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Shelley Zalis

Shelley Zalis
Shelley Zalis
CEO, The Female Quotient
The FQ Lounge
Shelley Zalis is an internationally-renowned thought leader for advancing equality in the workplace. As the first female chief executive of a company ranked in the research industry’s top 25, she changed the game, helped elevate feminine strengths in the workplace, and has devoted herself to becoming a mentor and role model to women and leaders in her industry.

Today, as CEO of The Female Quotient, Zalis is advancing gender equality across industries and title levels with the Girls’ Lounge: a pop-up experience at conferences across the globe, such as The World Economic Forum, Cannes Lions and the Consumer Electronics Show, as well as within companies. She is also leading initiatives within corporations by activating solutions for change with The Female Quotient’s Equality Bootcamps.

Zalis is an admired speaker and member of the Washington Speakers Bureau, as well as a skilled moderator who has interviewed influencers such as Katie Couric, Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sheryl Sandberg, Arianna Huffington and others on topics related to equality and leadership. Zalis authors a Forbes column that provides inspiration and advice for women looking to rise up into leadership positions from the “messy middle” of middle management. She is the co-founder of #SeeHer, a movement led by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) to increase the percentage of accurate portrayals of women and girls in advertising and media. Zalis is also on the Board of Directors for MAKERS.

A firm believer in giving back with generosity, Zalis is building her legacy around tapping into the power of collaboration to transform workplace culture so that all people feel like they belong.

Speaking in:

Wednesday
January 13
1:00 pm1:30 pm
EST

As women move through their careers, they are seeking out mentors to help them advance and overcome gender barriers in the workplace. We know the traditional mentorship format isn't enough — what's missing? This conversation will explore what’s working and what’s not when it comes to preparing women to lead and rise up.Read more

Tuesday
January 19
1:00 pm1:30 pm
EST

There has been a huge shift in consumers demanding that brands take a stance on key social issues — namely equality. Marketers and brands across the globe are working overtime to figure out how to communicate this effectively. In this conversation, we’ll draw lessons and insights from this year's most… Read more