Welcome to the Virtual Success Center
featuring some of Dr. Shirley Davis' most popular seminars!
3-Day, Interactive Mastery Program
Now Available to Bring Onsite to Your Organization's Leaders!
D, E, & I leadership couldn’t be more important today as organizations grapple with attracting, developing, and retaining top talent, driving innovation and creativity, building a positive brand and reputation, and being an employer of choice. Having the right mindsets, skillsets, and competencies is key to cultivating cultures of inclusion and high performance.
Learn from Dr. Shirley Davis and her 20+ years as Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion background for several major organizations. This customizable, interactive learning experience will provide personalized coaching to your organization's leaders. It will also offer the latest research, thought leadership, real solutions and strategies for real organizational challenges. Your leaders will leave with a roadmap for how to effectively develop a 5-year D, E, & I strategic plan and how to influence a culture transformation. They will also leave with practical tools, templates, and sample documents for immediate use in their roles.
Evolution and stages of D, E, & I
Assessment of the D, E, & I leader's skills, competencies, and readiness
The business case and garnering commitment
Navigating organizational politics and landmines associated with D, E, & I
Understanding unconscious bias
Designing a 3-5 year D, E, & I strategic plan
Tactics for how to have crucial conversations and address taboo topics
Strategies for leading a sustained culture transformation
Diversity & inclusion analytics and measurements
Who's It For?
- D, E, & I Leaders
- Diversity Committee / Inclusion Council Members & Champions
- Employee Research Group Members & Executive Sponsors
- Consultants and Coaches
- Other Business Leaders & Allies
- HR Professionals
A Certificate of Mastery in D, E, & I Leadership will be awarded to individuals who:
1. Successfully complete the course requirements listed above
2. Earn a passing grade on the final course quiz
3. Present a real organizational challenge with recommended solutions.
Dr. Shirley's New E-Learning Course....
"Building a Respectful & Harassment-Free Workplace Culture"
This eLearning course is offered in short, self-paced modules for easy access and enhanced retention. Successful completion will enable participants to learn the nuts and bolts of workplace harassment, how to address it, and the best practices, strategies, and solutions for how to initiate and sustain a workplace culture transformation.
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In addition to these great features, this course can be used for professional education credits!
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Consulting on Culture Strategy Development
Licensing Options Available (1-3 years)
Live Seminars are Offered in Four Tracks:
Given the current state of affairs, it couldn't be a more perfect time than now to reinvent yourself. Over the past decade, we’ve experienced some of the greatest shifts and disruptions in our marketplace, workforce, workplace, and in our personal and professional lives. These disruptions not only affect our performance and productivity on the job, but they affect our relationships, our sense of self-worth and confidence, our financial stability, our health and well-being, and they can spill over into every area of our lives.
In this highly engaging and transformational series, Dr. Shirley Davis will take on her role as Life and Success Coach to share compelling personal stories of how she faced these disruptions in her own life and was able to tackle them head on. She will also share strategies and tips for how she and other successful people were able to recover and reinvent themselves to achieve greater success.
This eight part series will include the following seminars:
Reinvent Yourself—Part 1
Success doesn't just happen. It requires discipline, focus, determination, and a clear understanding of one’s purpose. As we experience life’s up and downs and as we mature, our definition of success changes over time. Moreover, success varies from person to person, based on situations and circumstances, but it’s important to define what success means to you so that you can measure your own progress towards achieving it. In this seminar, Dr. Davis provides a roadmap for how to define success on your own terms and at the stage of life that you are, and she provides practical tips for how to begin working your life plan towards achieving the success that you were meant to have.
Reinvent Yourself—Part 2
One of the most basic and common questions asked in life is “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “Why do I exist”? “What is my purpose?” When you start answering these questions, you’ll bring new meaning to every aspect of your life - to your career, to your relationships, and even to your responses to life’s challenges. This seminar guides you through the process of how to find your WHY and will help you shift direction to getting on the right path so that you can maximize every aspect of your life and live with meaning, fulfillment, and passion.
Reinvent Yourself—Part 3
Life is hectic and full of challenges, complexities and competing priorities. This segment follows up on the strategies discussed in parts 1 & 2 and provides a formula for how to turn your vision of the future into reality by setting (SMART) goals and determining what is most important. Dr. Davis will share her framework for how to set life goals in five areas of your life, how to reprioritize your goals when life throws you a curveball, and how to ensure that you are holding yourself accountable for making them a reality and not just a New Year’s resolution.
Reinvent Yourself—Part 4
In this hyper-connected information age, we are sending, receiving and processing messages every day. But effective communication is about more than just exchanging information; it is the key ingredient to getting the job, the promotion, getting noticed, being granted new opportunities. In this seminar, learn about the power of first impressions, different styles of communication, and how to communicate your personal brand. You’ll leave this seminar with strategies for how to increase your credibility and influence and how to improve your relationships at home, work, and in social settings.
Reinvent Yourself—Part 5
If you’re at a place in your career where you’re questioning whether what you’re doing is what you want to do for the rest of your life, or if you’ve found yourself a victim of the recent economic downturn and out of a job, or if you just want to better position yourself for the next level, this is the seminar for you. Listen to expert coaching and advice from Dr. Davis on how to pick up the pieces of your career and begin pivoting in the right direction. This seminar will cover tips on successful resume writing, interviewing skills, dealing with bad bosses and toxic work environments, how to navigate through the organizational politics and how to be more politically savvy, how to secure a mentor and/or sponsor, and how to gain greater credibility in your organization. She will also discuss when it is time to develop and implement your exit strategy.
Reinvent Yourself—Part 6
Having the right people around you can determine your level of success and even affect your mental, emotional, and psychological health. Learn how to determine whether you have healthy and nurturing relationships in your life, or if the people around you are toxic and fatal to your destiny. There are six key relationships that all of us should have in our career. Dr. Davis will describe each of them and provide guidance and strategies on how to build and nurture these relationships for mutual benefit.
Reinvent Yourself—Part 7
Do you have control of your finances or do they have control of you? Is your money funny but it’s no laughing matter? One thing is for sure, when you experience money problems, it spills over into every area of your life. It can kill your dreams, passion, relationships, and sometimes your will to live. Now is the perfect time to abandon old ideologies about money and invest in a new strategy for building wealth and living a more financially stable, debt-free and prosperous life. Dr. Davis will walk you through her personal journey of how she reengineered her thinking about money and recovered from financial setbacks and overwhelming debt. Learn the critical steps that she took to build her financial strategy and how she is building her financial legacy.
Reinvent Yourself—Part 8
Your success in life will depend upon your ability to be your own architect and take control of your destiny which also means believing in yourself and breaking out of negative and self-defeating behaviors. In this final series of Reinvent Yourself, Dr. Davis will leave you with empowering nuggets for how to live your life on your own terms, how not to be defeated when life’s disruptions and setbacks happen, how to have the right attitude that will get you through any of life’s challenges, and most importantly, and how to get out of your own way. You will be inspired and motivated to take your life back and begin to create the amazing life that you envision.
Building Winning, Welcoming, and Inclusive Workplace Cultures
Many companies tout how much progress they have made in their diversity efforts because they have recruited more diverse talent and offered D & I training. But if achieving representation, counting heads, and raising awareness is all that you do, and you don’t have a welcoming or inclusive workplace culture, your efforts will not be sustainable. So what does it take to create a winning and inspiring workplace culture that rocks—one that attracts top talent, increases performance and engagement, fosters collaboration and trust, and creates a WOW experience that makes great workers want to stay?
In this high-energy and engaging session, Dr. Shirley Davis, CSP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR will share the latest research and innovative strategies for how winning cultures are created and how they lead to significant benefits to the employer, the employee, and to the bottom line. Attend the webinar to listen, learn, engage, and walk away with practical tips on how you can contribute to building a welcoming, winning, and high performing workplace culture.
This course will give you a basic understanding of how diversity has evolved over 30 years and the role that it plays in the 21st century workplace today and in the future. It also provides a broad overview of the definition of Diversity, Inclusion, Cultural Competence, and Strategic Diversity Management. Participants will be introduced to the evolution of workplace diversity (1950s-2014) and the distinctions between the definitions of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competence. Dr. Davis will outline the various practices that occur at each stage of the diversity journey---Diversity 1.0 (legal compliance and representation), Diversity 2.0 (nice to have, morally right thing to do), Diversity 3.0 (business imperative, competitive advantage, inclusion, bias conscious) to Diversity 4.0 (innovation, sustainability, unconscious bias, cultural competence) and allow participants to diagnose/discuss which phase of Diversity they believe that their organization is currently at in their I & D efforts.
Participants will also learn what are the behaviors and practices that can be implemented in order to move to the next level of their diversity journey.
The Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion
In this seminar, participants will learn about the business case for diversity—specifically how companies are using inclusion and diversity to create a competitive advantage through their employer brand, talent acquisition strategies, employee development, performance management, engagement, and retention. Dr. Davis will describe the external marketplace and the changing global workforce that have necessitated the increased focus on inclusion; this will include an overview/refresher of the multigenerational workforce—describing all five generations, the unique challenges and opportunities that they bring to the workplace, and the strategies necessary to lead each generation, and bring harmony in any organization. She will also outline recent research that reveals how these changes have impacted job satisfaction, employee engagement, productivity, and retention of top talent and what are the financial implications.
Participants will reflect on how these changes may affect their organization’s culture, its customers, and its business strategy and how inclusive leadership behaviors can positively influence and build an inclusive culture.
10 Workforce Trends That Are Keeping CEOs up at Night
Never before has businesses faced such dramatic shifts and vulnerabilities in their ability to be competitive and sustainable. Peter Drucker coined it the Era of the 3 C’s (Increased Competition, Accelerated Change, and Overwhelming Complexity). And while these changes bring new possibilities and opportunities, they are also keeping CEOs up at night, according to a number of recent reports.
In this engaging session, Dr. Davis will provide you a deep dive snapshot of the global workforce and talent management trends. She will outline 10 of them in this presentation and identify recommended strategies and best practices that some of the world’s most admired companies and business leaders can implement in order to move their organizations forward.
21st Century Leadership for a 21st Century Workforce
Never has effective leadership been more important than it is today. With growing global competition, a more global, hyper-connected, virtual, and diverse workforce, and increasing business complexities, a new framework of leadership is critical to organizational success and sustainability.
This presentation will introduce a 21st century leadership framework with practical strategies and common best practices for leading diverse individuals, teams, and organizations including how to effectively lead multiple generations in the workplace; how to identify and defeat bias; and how to build inclusive and high performing work environments that will drive greater innovation, increase employee engagement, and enhance productivity.
Employee Engagement Strategies and Their Impact to the Bottom Line
The hiring market is heating up, and many surveys indicate employees plan to change jobs in the coming year. How do you retain your most valued employees on your staff, and away from your competitors? And, for those you do retain, how do you keep them inspired and engaged? It often comes down to work environment.
Leaders have a key role to play by creating an inclusive, engaging work environment. Inclusive workplaces are more creative, innovative and successful than mono-cultural, homogeneous workforces. They are also able to better service a diverse client base. And, they illustrate that organizations are serious about the culture they are creating in the workplace. In this seminar, Dr. Shirley Davis will highlight the latest research findings on key drivers of employee engagement and loyalty. You will hear real-world examples of how organizations are attracting, engaging, and retaining talent and transforming their organizations into great places to work. Participants will not only be re-energized by the content, but they will leave this seminar with practical strategies and next practices for building an inclusive and engaging work environment.
Building High Performing Organizations and Teams
There is no question that organizations today are facing enormous challenges with globalization, demographic changes, economic and political shifts, technology advances, and the skills gap for great talent. Energizing workers is just one part of the solution. In this engaging and informative discussion, Dr. Davis will highlight the latest research findings on key drivers of job satisfaction and employee engagement and will demonstrate how a real and lasting commitment to building a respectful, inclusive, and highly engaged workplace can boost companies' bottom lines. Dr. Davis will also share the four stages that teams experience and how to move them from forming to high-performing. Participants will learn real-world examples of strategies that organizations implement for attracting, engaging, and retaining talent and transforming their organizations into great places to work. Participants will not only be re-energized by the content, but they will leave this session with at least 15 strategies for building a high performing and engaging work environment and high performing teams.
Getting a Seat at the Table and Making it Count
Have you been grappling with the proverbial question of "How do I get a seat at the table?" Or maybe you have a seat at the table but still feel invisible. Then you know that it’s not enough to have a seat at the table. If you are a leader and have a seat at that table, then you understand the pressures, the pervasive biases, and the responsibilities that go along with having that seat. So how do you make it count, not only for sustaining your seat, but for driving results to the organization’s bottom line and for opening up seats for other leaders that may be overlooked? In this session, learn 12 strategies and other bold moves that highly successful leaders have used to get invited to the table and their tips for how to influence, initiate, and impact culture change while at the table.
The Power of your Personal Brand
Standing out in today’s job market is tough, particularly given the slow recovering economy and competitive war for talent. Building a strong personal brand — and regularly maintaining it — can be key to your job search and career success. Not only does a personal brand help you stand out among other job candidates, but it also helps to forge new relationships with others in your field, ultimately leading to new opportunities. What is your personal brand? What do people say about you when your name comes up? It’s not always what you know that gets you ahead; it’s who you know and what they know about you. And whether you know it or not, we all have a personal brand.
In this live seminar, Dr. Davis will teach you how to be the architect of your own message by creating a personal brand statement and strategy. She will also provide tips for how to stand out from among the competition in your job search, on social media, at work, and in your business using your unique qualities and talents.
Communicate with Power and Impact
Research continues to reveal that professionals who communicate effectively and confidently go further faster in their careers than those who don’t. Today more than ever, top-notch communication skills are an absolute must if you want to get ahead professionally. In this seminar you’ll learn practical steps for how to be seen as a highly credible, authoritative communicator who commands attention and gets things done. Learn practical and proven techniques and skills on how to communicate effectively and confidently so that you make the best impression the first time. You’ll be armed with the tools and techniques you need to be a more motivating, more persuasive and more effective professional.
Negotiation and Influencing Skills
There’s no doubt about it—one of the most critical keys to your success as a working professional is the ability to communicate effectively, negotiate strategically, and to influence others. When you think about it, almost everything that we do requires communicating and influencing. If you can’t get the message across in a clear, concise, confident and compelling way, both internally and externally, you will derail your success.
During this presentation, you will learn some proven tools and techniques for communicating with various levels in your organization, including your C and E-suite executives as well as how to represent your organization to the public. Learn how to build trust and credibility; how to shine in meetings by getting your ideas and messages across; and how to ask for what you need and/or want, whether it is a new job, a long overdue promotion, negotiating a sale on a product, securing a loan at the bank, or negotiating a new business venture. Join this seminar and be prepared to be educated, entertained, and engaged as you discover the secrets of successful negotiation and influencing.
Did you know that Americans rank public speaking as its number one fear? Yet, making presentations is something we all have to do—and it’s a critical part of career success. People who can organize and present information with skill, poise, presence, and passion and who can master the act of being clear, concise, and compelling will experience greater success in life than those whose presentations fall flat. Participants will walk away from this seminar with strategies and techniques for how to structure a presentation, how to capture the audience’s attention, how to overcome stage fright and the fear of speaking in front of others, and how to deliver a powerful presentation with flair and with impact.
Women in the Global Workforce
Where are women leading and where are they lagging in today’s changing workforce? It’s no longer just a prediction—it’s now a reality that women hold the “majority” status in the global population. Research proves and experts continue to indicate that “by increasing women’s participation in the economy and enhancing their efficiency and productivity, we can have a dramatic impact on the competitiveness and growth of our economies.” And while women continue to make significant progress worldwide with each passing generation, they still lag behind in key areas that contribute to economic sustainability and workforce inclusion.
In this informative seminar, the Dr. Davis will share her expertise and perspectives from recent research and emerging trends on how far women have come in achieving equality in the workforce, and how much further we need to travel. Additionally, she will offer some key strategies on how organizations can become employers of choice for women, then boost performance, innovation, engagement and inclusion by capitalizing on the power of women in the global workforce.
Lastly, she will offer some lessons in leadership and a framework for how women can navigate their way up and across the organization to better position themselves for success in senior and executive level roles.
10 C’s to Achieving Career Success
Looking for a fulfilling career and not just another job? Want to move up the corporate ladder? Tired of getting overlooked for promotions, being marginalized as a woman, and underpaid for the work that you do? Trying to manage work, family, finances, and other life commitments? Then this is the seminar for you. Dr. Shirley Davis will share proven strategies shared with her from over 100 executive women whom she interviewed from around the world, as well as her more than 20 years of executive coaching experience and from her own life’s journey of moving up the corporate ladder to the C-Suite. Participants will learn key strategies that have been tried and tested by other successful women who have been able to ‘crack the code’ and move up the corporate ladder; and practical tips on how to increase your effectiveness in negotiation, relationship-building, influencing, leadership, communication, and prioritizing skills.
Executive Presence: Poise, Professionalism, and Perseverance - Under Pressure
Executive presence remains an elusive term that leaves many professional women struggling with how to act upon it. Commonly included in its definition is poise, professionalism, and the ability to perform under pressure, among others. Research continues to reveal that it does play a role in hiring decisions, promotions, and perceptions and that executive presence is not just required for executives—rather it is a sought after skill for high potential professionals. Moreover, executive presence is now the second highest reason why clients seek an executive coach. In this seminar, Dr. Davis will shed more light on what is executive presence, and how it can be developed and demonstrated for career success.
Getting Results is Not Enough
Being humble is admirable, but it could be a career blocker. Most women report that they don’t do a good job of bragging about their accomplishments and in fact, rely on their results to speak for themselves. However, their male counterparts do it naturally and all the time with no shame. And as a result, they get heard, promoted, and paid more in nearly every industry and business sector according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If women are to achieve any level of parity in the workplace, they will have to become comfortable tooting their own horn with confidence and without blowing it. There is a skill and an art to doing so and this seminar will teach you the practical principles for promoting yourself in a meaningful, subtle, and strategic way that gets noticed.
10 Traits of Highly Effective Women
As a woman, you know that unequal pay, the glass ceiling, lack of respect, integrating work and family, and being marginalized are just some of the issues women face in the workplace. In this seminar you will hear some of the latest research on women in workforce—where they are leading and where they are lagging and what are some strategies that have been tried and tested by successful women who have been able to ‘crack the code’ and move up the corporate ladder. You’ll walk away with tips and strategies on how to increase your effectiveness in relationship-building, networking, influencing, communication, and leadership.
Length: Each live virtual seminar will be 1.5 hours with time allotted for chat room discussions, Q & A, and live activities. Any supplemental materials beyond the live presentation slides will be emailed prior to the seminar.
Who Should Attend: Any individual at any stage in his/her life and career who wants to achieve greater levels of success. Read course descriptions for more details on session outcomes.
About the Presenter: Read Dr. Shirley Davis' Bio here.
Special Group Pricing: Any organization or individual may request “personalized” seminars specifically for your team, department, or division. Rates are based on number of expected participants. Please call (410) 917-4421 or use our Virtual Success Center Request Form to receive more specific pricing information.
Note: Customization for any seminars is available upon request including length of the seminar, content, materials, and time it is offered.