliefs by sharing insights and her own personal journey to encourage and inspire others to take their careers to the next level. She teaches people the value of self-love and self-esteem by helping them build the required confidence to excel and equipping them with tools that allow them to take charge of their destiny. Some of her works include “5 Step Formula to Stop Being Passed Over for Promotion and Be Paid What they are Worth And Be a Leader in the Boardroom Without Sacrificing Your Soul.”

Outside of her work, Yolanda is a mother with three children and two granddaughters. She holds a Bachelor of Business Degree and HR certifications credentialed by HR Certification Institute (HRCI®) and Society of Human Resources, DE&I – University of Houston, and Gallup. 


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