I have one goal: to inspire and energize audiences to achieve beyond their expectations by tapping into their power and winning at work and life. Okay, well, that was two goals.
Attendees of my keynotes walk away with unabashed empowerment, enthusiasm, and inspiration. You’ll gain the courage you need to make change and the confidence to execute on it! I am available for speaking engagements as a conference keynote, business keynote, non-profit organizations, associations, and everything in between!
Author, “An Effort to Understand: Hearing One Another (and Ourselves) In a Nation Cracked In Half”
“Every syllable of this talk rang of truth earned many times over…one of our participants blurted out that this virtual session was ‘like church,’ and immediately people piled on to upvote that statement.”
Author of “The Wisest Investment: Teaching Your Kids to Be Responsible, Independent and Money-Smart for Life“
“Charlene’s speech is a powerful reminder that we all have the choice to live the life we deserve by taking charge of our lives. Coming from Charlene, who has the professional and personal experience to back it up, this message is motivating and empowering: take a deep breath, make a decision, and take action.”
Organizational Psychologist, Executive Coach, Speaker, and Author
“Few Black women have made it to the C-suite, but Charlene Wheeless did it! Now she uses the power of that experience to encourage other women to pursue their dreams, despite the barriers we might encounter. In this deeply personal and empowering message, Charlene also helps leaders see more clearly how they can support these dreams. Charlene’s charming and inspiring delivery will leave you feeling that you, too, can reach the top.“
CHARLENE’S MOST REQUESTED KEYNOTES
I’m available for your large or small group gathering. As a keynote, my job is to surprise and delight and I take that role very seriously. While I speak on several topics, these three or the most popular. If they don’t fit your needs, let’s have a conversation! If I’m the right fit–great — and if not, I’m happy to refer to others that you can trust to deliver for you.
AUDIENCE: BUSINESS EXECUTIVES; INDIVIDUALS; ORGANIZATIONS
This keynote pulls back the covers on a little talked about work phenomenon — for years, women and minorities have been made to feel invisible at work. Enough is enough. This keynote is built from my popular lecture, “Lessons from Being Invisible.”
In this talk, I take participants on a journey with me from climbing the corporate ladder, shattering the glass ceiling, and hitting a concrete wall and still succeeding, to overcoming cancer, becoming a recovering C-suite executive, changing my world and creating a life of purpose, passion and unapologetic authenticity. In sharing personal experiences and stories throughout my career and life, along with modern-day research, I provide the audience with a look at how people are made to feel invisible at work (and sometimes in life), the toll it takes on their psyche, and how they can turn the tables to achieve beyond what they think is possible.
This session shows you how, why, and the best way to chart a new path. With wit, humor, and seriousness, I share strategies to help you thrive.
I sometimes give this keynote in two sessions. The two-session framework speaks to men and women or managers and non-managers separately, each coming out of it empowered, energized, and equipped to make a change.
Key Focus: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Leadership; Personal Development
7 SECONDS OF COURAGE
AUDIENCE: EVERYONE NEEDING INSPIRATION TO BE THEIR BEST
You didn’t come this far to only come this far!
This keynote empowers, motivates, and inspires you to be the best director of your own life!
I believe you only need seven seconds of courage to change your life. Seven seconds is all you need to take a deep breath, make a decision, and take action. Whether you walk up to your boss and say “I’m done” or get on one knee and ask the person you love to marry you — whatever you need to live the life you want. The life you deserve. Just 7 Seconds. And One. Deep. Breath.
It’s choice, not chance that changes your life.
What choices are you ready to make? How will you use your 7 Seconds of Courage?
Key Focus: Resilience, Change, Transformation
THE BLACK EXPERIENCE
AUDIENCE: BUSINESS, ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNITY LEADERS
It is clear that there is a racial 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.
In this thought-provoking, and sometimes raw session, I take the audience through the lived experience as a black girl in America and a black woman in Corporate America who has succeeded in spite of it all. Having lived the “first Black woman to” many times over, I share my stories with the audience and the uncensored truth about racism and bias at work, why most diversity and inclusion programs don’t work and how to put your company on a path of racial justice, equity, inclusion and belonging.