Meet Dr. Sheila Robinson

Founder and Publisher, Diversity Woman Media

Diversity Woman Media is recognized as a leading, multi-platform professional and executive leadership development enterprise that advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion. As Publisher and CEO, Dr. Sheila A. Robinson has an established portfolio of national, professional-based publications, conferences and workshops designed to fully engage and cultivate the progressive mobility of women and minority professionals, executives and entrepreneurs of diverse races, cultures and backgrounds.

The portfolio consists of Diversity Woman Magazine, Inclusion Magazine, Diversity Woman Digital, the National Diversity Women’s Business Leadership Conference in Maryland, the Business Leaders Women in Tech Conference in California, the Inclusion Innovation Leadership Summit in California, the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Conference in Missouri, along with I Am A Leader non-profit leadership development program.

As a former Marketing Director with the textiles division of global chemical giant DuPont, Sheila traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad tracking apparel trends displayed at industry events including Essence magazine’s annual “Essence Award Show”, GQ magazine’s “Men of the Year Award”, and New York’s “7th on Sixth” fashion shows.

Being an African-American businesswoman Sheila was no stranger to adversity. After achieving early success at DuPont for 14 years, the division was sold. Sheila ultimately resigned from the company and became committed to her long awaited dream of launching a regional business resource publication for professional women seeking career and educational advancement opportunities named North Carolina Career Network Magazine in 2005. Due to its favorable response and overwhelming demand, the magazine expanded nationally in April of 2008 and was rebranded as Diversity Woman Magazine.

Now celebrating 15 years of leadership empowerment, Diversity Woman Media represents the emerging cultural evolution among corporations globally who are pioneering innovative strategies and best practices. Supporting Fortune 100 affiliate partners include Dell, Cisco, Target, Toyota, Twitter, AARP, Cigna, Food Lion, JP Morgan Chase & Co., McDonalds, MITRE, Nielsen, Cerner, Sodexo, Walt Disney Co., Intel, Barclays, Federal Reserve, Walgreens, Edward Jones, etc.

Sheila has been featured on the cover of Publishing Executive Magazine and saluted  as one of the “50 Top Women in Magazine Publishing” for the significant contribution she has made in the industry. She was honored with the “MEAC Image Award” (2009) as a positive role model for young women, the “Minority Business Person of the Year” by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce (2011), the “Top 100 Leaders” by Diversity MBA Magazine (2012), the “Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award” (2016), the “National Association of Female Executives Entrepreneur Award (2017), the “Global Leaders Hall of Fame Award” (2018), the Women Who Lead By Example “Diversity Leadership Award” by Career Mastered Magazine (2020) and the “Make Your Mark” Award from Watermark (2020).

She is actively involved with some of the most powerful organizations, associations, and corporations in diversity serving as an Advisory Board Member for Paradigm for Parity, Strategic Business Partner for the Executive Leadership Council, Chair of the Diversity for Women’s Business Collaborative (WBC), Council Member for Twitter’s Inclusion Diversity Council (ICD), and Board Member for the Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership Board.

Sheila is a graduate of Leadership Greensboro (2006), and Leadership North Carolina (2007) and holds certificates from Stanford University’s Professional Publishing Program (2007) and Wharton’s School of Business Chief Learning Officer Program (2013), Cornell University’s Diversity and Inclusion Certification (2019) and in 2017 Sheila became a Certified Executive Coach.

Sheila obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-Law at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. She received Beta Gamma Sigma honors in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Masters Program at Western Carolina University, and was selected as the “Most Outstanding Student” by the College of Business faculty. She has a Masters of Education and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania

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Author of Lead by Example

Lead by Example Book CoverSheila is also the author of Lead By Example, a guide to leadership for today’s businesswomen—corporate professionals and entrepreneurs. In it you’ll hear from Dr. Sheila Robinson and other top women leaders on topics that are relevant to your career and life challenges. Using their experiences as a backdrop, these enterprising women discuss everything from managing with power to the importance of time alone, from hiring the right employees to overcoming obstacles at work. You’ll be inspired and enlightened by their stories, and will feel empowered as you reach for the stars in your career.

Find Lead by Example on Amazon.

Hear Sheila discuss her book on Purse Strings Radio.

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