Shirley Davis, Ph.D, SPHR

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Shirley Davis, Ph.D, SPHR

Principal Consultant


Dr. Davis, President of SDS Global Enterprises, is an accomplished corporate executive, a certified senior Global HR and Talent Management expert, and a success coach. She has over 20 years of business experience and has worked at five Fortune 50 and 100 companies in various senior and executive leadership roles. Most recently, for 8 years she was the Global head of Diversity & Inclusion and Workplace Strategies for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR membership association. She has been featured and quoted on NBC’s The Today Show, NPR, in the Wall Street Journal, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, The Washington Post, HR Magazine, Diversity Woman Magazine and has been honored with numerous awards. She is the author of the new book: “Reinvent Yourself: Strategies for Achieving Success in Every Area of Your Life.” This summer, she was inducted into the National Speakers Association as a Certified Speaking Professional. A designation only held by 12% of speakers worldwide and by only 10 African American female speakers in the world.

She holds a Bachelor’s in Pre-Law; a Master’s in HR Management; and a Ph.D. in Business and Organization Management. She’s a former Miss District of Columbia, Mrs. Oklahoma, Ms. Virginia, and in 2000 won the national title of Ms. American United States.

In Her Own Words

What do you do (in 5 words or fewer)?
Transform organizations and empower individuals

What is your dream travel destination?
Barcelona Spain and Sydney Australia

What’s the best advice you ever got?
“Jump first and grow my wings on the way down; take the risk and trust that your proper planning will pay off.”

When your life is over, what would you like people to say about you?
That she “lived full, and died empty and that the world was a better place because she was here.”

What are you most proud of?
I am proud to have earned a Ph.D., published 2 books, honored to be a global thought leader; thrilled to be a former Ms. America United States; and proud to have achieved senior executive ranks in corporate America, but none of them top how proud I am to be a great mom to Gabrielle Victoria and to see the path that she is charting towards success in her life.

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
An Eagle. They have vision and can fly at an altitude of 10,000 feet (higher than any other bird).  They are very nurturing, they fly without flapping their wings, and they are rare–all characteristics of my nature and what has contributed to my success.

What’s your dream project?
To have a franchise of The Success Center around the country that teaches individuals and organizations how to soar to greatness.