Betsy Myers to Keynote 2015 Workplace Awards
Betsy Myers, leadership expert and Founding Director of the Center for Women & Business at Bentley University, will deliver the keynote address at APA's 2015 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards, which will be presented on Saturday, March 14th in Washington, DC.
With deep experience in the corporate, political and higher education arena, Myers served as a senior adviser to Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign. She joined the campaign in January 2007 as the Chief Operating Officer and established the campaign with a business operational model and customer service mentality.
Prior to this appointment, Myers was the Executive Director of the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She came to CPL in 2003, with a track record of strategically building and realigning organizations. Myers focused the Center's teaching and research around personal leadership and the fully integrated person.
A senior official in the Clinton Administration, Myers was the President's senior adviser on women's issues. As Deputy Assistant to the President, she launched and was the first Director of the White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. She figured prominently in shaping the Administration's legislative agenda on issues such as domestic violence, reproductive choice, breast cancer and women in business.
Myers also served as the Associate Deputy Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development in the U.S. Small Business Administration. She implemented the SBA’s national requirements under President Clinton’s Welfare to Work Initiative and was responsible for the agency’s technical assistance, management and distance learning programs. In a previous post, Myers was the Director of the Office of Women’s Business Ownership at the SBA. She served as an advocate for the 7.8 million women entrepreneurs in the United States.
A Public Service Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School, she graduated with a MPA in 2000 and then served as the School’s Director of Alumni Programs and External Relations before directing the Center for Public Leadership. Her book, Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You, was released in September 2011.
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