Dr. Sheila Robinson
Transformational keynote speaker
Dr. Sheila Robinson is a powerful and persuasive keynote speaker and corporate trainer. From the Women’s Leadership Empowerment Conference in San Francisco to Women on Wall Street Summit and an engagement at the Pentagon, Sheila speaks boldly and with purpose on the topics critical to leadership in a diverse world.
Founder, publisher, and CEO of Diversity Woman Media, LLC, Sheila has led an expanding media company that supports the leadership and executive development of women of all races cultures and backgrounds through Diversity Woman magazine, diversitywoman.com, special events, conferences, social media, and her many speaking engagements.
With more than 20 years in corporate America and as the former Marketing Director of DuPont’s global textiles division, Sheila has witnessed and experienced first-hand the challenges and opportunities that exist for multicultural women in business.
Shelia is the founder of two nonprofit organizations: LEED (Leadership, Executive and Entrepreneurial Development) for Women, a program that supports more multicultural women in leadership and executive roles, and I Am a Leader, an organization that teaches leadership skills to K-12 and college students.
Dr. Sheila Robinson is founder and publisher of Diversity Woman magazine, a business magazine for professional women leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs of all races, cultures, and backgrounds. After her first magazine, North Carolina Career Network, received an overwhelmingly positive response, the publication expanded nationally in April of 2008 and became Diversity Woman.
Dr. Robinson is a former Marketing Director in the textiles division of global chemical giant DuPont, where she traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad tracking apparel trends at industry events, including Essence magazine’s annual “Essence Award Show,” GQ magazine’s “Men of the Year Award,” and New York’s “7th on Sixth” fashion shows.
Sheila achieved early career success at DuPont but, after she had been with the organization for 14 years, her division was sold. Faced with relocation, she resigned from the company to pursue a long-awaited dream: to launch a magazine for professional women seeking career advancement opportunities. As an African-American woman, Sheila was no stranger to adversity, and she was strongly committed to providing what she thought to be a much-needed resource for women.
Sheila received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-Law from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. In 2011, she graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma honors in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Master’s Program at Western Carolina University, and was selected as the “Most Outstanding Student” by the College of Business faculty. She received a Master’s of Science in Talent Management and a Doctor of Education in Work-Based Learning and Leadership—both from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sheila is a graduate of Leadership Greensboro (2006), Leadership North Carolina (2007), and holds certificates from Stanford University’s Professional Publishing Program (2007) and the Wharton Business School’s Chief Learning Officer (CLO) doctoral program (2013).
In 2009 she was honored with the MEAC Image Award for her career achievements and as a positive role model for young women.
Other honors include
- Honored as the 2011 Minority Business Person of the Year by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
- Named 2012 Diversity MBA Top 100 Leaders by Diversity MBA Magazine
- Received Kingonomics’s Corporate Diversity Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship during the 50th March on Washington celebration in 2013
- Received an international Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award for her extraordinary efforts and work in facilitating professional opportunities for women and minorities in 2017
Sheila has been featured on the cover of Publishing Executive magazine and was named as one of 50 Top Women in Magazine Publishing for the significant contribution she has made in her industry.