Dr. Shirley Davis


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 also worked in more than 30 countries around the world on five continents. She has consulted, coached, and presented to leaders at all levels of the organization, including in all business sectors, and across a number of industries.  
Most recently, for eight years, she was the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Workplace Strategies at the world’s largest HR association, The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). There she developed and implemented transformational programs and outcomes for both SHRM and the D & I field, and today, remains a sought-after global thought leader on the changing global workforce and leadership excellence by organizations around the world.  
Dr. Davis has also served in senior leadership roles at Exelon Corporation, Capital One, Circuit City Corporate Services, and Bank of America. She is a certified Senior HR Professional (through SHRM and the HR Certification Institute), and a certified International Speaking Professional (a designation only held by 17% of speakers worldwide).  
Additionally, she sits on the Board of Directors for the National Speaker’s Association, the Advisory Board for Diversity Woman Media, the Forum on Workplace Inclusion, and the Board of Central Florida Speakers Association.   
Dr. Davis has also been a featured expert and quoted on NBC’s The Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, HR Magazine, Profiles in Diversity Journal,, Smart Meeting Magazine, Uptown Professional, Diversity Woman, and was featured on the cover of the winter 2018 issue of Inclusion Magazine. She is the best-selling author of, “Reinvent Yourself: Strategies for Achieving Success in Every Area of Your Life,” and “The Seat: How to Get Invited to the Table When You are Over- Performing but Undervalued.” She is also a featured and popular author for LinkedIn Learning. 

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Artha K. Jonassaint is a lifelong Floridian with an affinity for agriculture and a long-term interest in creating people-centered policy in the United States. Jonassaint is an undergraduate student at Harvard College studying Government and Global Health and Health Policy with aspirations of attending law school upon graduation. Jonassaint served as the Florida FFA State President prior to matriculation at Harvard and was elected as the National FFA Southern Region Vice President during her second year of college, the first Black woman to hold either role. She ultimately hopes to pursue a career in which she contributes to more equitable food and health systems in the United States and empowers young people to reach their full potential.  
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