Chuck Shelton is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Greatheart Consulting in Seattle. For more than 25 years, he has honed a unique expertise in engaging and equipping white male leaders and their diverse colleagues to grow their business through global diversity and inclusion (D&I). This specialty led to the publication of his groundbreaking book, Leadership 101 For White Men. He is the co-convenor, with Betsy Myers of the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University, of the Forum on Engaging Men, Advancing Women.
Mr. Shelton has developed inclusive leaders through global D&I projects on strategy, culture, engagement, talent, learning, and sales at Aetna, Alaska Airlines, Avon, Capgemini, Comcast, Key Bank, Liberty Mutual, Macy’s, Turner Construction, Safeco Insurance, Skanska Building USA, Travelers and more than sixty other organizations. He designed and directs the first and ongoing Study on White Men Leading Through Diversity & Inclusion. Corporate sponsors for the 2012 research included Alcoa, Bank of America, Exelon, Intel, Marsh & McLennan, PepsiCo, PwC, and Walmart Stores.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Shelton negotiated, designed and managed the first research project to benchmark 130 diversity practices in twenty leading firms in the technology industry, commissioned by Microsoft. In his first multicultural management job, he directed a social service agency for refugee resettlement across California, leading a team of thirty from five nations.
Mr. Shelton holds a master’s degree in ethics from an evangelical graduate school, Fuller Theological Seminary, and a bachelor’s degree in conflict studies from progressive Evergreen State College. He is certified to facilitate twelve leadership development programs.
As a diversity and inclusion expert, he has appeared on network television and talk radio, in national and local newspapers, and via webcasts, most recently with The Conference Board and Mercer diversity networks. Recent articles include “What About the White Guys?” in Diversity Executive, and “Trust-Powered Leadership” in Leadership Excellence. In the last year, his blogs have appeared in the Human Capital Exchange, MARC, the Diversity Journal, and Diversity Best Practices.
Recent speaking engagements include three Diversity Best Practices Member Conferences, the Northwest Diversity Learning Series, The Conference Board’s corporate D&I Conference (three times), the Multicultural Forum twice, two Macy’s divisions, Coca-Cola’s Diversity Speaker’s Series, and the Women’s Leadership Conferences with the Conference Board in New York and Calgary.
Since 1981, Mr. Shelton has spoken, consulted, coached, trained, researched, and written on leadership development and global diversity and inclusion internationally, through more than 320 presentations and projects.