Dr. Sheila Murray Bethel’s global expertise in leadership and change helps organizations maximize human resources, solve people problems and increase bottom line results. Business savvy and people smart, she understands how to help people be their best and what it takes to make a business work. Sheila is a successful entrepreneur, best selling business author and a hall-of-fame keynote speaker.
The author of five books, Dr. Bethel's latest book is A New Breed of Leader, 8 Leadership Qualities that Matter Most in the Real World, What Works, What Doesn't and Why, draws on fifteen years of research and work with her global corporate clients, governments and education systems. She defines the eight qualities leaders need to implement to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
Sheila holds a PhD in Communications and has served on the adjunct faculty of Indiana Purdue University, San Francisco State University, and the University of Southern California. She is a currently a member of the Advisory Council for Amsted University based in Malaysia.
She is creator and host of two National Public Television Specials, Making A Difference, Saving our Kids and a prolific writer with five books translated into many languages. Sheila has also written over 150 articles and 30 audio/video training programs.
Sheila has worked on projects with four U.S. Presidents and was appointed to the Board of Advisors for America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, who is the Founding Chairman. In 1990, she interfaced with the Bush White House and the Polish Parliament to consult with and train Polish businesses being transformed by privatization. She established the first privately-owned business training center in Eastern Europe, located in Opole, Poland.
Sheila is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame and has been recognized as one of the “Twenty-one Top Speakers for the 21st Century,” by Successful Meetings Magazine. With over 3,000 presentations to over two million people in 20 countries, she has shared the platform with former President Gerald Ford, General Colin L. Powell, publisher Katharine Graham, Michael Jordan and Coach Pat Riley, First Lady Hillary Clinton, and Senator Bob Dole, among other luminaries. Her client list reads like a Global Who’s Who of Business, Trade Associations, Education and Government.
A master at targeting her presentations for you, Sheila addresses relevant trends and offers powerful, practical guidance for Leadership and Change. She artfully blends content-rich presentations with an entertaining and motivating style. You receive the double benefit of enjoying yourself while learning practical, immediately applicable real-world material for real-world results. She cuts right to the core issues you care about and shows your audience what works, what doesn’t and why.
Sheila has a passion for impacting others. When her gifts on the platform help people, she says, “I’m the messenger; it’s what happens inside of them that makes the real difference – that’s the quiet miracle of personal growth.”
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