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Shelley Zalis


CEO, The Female Quotient and Founder
The Girls' 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:

Friday Sep 14
8:00 - 8:30 AM
Room 2203, Venetian-Sands Expo
Research shows that diversity is good for business. However, black and Latino retail workers are underrepresented in management positions. In this unplugged discussion, leaders share ideas on how to transform workplace culture to get more minorities... Read more
Friday Sep 14
10:15 - 10:45 AM
Room 2203, Venetian-Sands Expo
The ways in which women and girls are depicted in ads impacts how females see themselves—and gender expectations of society at large. Moreover, research shows advertisements that accurately portray women and girls perform better, further... Read more