Professional Development Speakers

Selena Rezvani

Selena Rezvani is Vice President of Consulting and Research at Be Leaderly and a recognized consultant, speaker, and author on women and leadership.  A knowledgeable human capital consultant, Selena uses workplace culture assessments to help corporate clients be more inclusive and welcoming to women.  She’s also the author of two leadership books targeted at professional women: Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want (Jossey-Bass, 2012) and The Next Generation of Women Leaders (Praeger, 2009).  

Selena’s mission is to help high-potential women reach the top echelons of leadership, a goal she achieves through by working with senior leaders to position an inclusive workplace as a competitive business advantage. Her experience and success in the women and leadership arena makes Rezvani a frequent resource for news media and an in-demand business speaker. She has been quoted, interviewed, and profiled by CIO, CareerBuilder, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, ABC, and NBC. She was a regular commentator on NPR’s syndicated The 51% Perspective and wrote an award-winning column on women and leadership for The Washington Post. Outside of her consulting programs, Selena promotes her message through presentations to corporate audiences, at universities and associations, and at many international conferences, including Harvard, Princeton, J&J, Comcast, Apple, Northrop Grumman, LinkedIn, and many others.  

Prior to joining Be Leaderly, Selena served as a Lead within Deloitte’s Greenhouse Experience team, where she taught teams how to foster better diversity and collective intelligence. Selena also led the assessments practice at Washington, DC-based Management Concepts, where she administered and coached clients on personality, leadership, and aptitude measures. Selena has led numerous workplace culture research campaigns and studies on women in the C- suite, millennials, managers,andnegotiating habitswhich have been covered by international media. 

Prior to her three years at Management Concepts, Selena worked as a senior member of the consulting team at the Great Place to Work® Institute, the firm best known for ranking Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work® in America list. While at the Institute, Selena consulted widely on issues of organizational change and workforce development, working with Fortune 1,000 and nonprofit organizations internationally and across many industries including Monster.com, Novartis Corporation, DaimlerChrysler, Inova Health System, and Brooks Brothers. Client services included focus group facilitation, employee opinion surveys, 360º assessments, leadership workshops, and customized survey assessments. 

She has a bachelor’s degree and Master of Social Work degree from New York University, and has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.  Selena lives in Philadelphia with her husband Geoff and 5-year old boy/girl twins.