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Rebecca Shambaugh

Rebecca Shambaugh

    • Leadership Development Expert, Speaker, and Author on Diversity
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Rebecca Shambaugh Speaker Biography

Rebecca Shambaugh is a highly-sought-after and recognized speaker, leadership expert, and author. She is the founder and President of SHAMBAUGH Leadership, a global leadership development organization.

She speaks before thousands of leaders around the world every year, challenging conventional wisdom and overturning assumptions about how to lead in today’s business environment. Her compelling and new vision for leadership in the 21st Century has electrified and inspired audiences on six continents.

Rebecca partners with a cross-section of the Fortune 500, including clients such as AIG, Cisco, KPMG, Dow Chemical, Johnson & Johnson, GE, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, MetLife, IBM, National Grid, and Intelsat.

Her work focuses on the what and how of organizational and leadership transformation initiatives. Rebecca also provides coaching and consulting to senior executives on personal leadership, team and organizational development, and strategy execution to optimize overall effectiveness.

Prior to starting her own company, Rebecca has worked for such premier organizations as General Motors, Fairchild Industries, and Amax Inc. as a senior executive in the leadership and human capital arena.

Rebecca has presented to over 100,000 leaders within organizations, major conferences, and executive forums regarding the 21st Century Leadership Model and her company’s research and best practices for driving innovation and high performing cultures through cross-collaboration and inclusion. Rebecca has been showcased on CNBC, TED Talks, Fox News (New York), NPR, Washington Business, ABC, and numerous syndicated radio talk shows. She has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Time Magazine, Fortune Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Rebecca has over 20 years of experience building practical leadership development programs that strengthen under-heard voices and help organizations navigate today’s complex and interconnected world. She consults with organizations to shift outdated assumptions, and mindsets while incorporating winning strategies that transform cultures and create inclusive leadership. Rebecca founded Women In Leadership and Learning (WILL), one of the first executive leadership development programs in the country dedicated to the research, advancement, and retention of women leaders and executives. She has coached over 500 executives in how to tap on their collaborative intelligence, build and leverage powerful, cooperative partnerships, transform their teams, and navigate dynamic change.

Rebecca is the author of the bestselling books that illustrate her unconventional and results-focused approach to creating great leaders, "It's Not a Glass Ceiling, It's a Sticky Floor" and "Make Room For Her".

Her unique approach to leadership development has been showcased on National Public Radio and on a two-hour PBS telecast to over 20,000 executives around the United States. Rebecca has also been featured on Fox News (New York), Washington Business (ABC), and numerous syndicated radio talk shows.

Rebecca is a member of the National Press Club, the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., on the Board of Visitors for Marymount University, on the Board of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, and on the Executive Board for the Virginia Women’s Center. Rebecca is also the Chairman of the Board of Young Women Lead and an Executive Partner for Bentley University’s Center for Women and Business, as well as on the Board of the Red Cross. Other accomplishments include recipient of the Smart CEO Brava! Award, Women Who Mean Business Award, Entrepreneur Organization of the Year Award, and Finalist for the Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Award for Woman-Owned Business of the Year.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Relations from Purdue University and a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Development from Marymount University.

The Power of One:
How men and women can create a better and smarter world

A national narrative is rapidly coalescing regarding the critical need for unification–a chorus of demand for leaders who can bring others together and create a sense of inclusion, trust, and belonging within our organizations, institutions, and communities. Inclusion is an issue of international and economic and social importance that is critical for ensuring we have the right balance of thinking and perspective around the table which reveals how the high level of disruptive change in our organizations today is finally leading to the emergence of a new culture, where traditionally silent individuals and groups are starting to use their voices.

Rebecca presents on ways men and women can disrupt old narratives and break down barriers for creating two-way partnerships that co-create mutual value. This calls for men and women to engage in a united voice as partners and as leaders who have a shared purpose.

Key Takeaways:

- What’s the Value Proposition for Bringing Men to the Table with Women?
- Cracking the Gender and Diversity Fatigue!
- Moving from Exclusion to Inclusion
- What’s My Bias? How Men and Women Can Expand Their Lens to be Open to Seeing and Leveraging Gender-Based and Cognitive Differences
- Creating a Culture of Belonging – Connectedness
- Changing the Narrative: Engaging in Inclusive Language


Achieving Organizational Inclusion:
A disruptive approach to gender-balanced leadership

The business case for gender-balanced leadership is well-documented—but many companies have plateaued in their efforts to achieve it. The traditional approaches are not working, which calls for organizations to take a disruptive approach—one that is creative and not aligned with the status quo. In this session, Rebecca will call out the urgency to reexamine standard leadership thinking to align with the latest Inclusive Leadership model, personally challenging attendees’ current narrative regarding gender equality.

Key Takeaways:

Understanding the Business Case for Gender Balance
- Learning How to Have Critical Conversations with Executive Leadership to Gain Their Commitment for Sponsorship to Inclusion
- Understanding How to Gain Shared Accountability Beyond HR
- Accessing Your Team/Organization to Determine Their Strengths/Gaps for Gender Balance
- Learning and Applying Key Competencies for Inclusive leadership
- Walking Away with Practical Steps for Systematically Implementing a Program for Gender Balance, Based on a Roadmap that Attendees Can Tailor to their Organizations


Make Room for Us:
Why businesses need to adopt diversity leadership models to survive in the 21st century

Corporate boardrooms still don’t look like the neighborhoods and workplaces where our customers hang out. However women are finally breaking through the glass ceiling, strategic organizations are embracing a new leadership model called Collaborative Leadership. It is built on the foundation of gender-balanced teams and leverages the unique strengths of both men and women. In Rebecca’s compelling business case and masterful stories and real-life examples, she shows audiences what modern, integrated leadership models look like and how to develop them for your own organization by including a wider range of voices.

Key Takeaways:

The Bottom Line Benefits of Diversity
- The Changing Nature of Your Customer
- Great Leadership: The Intersection Between Science, Human Behavior and Purposeful Vision
- What the 21st Century Executive Team Needs to Look Like
- How to Power Innovation Through Inclusive Leadership
- Organization Scorecard for Collaborative Leadership – Drivers for Building Inclusive Cultures and Leveraging Key Business Drivers


Get Off the Sticky Floor and Learn to Lead:
How women hold themselves back and what they can do about it

Too many women unknowingly hold themselves back because they can’t see how to fit themselves into an outdated model of leadership. In this speech, Rebecca teaches women to step up as leaders without sacrificing their authenticity or losing their uniquely valuable perspectives.

Key Takeaways:

- It’s Not a Glass Ceiling, It’s a Sticky Floor
- The Six Ways Women Hold Themselves Back
- Engaging Men as Sponsors
- Finding Your Voice, Taking Risks and Mobilizing Others
- Four Things Men Don’t Tell Women
- The Secret to Being Forceful, Not Bossy
- How to Manage and Thrive With a Gender Imbalance
- Having Human Intelligent Conversations

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