Yvonne Mcbarnett was born and raised in London, England. She immigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen. She grew up a “PK” or pastor’s kid in Boston and can remember hard days and many struggles attributed to being not only a woman, but a woman of color. She was able to complete her middle and high school education in the States, but bypassed a four-year college to earn an Associate’s degree while working full time as a singer. Yvonne sang at various churches and venues with a group of her friends before starting a career in the corporate world. She worked in the life insurance industry and at Bank of America, doing “behind the scenes” work on large deposits of money. It was not until she had children that she decided to change careers. Yvonne started out at Boston College as a temporary administrative assistant in the Thea Bowman AHANA Intercultural Center and is now the Manager of the Montserrat House. She spent twelve years as an administrative assistant until a mentor convinced her to go back to school to get her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Boston College as well as her Master’s degree in Business Administration. Yvonne owes most of her success to living a principle-centered life, having strong mentors, using her power by empower others and never forgetting where she came from.
Yvonne is better known around campus as “Ms. Smiley” because any time you see…show more content… Her path to power was not easy. She talked about overcoming obstacles along the way. She claims that the hardest part is “having people accept you for who you are and when you’re a woman, not only a woman but a woman of color, sometimes you are not received the way you want to be received” (Y. Mcbarnett, personal communication, February 14, 2018). She feels like she has to defend herself as a woman of color to her white counterparts and prove to everyone that she can be an effective leader regardless of stereotypes and