Shelley Thompkins


Shelley Thompkins is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in market-leading organizations and Fortune 500 corporations. She is an American who has global experience in various countries either through visitation or work assignment including: China, India, Nepal, Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Kenya, Egypt, and throughout the Caribbean. She has spoken on various topics including Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Development, Importance of a Growth Mindset, Agility, Resiliency and Grit, Team Effectiveness, Bridging the Generational Gap, Change Management, Strategic Thinking, Realizing Staff Potential and Unlocking Clinical Excellence. Shelley successfully developed and implemented leadership and talent development programs as well as led organizational effectiveness initiatives leveraging best practices across diverse industries. Her collaborative leadership style is used to build consensus to improve skills and knowledge which has led to improved employee performance and engagement, leadership effectiveness and improved organizational outcomes.

Current Role

Shelley works with global clients as a Leadership Solutions Partner at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) helping leaders become extraordinary performers, visionaries, collaborators as well as critical and strategic thinkers. Her focus is designing and delivering highly regarded leadership programs for managers and executives that escalate CCL’s brand of delivering Results That Matter. She facilitates a suite of highly-regarded programs across industries for open enrollment and customized client programs for leaders at various levels. Shelley also serves as a CCL feedback coach and Organization Workshop facilitator.

Educational Background

Shelley earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from Howard University, a Masters of Business Administration from American University and a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University. She began her doctoral journey at the University of Virginia and completed her PhD in Business Management at Capella University. She is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation. Shelley is certified in Emotional Intelligence, Strategic Planning, DISC, Workplace Big 5, FIRO-B®, FIRO-Business, 4MAT Master and 360 Assessment Suite.

Professional Affiliations

Shelley has presented at the Association for Talent Development, Winthrop University, Charlotte Corporate Women’s Network, Queens University Leadership Summit, the International Society for Performance Improvement, UNC Charlotte Leadership Summit, SHRM Luncheon Series and Central Church, to name a few. Her research in Emotional Intelligence resulted in a published study entitled, “A Leader’s Level of Emotional Intelligence and its Impact on Employee Engagement: A Case Study” published by ProQuest. She has also authored a chapter entitled, “Equipping Managers to Lead” in the book, “Coaching Perspectives VIII”. She is a member of the American Management Association and the Association of Talent Development. She hosts a YouTube cooking show – Chef Shelley Thompkins and has published a companion cookbook on entitled, “Simple, Delicious and Healthier Recipes for People on the Go”.

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