Yvonne Yancy

CEO, YSquare Advisors

Yvonne Cowser Yancy, is an experienced human resources executive, with 20+ years of diverse experience in private equity, the public and private sector including union and non-union environments. Over her career she has served as a true generalist in the field, and corporate locations, supporting diverse professionals across multiple geographies within the US, internationally and across multiple industries. Currently she is the CEO of YSquare Advisors, a boutique firm providing people and transformative consulting to growing organizations.

Prior to founding YSquare Advisors, Ms. Yancy served as the senior vice president and chief human resources officer of The Fresh Market responsible for the field and home office human resource and benefit functions, including talent acquisition, organizational design and development, training, compensation and health and wellness functions. Additionally Ms. Yancy served as the commissioner of human resources for the City of Atlanta, where she oversaw all human resource functions that impacted 9,500 employees and 5,000 retirees, such as health and wellness benefit plans, labor relations, talent acquisition, HRIS and the employee assistance program. Ms. Yancy has extensive experience in the human resources field, having worked with several Fortune 500 companies, serving in roles of increasing responsibility, including GE Capital, Ashland, Inc., Lincoln Financial Group, Turner Broadcasting and SunTrust Bank.

A native of Atlanta, Yvonne is involved in civic and charitable organizations such as the Atlanta Chapter of The Links, Inc.; is a current board of WonderRoot and Central Outreach and Advocacy Center and a former member of the SHRM Atlanta Board of Directors. She also actively mentors others seeking careers in Human Resources. Ms. Yancy holds a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University and an M.B.A in employee relations from Georgia State University. Ms. Yancy is also a graduate of Leadership Atlanta (2013).

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