True to its innovative approach, the Forum on Engaging Men, Advancing Women began out of a conversation between Betsy Myers and Chuck Shelton at a chance meeting at a conference in 2009. Aligning with their common passion to grow gender equality and inclusive leadership in the workplace, they developed a collaborative relationship of trust, accountability, respect, and candor. From this beginning, they created the Forum and piloted it in Boston in 2013 and New York in 2014. With each new event they continue to inspire, educate, and equip leaders to engage men and advance women through gender collaborative relationships – starting with the model of their own.
Meet the Founders
Chuck Shelton is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Greatheart Consulting in Seattle. For more than 25 years he has honed a unique expertise in engaging and equipping white male leaders and their diverse colleagues to grow their global business through inclusive leadership. This specialty led to the publication of his groundbreaking book, Leadership 101 For White Men.
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He has developed inclusive leaders through global D&I projects on strategy, culture, engagement, talent, learning, and sales at Aetna, Alaska Airlines, Avon, Capgemini, the Johnson Space Center, Key Bank, Liberty Mutual, Turner Construction, and in more than seventy other organizations. He designed and directs the first and ongoing Study on White Men Leading Through Diversity & Inclusion. Corporate sponsors for the 2012 research included Alcoa, Bank of America, Exelon, Intel, Marsh & McLennan, PepsiCo, PwC, and Walmart Stores.
Earlier in his career, Chuck negotiated, designed and managed the first research project to benchmark 130 diversity practices in twenty leading firms in the technology industry, commissioned by Microsoft. In his first multicultural management job, he directed a social service agency for refugee resettlement across California, leading a team of thirty from five nations.
Chuck holds a master’s degree in ethics from an evangelical graduate school, Fuller Theological Seminary, and a bachelor’s degree in conflict studies from progressive Evergreen State College. He is certified to facilitate twelve leadership development programs.
Since 1981, Chuck has spoken, consulted, coached, trained, researched, and written on leadership development and global diversity and inclusion internationally, through more than 340 presentations and projects.
Betsy Myers is Founding Director of Bentley’s Center for Women and Business. A dynamic speaker, Betsy leads workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership. She is deeply committed to the Center’s mission to enable all women to realize their leadership potential and to assist companies to harness the full potential, presented by talented women.
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Betsy is the author of Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You. As a senior adviser to Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign, Betsy served first as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chair of Women for Obama. During the campaign, Betsy travelled extensively, speaking to undecided voters and leading the campaign’s outreach to women.
Betsy previously spent several years at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, ending as the Executive Director of its Center for Public Leadership.
During the Clinton Administration, Betsy spent several years at the U.S. Small Business Administration in posts that included Director of the Office of Women’s Business Ownership. She then moved to the White House as President Clinton’s senior advisor on women’s issues and Director of the Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach.
Meet the Convening Organizations
The Center for Women and Business (CWB) helps women reach their full potential in the workplace and helps businesses and all employers engage the full potential of talented women leaders. We accomplish this through our work with employers of all kinds, leadership and mentoring programs for students, faculty collaboration, and research – utilizing our own and tapping into external work.
The Corporate Challenge, a groundbreaking effort to increase workplace gender balance and more effectively harness the talents of women employees, provides the cornerstone for the CWB’s programming.
Ample research makes the business case for gender equity in the workplace, demonstrating that retaining and advancing women is not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do for the bottom line. We hope you will join the CWB in the transformation of the business world to one that equitably harnesses the talents of female and male leaders.
Greatheart Consulting is the only executive development company in the world that focuses on equipping white men and their diverse colleagues to build global business through inclusive leadership.
The business case for global diversity and inclusion (D&I) is well established: D&I helps to open markets, increase sales, grow talent, build partnerships, and innovate efficiently. But the world’s most powerful leadership cohort – white male executives – remains insufficiently aligned with the business value that inclusive leadership provides. As such, they represent a significantly underperforming asset in every company’s growing D&I investment. Their leadership is compromised by their lack of engagement.
Concurrently, business and social trends now push D&I executives to purposefully influence leaders from normative groups – including white men – in order to realize D&I’s global value proposition. And globally, men – white and otherwise – are beginning to step up and lead inclusively, at the very time their firms and their customers need them to do so.
Consequently, Greatheart focuses on a singular market opportunity: leadership development that engages and equips white male executives, in relationships of trust and accountability with their diverse colleagues. With the first-mover advantage and a disruptive business model, the firm delivers ten leadership development solutions.