Yvette Campbell - Dancer, Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Harlem School of the Arts

Yvette Campbell

Yvette Campbell is an internationally acclaimed dancer and teacher who previously served as president and CEO of the Harlem School of the Arts. Campbell’s successes in this role included increasing enrollment by 40 percent and raising more than $11 million in gifts to the school. She has served as the director of The Ailey Extension at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and as a board member and chair of Elisa Monte Dance. Campbell is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, studied dance at The Ailey School, and is a recipient of The Eisner Prize, which recognizes excellence in individuals and organizations, and is awarded by The Eisner Foundation.

In June 2015, Campbell was invited to take part in the Forbes Women’s Summit in New York City. The event -- of which the Forbes School of Business® at Ashford University was a sponsor -- featured 250 women from a number of industries, including education, business, media, entertainment, and philanthropy.

At the event, Campbell spoke with Forward Thinking about the importance of diversity in the workforce, and offered advice to professionals in management and hiring positions.

“Sometimes people mistake the community they’re serving for who they should hire,” she said. “You should just hire the best person for the job, regardless of what they look like, or how old they are, or male or female. You need to hire the best person for the job.”

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