Dr. Shirley Davis


Dr. Shirley Davis, CSP is an accomplished corporate executive, global workforce and talent management expert, an international speaker, certified trainer, leadership coach, and a master of reinvention. 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 in more than 12 countries around the world. She has been described by her clients as very knowledgeable, engaging, practical, and transformative. Dr. Davis is also President and CEO of SDS Global Enterprises, Inc., a strategic development solutions firms that that specializes in HR strategy development, talent management, organization transformation, diversity & inclusion, implicit bias, leadership coaching, and personal and professional reinvention.

Dr. Davis has over 30 years of business and human resources experience and has worked at several Fortune 100 and 500 companies in various senior and executive leadership roles in sales, operations, banking, retail, manufacturing, utilities, and financial services. Her last role before launching SDS Global was as the Global Vice President Diversity & Inclusion and Workplace Strategies for the world’s largest HR association.

She holds a Bachelor’s in Pre-Law; a Master’s in HR Management; and a Ph.D. in Business and Organization Management, with a specialization in Leadership. She is certified as a Senior HR Professional through the Human Resources Certification Institute and The Society for Human Resource Management (SPHR and SHRM-SCP). Additionally, she is a Certified Speaking Professional earned through the National Speaker’s Association, a designation only bestowed on 12% of speakers worldwide and on only 12 African American females in the world.

She has been featured and quoted on NBC’s The Today Show, in theWall Street Journal,Essence Magazine,Smart Meetings Magazine,Black Enterprise Magazine,The Washington Post,HR Magazine, andCNN.com and has been honored with numerous awards. She was named one of the Top 100 Corporate Executives in America by Uptown Professional Magazine four consecutive years (2011-2014). In 2011, she was named as a 2012 “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal and she received the “Strategic Star” Award by Diversity Woman Magazine in Dec. 2012. She’s also the best-selling author ofReinvent Yourself: Strategies for Achieving Success in Every Area of Your Life and its companion workbook.

She is a former Miss District of Columbia, Mrs. Oklahoma, Ms. Virginia, and in 2000 won the national title of Ms. American United States. Dr. Davis is active in her local community, sits on several boards, and resides in the Tampa Bay area.


Speaking Topics

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.

Diversity 101

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.

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.

Recent Media

Dr. Shirley Davis interview in Inclusion Magazine - 2017

Dr. Shirley Davis interview in Inclusion Magazine - 2017