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Busting Through the Concrete Wall

On this week’s episode of Shifting the Law, Johnny sits down with Charlene Wheeless, renowned communications pro, author, speaker, and equity champion to discuss navigating the workforce as a woman of color. Listen to hear Johnny and Charlene discuss breaking the concrete wall, changing company culture, and dismantling a system that seeks to keep minorities out by encouraging more diversity in the workplace.

Shifting the Law with Johnny Merritt
October 26, 2021

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5 Ways to Elevate Your Voice

As we emerge from a year of confusion and muted voices, who better to keep us inspired than those who never lost their voice —keynote speakers.

Draw inspiration from these 5 speakers who deliver words of wisdom to help you lead better than before. Many celebrities and politicians have lost their appeal over the past year, as people seek more authentic voices that resonate personally. Keynote speakers have positive, can-do attitudes that are a perfect fit for our brave new world.


Real Leaders Magazine
by Grant Schreiber
October 13, 2021

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You are Enough! An Interview with Charlene Wheeless

YOU ARE ENOUGH! draws from Wheeless’s experiences climbing the corporate ladder and battling breast cancer to illustrate life lessons for others.With wit, raw honesty, blazing courage, and solution-driven sensibility, Charlene reminds us that we are enough!




Inside Scoop Live
October 11, 2021

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An Interview w/Charlene Wheeless – Author of “You Are Enough!”

This book is part memoir, a cautionary tale, and part of how to create the life you want. 




September 17, 2021

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Author and public speaker, Charlene Wheeless, talks about how unapologetic authenticity has helped her thrive and who she channels when she gives her public speeches.

September 16, 2021

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“You Are Enough: Reclaiming Your Career and Your Life with Purpose, Passion and Unapologetic Authenticity” is an uplifting and moving memoir.

September 2, 2021

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Taking the Lead means inspiring your followers (as well as your peers, boss, and stakeholders) and yourself to take the action to achieve the outcomes you want for your organization and for yourself.

September 1, 2021

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Charlene Wheeless is teaching women about reclaiming a life of authenticity with her new book, You Are Enough! 

Reclaiming a Life of Authenticity
Breast Cancer Conqueror with Dr. V.

August 30, 2021

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10 Lessons I Learned That May Help You Too

Lessons I Learned Throughout My Cancer Journey Th at May Help You Too.

1. I forgive myself for getting cancer. 

Coping Magazine,
August 14, 2021

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Hope Today: Reclaim Your Life With Purpose and Passion

Cornerstone Television Network
August 12, 2021

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PODCAST
Discovering Your Purpose and Why Most DE&I Efforts Don’t Work

The Diversity Movement
August 10, 2021

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PODCAST
Hollywood Media Coach and Branding Expert

Jess Ponce — The A Factor
August 10, 2021

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I changed my life to save my life,” says author Charlene Wheeless. 

Book Review: “You are Enough” by Charlene Wheele sss





The cW Library, Summer 2021, Issue 11: Bookshelf, by Britt Julious,
July 14, 2021

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It’s Important to Know: You Are Enough

Cure Magazine,  Heal Summer 2021
Colleen Moretti

July 13, 2021

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Career Tips for Achieving Work-Life Balance

WSBT CBS Station
July 3, 2021

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Career Tips for Success with Charlene Wheeless while battling Breast Cancer



Good Day Chicago
July 3, 2021

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VIDEO/TV
Charlene on The Constant Struggle to Achieve Work-Life Balance

KMGH TV 7 Denver
July 3, 2021

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VIDEO/TV
Let it Be Known
Complete interview on life, cancer, purpose, and resilience

Black Press Association
July 3, 2021

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VIDEO/TV
How battling the business world & cancer shaped her message of purpose, passion, and peace


Life Today Television
July 1, 2021

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PODCAST

Former executive and renowned communications and leadership expert Charlene Wheeless speaks the truth about the transformative nature of her experiences, and how she has used them to help others realize that they are enough.


June 23, 2021

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PODCAST
The power of self-belief and getting what you deserve and earn. We also discuss the importance of having “champions” who will put their reputation on the line for you.

June 14, 2021

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The Keys to Being Enough

In her new book, Charlene shares her courageous story of breaking down stereotypes and barriers.
You’ll gain insights on: How feelings of not  “being enough” can happen to high achieving top leaders; Life lessons when facing human struggles in a complex world; 3 useful ideas for thinking differently to be the “best version of yourselves”

Business Advancement Inc
June 4, 2021

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All In With Bryan Weatherford

Bryan interviews Charlene Wheeless about her new book and purpose











BizVod
June 2021

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Finding Purpose

Fox Anchor Speaks with Charlene about Finding Purpose












Fox 5 News
May 27, 2021

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Charlene Wheeless of APCO Worldwide: “Self-discipline matters”

As a part of our series called 5 Things I Learned From The Social Isolation of the COVID19 Pandemic

By Ben Ari
May 6, 2021

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Rebuilding Life with Purpose, Passion, and Authenticity

Charlene Wheeless is a renowned communications visionary, author, and speaker with more than three decades of experience in business, corporate affairs, and communications.








Leadership Drip
Ralph Henderson
April 26, 2021

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PODCAST


Chad and Bob talk with Charlene about busting stereotypes and breaking through ceilings. Charlene is an executive, author, cancer survivor, mother, speaker, and a former NFL cheerleader. She shares the message that its choice (not chance) will change your life.

Win Make Give Podcast
March 29, 2021

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BOOK REVIEW

You Are Enough! is an inspirational text that’s filled with practical advice for working and living with passion and purpose.



Clarion Reviews
March 22, 2021

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PODCAST
Cancer Survivor, C-Suite Strategic Advisor and Communications Pro, Charlene Wheeless

Charlene discusses being a recovering C-suite executive; what she wishes she had done differently while battling breast cancer; the example she wishes she’d set for her daughters; and the importance of seeing strength in vulnerability; and her quest to live a life of purpose and unapologetic authenticity.

BEE Episode 21
March 17, 2021

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Does Your Reality Match Your Rhetoric?

As someone who has engaged with corporate America for more than 30 years, and as a Black citizen of the United States, I was impressed with the way many companies called for racial and social justice last year.



Greenville Business Magazine
March 2021

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Scratching My Head Over DE&I

I am a Black professional, A Black woman, and for my entire career, I’ve supported and advocated for DE&I. I must confess, though, that over that time I’ve become disheartened by the progress that has been make — or lack thereof.




Speak Out, by Charlene Wheeless
Enterprising Women Magazine
Spring 2021

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VIDEO PODCAST
Change Agents & Black History Month

“Now is our time to turn the corner on racism and communicators can be leaders in that” – Charlene Wheeless, Senior Advisor for Equity and Justice talks with Licy Do Canto, Managing Director, Washington, DC, APCO Worldwide, about the role of corporate America in elevating the dialogue in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement…


CommsLife by APCO Worldwide
February 24, 2021

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PODCAST
Building a Meaningful Life with Charlene Wheeless

Want to know how to build a career while being constantly underestimated? Need encouragement to succeed as the first and only one that looks like you in the boardroom? Unsure of how to ask for what you want? Well, we have the show for you…


The LevelUp Latina Podcast,
Episode 83
January 13, 2021

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Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Will Die on the Vine if You Don’t Do This First Crucial Step.

A Conversation with DE Expert Charlene Wheeless

Rich Black Woman with YAZ
December 24, 2020

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It Will Take An Innovative Spirit to Boost DEI and Tech

The tech sector is hardly alone in its need to make significant strides to increase the number of diverse professionals within its ranks. PRWeek’s Racial Equity Summit shines light on the necessary steps to make progress.

By Gideon Fidelzeid
December 17, 2020

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Charlene Wheeless: Her Story. Her Purpose

Oftentimes, we find ourselves in the least imaginable places. Our hopes and dreams of becoming one thing transforms into potential we never thought we would reach





Culpwrit Blog
by Elizabeth Korda
November 23, 2020

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Do You See Me?

I have a lecture series called “Lessons from Being Invisible,” and it has been popular for more than a decade. It’s because these stories and the actions that create them resonate.  

October 28, 2020

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APCO Names Wheeless Equity, Justice Lead

Charlene Wheeless, most recently VP-global corporate affairs at Bechtel Corp., is now senior advisor for equity and justice issues at independent firm APCO Worldwide.

By Kevin McCauley
O’Dwyer’s
October 20, 2020

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PRESS RELEASE
Charlene Wheeless Joins APCO Worldwide as Sr. Advisor for Equity and Justice

October 14, 2020

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PODCAST
Embracing Inclusive Leadership

In this episode, Amir talks with speaker, author, and communication expert, Charlene Wheeless, about how leaders can tap into their capacity for self-awareness and authentic communication to create more inclusive workplace cultures.


The Transformative Leader
with Amir Gannad

October 5, 2020

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This is America’s Watershed Moment


October 2020

Essay by Charlene Wheeless
THE DIALOGUE PROJECT
October 27, 2020

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Why You Need to Create a Safe Space for Conversation with Candice Georgiadias

There is a lot going on in our world right now and people need a safe space and room to have uncomfortable and difficult conversations without fear or consequences or retribution for telling the truth about how they feel.


August 31, 2020

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“Why you need a safe space for uncomfortable conversation”

Candice Georgiadis
August 31, 2020

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Here’s How to Better Support Black Employees and Coworkers



Arizona Big Media
by Charlene Wheeless
August 31, 2020

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How Leaders Can Better Support Black Employees


Lead by example. There is no better way for a CEO to underscore commitment than through personal action
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by Charlene Wheeless

August 27, 2020

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PODCAST
How to Support Black Employees & Colleagues Now

What does Black Lives Matter mean in the corporate world? How do we support women of color? We speak with Charlene Wheeless, a corporate leader, and woman of color, on how to navigate no matter your heritage.
Women’s Entrepreneurs Extraordinaire 
August 26, 2020

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Black Women’s Equal Pay Day 2020: Acknowledging Inequity

It takes a Black woman in the United States roughly 20 months to make the same amount of money that a white, non-Hispanic man earns in one year. I





Workspan Magazine
by Mark McGraw
August 13, 2020

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PODCAST

Phyllis Newhouse is joined by communication and leadership expert Charlene Wheeless to discuss her upcoming book and her consulting practice helping executives identify and solve their biggest organizational issues. 

August 2020

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BLACK WOMEN’S EQUAL PAY DAY CAME LAST WEEK — NO ONE IS CELEBRATING


Featured: My Business, My Career
August 202
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We’ve Only Just Begun: More Ways Companies Can Support Black Employees


Training Industry
by Charlene Wheeless

July 23, 2020

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PODCAST
Living a Life of Purpose and Truth with Charlene Wheeless

Charlene started her career in Corporate Communications straight out of college and never looked back. She shares her journey with us.
As Told by Nomads with Tayo Rockson
July 12, 2020

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Dear CEOs: America Needs Your Leadership

It is clear that there is a racist division of power in our country that must be dealt with—and it will take all of us, especially our corporate leaders, to do it successfully.




CHIEF EXECUTIVE MAGAZINE
by Charlene Wheeless

July 10, 2020

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How Can Leaders Better Support Black Employees in the Workplace

During this very human movement — amid social demonstrations, protests for systemic change and public outcry against acts of violence and police brutality — it’s important to also think about how people are impacted in your organization.



Chief Learning Officer Webinar
July 1, 2020

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PODCAST
Pursuing a Path of Greater Purpose

Emily is joined by Charlene Wheeless to discuss her journey in overcoming breast cancer, why going through treatment inspired her to start her blog, Just Between Us Girrls to tell the messy, raw, & uncomfortable truth of what life is like after cancer. Tune in to hear the two discuss Charlene’s history as an NFL cheerleader + C-suite executive, and journey toward post-traumatic growth (instead of stress).

Hosted by Emily Cassell
June 29, 2020

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It’s Time To Recognize the Moment We Are All Occupying

We are in the midst of an unprecedented moment for our country. What we see playing out in front of us isn’t just about police brutality; it’s about a trifecta of police brutality, murder, and the weaponization of skin color. 



by Charlene Wheeless

June 25, 2020

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How to be the Best Ally to the Black Community Right Now

It’s time for you to be the ally the Black Lives Matter movement deserves.
Not exactly sure how to do so? Let Charlene Wheeless walk you through it with a little tough love.




StyleCaster Magazine
by Bella Gerard
June 21, 2020

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How CCOs Can Help America Change

Page Chair Charlene Wheeless has been convening conversations to share ideas about the concrete steps that they can take to address systemic racism. In this podcast she speaks about what’s happening, what needs to be done about it and how CCOs can lead the charge.


Hosted by Eliot Mizrachi
June 18, 2020

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BOLD TV
Conversations about Race in the Workplace

The conversation of race isn’t an easy topic. But communications expert Charlene Wheeless and founder of AnySizeDeals Steve Nson chat with Bold TV about what we all can do better.



June 16, 2020

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6 ways to support black employees and coworkers right now

How can business leaders and colleagues provide support and have constructive discussions in the workplace?

POPULIST MAGAZINE
by Charlene Wheeless

June 4, 2020

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PODCAST
The Crux of the Story

In our twenty-ninth episode of The Crux, we welcome Charlene Wheeless, former principal vice president of global corporate affairs of Bechtel Corporation. We discuss the Arthur Page Society’s 2020 agenda, an organization’s purpose and prioritizing health.

The Crux of the Story with Gray Sheffer and Mike Fernandez, Boston University
March 2020

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PR Pros Anticipate a Rise in Crisis Communications in 2020

PR pros look at anticipated trends in crisis, diversity and ethics. Several see crisis preparation rising in the new year for various reasons. Others see a rise in diversity and inclusion as well as transparency. Finally, communicators who can provide a relief to the noise of the 2020 elections will ride high.

PR News
by Seth Arenstein
January 2, 2020

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Bechtel’s Charlene Wheeless Named Next Page Chair

Charlene Wheeless, Bechtel Corporation corporate affairs, has been named the next chair of the Page board of trustees.
Wheeless will assume the role at the start of 2020.  She will replace Aedhmar Hynes, whose current term on the board runs until 2022.






by Diana Marszalek

October 4, 2019

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Bechtel Executive Charlene Wheeless Honored with Prestigious Black Women in Business Award

Charlene Wheeless, principal vice president for Global Corporate Affairs, has been honored as one of the “25 Influential Black Women in Business” 


March 23, 2017

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TNJ Announces Leaders

The Network Journal has recognised Charlene Wheeless, principal vice president for Global Corporate Affairs of Bechtel as one of the ’25 Influential Black Women in Business.’


March 2017

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WOMEN WHO MEAN BUSINESS AWARDS

Charlene Wheeless holds the impressive title of being the first-ever African-American corporate vice president at DynCorp. By the age of 35, she had ascended to the role of the youngest female vice president in the company’s history.



November 24, 2008

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