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SDS Enterprises Inc.

SDS Global Enterprises, Inc. (SDS) is a woman and minority-owned C-Corporation that provides strategic development solutions that enable organizational leaders to build high performing and inclusive cultures that thrive in a competitive and changing environment. We specialize in such areas as HR strategy development, talent management, diversity & inclusion, leadership effectiveness, personal and professional reinvention, and organization/culture transformation. With more than thirty years of experience and proven results, we continue to be a highly sought-after resource for many organizations. We are headquartered in Tampa Bay, Florida, and in recent years we have expanded our offerings and our reach to various industry sectors and geographic locations, including outside of the U.S. to include Canada, South Africa, Europe, Latin America, Asia, United Arab Emirates, and the Caribbean.

As President and CEO of SDS Global Enterprises, Inc., Dr. Shirley Davis brings a unique background as a seasoned HR and Diversity & Inclusion global thought leader, a senior executive, a certified leadership coach, and a former Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for several major Fortune 100 companies. She has worked in more than 30 countries on 5 continents and delivers more than 80 speeches a year. She continues to consult, coach, and present to leaders at all levels of an organization, in all business sectors, and across a number of industries.

She is the former Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Workplace Strategies for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Dr. Davis has also been a featured expert on NBC’s The Today Show, USA Today, National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, The Washington Post, and Inclusion Magazine.  She earned the highest designation in the speaking industry as a Certified Speaking Professional, bestowed by the National Speaker’s Association, which put her in the ranks of only 15% of speakers worldwide.

She is the author of the best-selling book, “Reinvent Yourself: Strategies for Achieving Success in Every Area of Your Life,” and “The Seat: How to Get Invited to the Table When You’re Over-Performing and Undervalued.” She holds a Bachelor’s in Pre-Law,  a Master’s in HR Management, a Ph.D. in Business and Organization Management, and is a former Ms. American United States. She is also a featured author for LinkedIn Learning’s online course entitled, “Inclusive Leadership.”

Please check out some of her most requested keynote speeches.

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SDS Global is proud to be a SHRM and HRCI provider. In addition, Dr. Shirley has earned her Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, which is granted to less than 15% percent of speakers worldwide and fewer than 10 African American women.


As outlined in the list of services and expertise below, I have worked with small, medium, and large global firms across all industries to assist them in building their Diversity & Inclusion and HR strategies, developing and delivering training for senior executives, mid-level supervisors, and entry level staff, conducting assessments, cultural audits, focus groups, and employee engagement surveys, delivering one-on-one feedback and coaching, consulting on culture transformation strategies, and identifying metrics for retaining diverse and top talent, to name a few.


  •  Keynote Speeches
  •  Consulting
  •  Strategy Development
  •  One-on-one Leadership Coaching & Feedback
  •  Individual Assessments
  •  Virtual Success Seminars
  •  Training, Assessments, Development, ISD, Facilitation
  •  Facilitation of Leadership Retreats and Management Meetings
  •  Team Building Workshops and Activities
  •  Customized Seminars

Areas of Expertise:

  • Diversity & Inclusion and Cultural Competence
  • Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
  • Strategic Planning
  • Effective Recruiting Strategies
  • Recruitment, Development, and Retention Strategies
  • Building Effective Onboarding and Orientation Programs
  • Employee Engagement Strategies
  • Performance Management
  • Women in the Global Workforce
  • Succession Planning
  • Leadership in the 21st Century
  • Strategies for Effective Change Leadership
  • Career Navigation Program
  • Personal Reinvention

Customizable Topics

Dr. Shirley Davis recognizes that all organizations have unique needs and are at different stages and phases of growth. That's why we don't provide a cookie-cutter approach; we customize our solutions to meet each client's needs.

Customizable Length

All topics above can be customized for 1 hour keynotes, half day and full day workshops and can be delivered via webinars, consulting or in one-on-one coaching sessions.

What people are saying

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  • As a speaker, Dr Davis has the ability to connect with her audiences, through enlightened, passionate and dynamic delivery. Dr. Davis' words challenge, inspire, uplift and motivate. Whether speaking in front of hundreds or in smaller intimate groups, Dr. Davis brings authenticity and personality in her remarks. Highly recommended.
    Tiane Mitchell Gordon, former SVP, Diversity & Inclusion at AOL
  • Dr. Davis spoke at our convention this year and she was one of the highest rated speakers we've had in a long time. The audience hung on her every word. She had us laughing, taking copious notes, and learning new strategies that I plan to use in my daily work. In fact, she had to stay an hour afterwards to accommodate the long line of attendees waiting to greet her. This has never happened in our company training programs. Thanks Dr. Davis
    Conference Attendee
  • I sat through a recent training class with Dr. Davis and I must say that I have never heard so much information shared in one session. She kept us engaged, laughing, and learning at the same time. I really enjoyed it and I look forward to another session with her.
    Audience Member
  • Shirley is a real example of what success truly is. She has lived the principles and strategies she teaches and even though I'm older than her, I am in awe of her wisdom and the practical way in which she delivers her message. Her audiences are "wowed" by her content and presentation. She's a package deal
    Professional Peer
  • Dr. Davis has been my success and career coach for the past two years. Each month I look forward to her inspiration, and practical tips on how I can improve my life, not just my career. From the first session, I knew that I had to have her in my life.
    Coaching Client
  • The information was very organized and clearly delivered. Participants found the information quite useful and relevant to their jobs. Your knowledge of the area was excellent, you engaged your audience and provided opportunities for interjection.
    The Jamaica Employers' Federation
  • Shirley Davis' session was one of the best I have attended in a long time. Engaging and informative. I was uplifted by it.
    Training Participant
  • Kudos Dr. Davis, you really know how to capture and hold your audience….!!!
    Conference Attendee
  • APA has Dr. Shirley Davis at the top of our list of extraordinary speakers who we cannot wait to work with again. We truly enjoyed the energy and professionalism she brought to our conference.
    Nicole F. Smith, APA, Director, Instructional Design and Learning Development
  • Dr. Shirley Davis has inspired the American Institute of Architects (AIA) leaders, staff and members to really take a look at how we are operating as a culture within our firms and the profession. We have received nothing but rave reviews from those fortunate enough to attend her presentations…
    Marcia Jones Calloway, M.S., Director, Diversity & Inclusion, The American Institute of Architects
  • Working with Dr. Shirley Davis during her powerful yet practical workshops put our staff on the journey towards greater cultural competency.
    Rachel Moore , President and CEO, The Music Center of Los Angeles


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Les Brown
Les BrownFriend, Speech Coach, Mentor
It’s been said that “good things come in small packages.” Well that’s been my personal experience with my friend Dr. Shirley Davis—one of the most dynamic and captivating speakers I’ve seen on stage. She’s humorous, full of energy, and keeps people fully engaged and on the edge of their seats as she shares her real life personal stories, setbacks, strategies, and solutions that inspires, empowers and motivates others to achieve greatness and to go to the next level. And I’m proud to call her a member of the Les Brown Speaker’s Network.
Pamela Lindsay
Pamela LindsayFounder and CEO The H.O.P.E. Project, Inc.
The word “INFLUENCE” means to affect someone’s thoughts or the capacity or power of persons or things and/or to be a compelling force on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others. Having been a student of Dr. Shirley Davis Sheppard, I believe that word best describes the lasting impact she has had on me, both personally and professionally. The success principles and strategies she offers are invaluable tools that if applied, produce greatness. Her overall ability to captivate her audience with her empowering facilitating style, forces the listener to stay engaged and desire more. Her wealth of knowledge and her professional experience is far beyond compare. One of the most p
Lenora Billings-Harris
Lenora Billings-Harris, CSPPast president- National Speakers Association President-elect Global Speakers Federation
Some speakers have great content. Some speakers have great stage presence. Dr. Shirley Davis is among the few who have both. Shirley couples her great research with client customization and real world applications, thus making her message directly impact each attendee. Shirley is a professional extraordinaire!