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Yvette L. Pye, PhD

Founder, Educator, Author, Executive Coach, Community Advocate

  • Professor at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in the Doctor of Leadership Program teaching and advising doctoral students; 26  completed Dissertations as Supervising Chair
  • Professor, Culturally Responsive Teaching Program
  • Community Faculty Youth Development, University of Minnesota 
  • Executive Coach, University of Saint Thomas, MBA Program
  • Leading for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education Certificate, University of Michigan 
  • Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)®


  • Courage Under Fire: Handcuffing And Gagged By The Streets, In Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping Special Edition Dismantling Social and Racial Injustice: A Transformative Movement for Civil and Human Rights. Vol. 21 (5), Summer 2016
  • Going From the Projects to Ph.D.: Transcending My Geography, 2012 & 2015
  • “Who is A Proverb 31 Woman,” in Raising A Proverb 31 Woman: Self-Esteem, Self-Worth and Self-Discovery of a Young Woman in Today's Time (Volume 1), 2014
  •  “Innovations in Mentoring: Many Faces of Chosen to Achieve” in Breaking the Mold of Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, 2012
  •  “The Black Church and Urban Youth Education.” 2007. CURA REPORTER. 37 (5), 20-26.

Classes: Advanced Teaching Techniques for Adult Learners, Principles of Culturally Responsive Teaching, Non-Western Ways of Learning: Implications for Leadership and Research, Environmental Analysis, Communication in Adult Settings, Systematic Instructional Design, Theories of Adult Learning, and Qualitative Research Design and Methods, Memoir: Telling Our Stories, and Getting Published

Licensed Teaching Certificate, Illinois, 1997, K-9th grades

Association of Black Women in Education (ABWHE) MN President (2010-2014)

Now in association with:

Working in community educational leadership since 1996

Why This Matters:

Because learners of ALL ages  need to be college, career and community ready for life in the 21st century!

The Dream Big Institute recognizes the need for building the capacities of youth, professionals and other learners

using mindful & asset-based approach to learning. 

People need assistance getting from their present state to their desired state of being!

This is not about test scores

It's about the due diligence of minding the businesses that we are in: education, community youth development and leadership. It's about paying attention to who we are, what we do, how we choose to lives that contribute to a better world. This work is about discovery, and rediscovery of what we do, why we do it, and how to do it better.

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