Yvetta-Lynne Shipman is a mother, listener, teacher, student, yogi, mediator, and bridge builder. She moves through the world and conversations with integrity, transparency, ease and elegance.
Yvetta-Lynne grew up in the DC Metropolitan area. Twenty years ago, while living in Atlanta, Georgia she left the comforts of her home and moved to Ghana, West Africa. This journey changed her entire outlook. While there, she started a successful clothing line using handmade batik fabric, as well as a line of organic skin care products. Yvetta-Lynne collaborated with an international group to develop sustainable change for a Cape Coast women’s cooperative. Working as a lay midwife she provided prenatal and delivery care. She was also an informal liaison between North American visitors and local Ghanaians to develop practices navigating cultural differences. She returned the United States four years later with her son, FreeSoul and settled in Pittsburgh.
Yvetta-Lynne’s background centers around cultivating relationships and building networks. Her work experience, although extensive, has not taken a traditional route. She has a BA in Communications, and an MA in Social & Public Policy with a focus on Conflict Mediation & Peace Studies. Over the years she has worked in a variety of fields and positions, including entrepreneur, assistant director for music videos & independent films, researcher and youth educational director. She is currently the managing director of a creative agency that specializes in web design and digital arts.
While in Pittsburgh, Yvetta-Lynne graduated from the CORO Women and Leadership Program of 2014 and attended The Racial Justice Leadership Institute at the Facing Race Conference in 2016. Presently, she is launching Moteasa LLC, an initiative that takes place in various environments weaving people with different backgrounds together to discuss sensitive issues over tea. These conversations are rooted in racial justice.
As one who looks for life’s great lessons in her tea leaves, Yvetta-Lynne is reminded of how the transformative power of conversations can create space for genuine engagement and inherent change.