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Shelley Zalis

Shelley Zalis
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:

Monday Jan 14
11:30 - 12:00 PM
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The Girls' Lounge, Level 3

Session open to Retailers, NRF Members, and registered Press.

Women leaders share how they’ve overcome obstacles to rise up into leadership positions in male-dominated industries. Plus, advice to future female leaders on...

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Monday Jan 14
2:30 - 3:00 PM
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The Girls' Lounge, Level 3

Session open to Retailers, NRF Members, and registered Press.

Today’s business leaders are disrupting the retail industry by seeing the world through women’s eyes. In this conversation, female leaders share how having...

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Tuesday Jan 15
10:30 - 11:00 AM
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The Girls' Lounge, Level 3

Session open to Retailers, NRF Members, and registered Press.

Research shows the myriad of benefits to having more women on boards, from diversity of mindset to higher return on equity.  In this talk, thought leaders share...

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Tuesday Jan 15
11:30 - 12:00 PM
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The Girls' Lounge, Level 3

Session open to Retailers, NRF Members, and registered Press.

Negotiation is a skill that can be learned, from how to make a counter offer to raising your visibility and assuming more responsibility. In this talk, leaders who...

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Tuesday Jan 15
1:30 - 2:00 PM
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The Girls' Lounge, Level 3

Session open to Retailers, NRF Members, and registered Press.

Your personal brand may be your most important tool for attracting clients, finding a job and growing your business. Hear from our guests as they share how to best...

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Tuesday Jan 15
2:30 - 3:00 PM
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The Girls' Lounge, Level 3

Session open to Retailers, NRF Members, and registered Press.

Women-owned businesses tend to do better financially on average compared to male-owned startups, yet they receive less funding from angel investors and VCs. Thought...

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