Announcing2023 Golden Gavel Award Honoree
Transformational leader, renowned women’s basketball coach, founder of a non-profit organization for the development of women and youth through education and sports
Yolett McPhee-McCuin, affectionately known as 'Coach Yo,' is the head coach for the University of Mississippi women's basketball program, which was returned to national prominence under her leadership.
Throughout her coaching career, she impacted every community in which she coached, emphasizing an importance on community engagement, both through service and via dialogue with fans and supporters. She puts an emphasis on teaching, developing, and inspiring through character-building and leadership, as best displayed by her trademark motto #NoCeilings, which serves as a rallying cry within her.
#NoCeilings emphasizes living life without limits, especially to young women, focusing on what can be achieved on the court and in life. Through her non-profit foundation, No Ceilings with Coach Yo, she advocates for child development through education and athletics.
McPhee-McCuin has been featured in major publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Athletic. She has also been a feature speaker with organizations such as CBS Sports, NIKE, NCAA, The Wall Street Journal, and Toastmasters International.
A native of The Bahamas, McPhee-McCuin and her husband, Kelly McCuin, have two daughters: Yasmine and Yuri.
Watch as Toastmasters honors Yolett McPhee-McCuin live and livestreamed from the convention stage and be inspired by her session:
Embracing the Process of Growth
Live and Livestreamed: Friday, August 18, 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)/Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) -4
Golden Gavel Showcase in-person: Friday, August 18, 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)/Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) -4
Grow along with the ride! As the 2023 Golden Gavel recipient, Head Women's Basketball Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin will answer questions explaining her philosophy for achieving exceptional growth and leadership. You will discover there is a process involved that can help you reach an even higher rung tomorrow than you did the day before.
Top 3 Takeaways
- Remember that people matter.
- Accept that greatness is hard work
- Harness time, talent, and treasure to build something impactful.
Learn more about the Golden Gavel Award and see the list of past distinguished honorees.