Betsy Myers

Betsy Myers served as the Chief Operations Officer, a senior adviser and the National Womens Chair for Obama for America, Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign.  Prior to this appointment, Myers was the Executive Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She was the first Director of the White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach as Deputy Assistant to President Clinton, the President’s senior adviser on women’s issues.  Betsy Myers is currently speaking and leading workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership. In addition, she is on a nationwide tour speaking about her new book, Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You, which was released Fall 2011.


Leadership Creates a Feeling

Research and statistics indicate that as many as one in two American workers feel disconnected in their workplace. This accounts for $350 billion of lost productivity each year. At the same time, American companies spend millions a year on leadership development programs. Betsy challenges us by asking, “Are we teaching the right practices to our future leaders?” Her book, Take the Lead (released in the Fall 2011), describes an often counterintuitive view of leadership. When people “feel” valued, supported, appreciated, included, and understood, they are inspired to do their best work. The job of any leader is to bring out the productive feelings of their people. Betsy describes seven principles that serve as a road map for any leader who aspires to bring out the best in their people. This is not just the right thing to do, but is a proven strategy to profitability and success.

Authentic Leadership and the Leader in You

The leader in each of us is realized the moment we say, “This is the real me.” What is the pearl that each of us is adding to the world and how do we identify that special quality? During the past 50 years, leadership scholars have conducted more than 1,000 studies to determine definitive styles, characteristics, or personality traits of the ideal leader. None have produced a clear profile or consistent skills, traits, or styles that led to success, rather; leadership emerged from our life stories. Authenticity is an understanding of our personal story and what gives us meaning in our lives. We trust leaders who are authentic and not trying to be someone else. In this session, Betsy will take listeners through the journey of authentic leadership, what it looks like for each of us, and how we can help others around us live their most authentic life.

Women and Leadership

In this provocative presentation, Betsy discusses important research and thinking around women in leadership. She explores the history of the movement for equality and shares insights gleaned from her work with Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, and Bella Abzug. Tracing her own career path from the work she is currently doing at the Center for Women & Business at Bentley University to her roles in the Clinton Administration, the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership, and the Obama Presidential Campaign, Betsy brings perspective from her experiences as a successful female leader. She helps audiences understand what it will take to continue closing the confidence gap, how to confront the balance question, (“Is it really possible?”), the different leadership styles of men and women, and leadership necessary for the next generation of women.

Center for Women & Business at Bentley University

Bentley UniversityIn May 2011, Betsy was appointed Founding Director of the Center for Women & Business at Bentley University.  The Center is a repository of best practices for corporate America to recruit and retain women leaders. Betsy will work to build relationships with corporations and share information about putting these practices into place. Visit the Center for Women and Business website for more details on Betsy’s work at Bentley.

Leadership Education at the Kennedy School

Harvard Kennedy SchoolIn 2003, Betsy served as Executive Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. During her tenure, Betsy focused the Center’s teaching and research around authentic inner leadership. The results and impact were immediate and staggering. A strategic educational partnership between Harvard and The Hoffman Institute was developed which continues today. She also increased the Center’s efforts around women and leadership while working closely with the Harvard’s Women’s Leadership Board (2000-2007).

Advocate for Women & Small Business Leaders

Betsy and President ClintonAs senior official in the Clinton Administration, she was the President’s senior adviser on women’s issues. As Deputy Assistant to the President, she launched and was the first Director of the White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. She played a critical role in Clinton’s re-election effort in 1996 and figured prominently in shaping the Administration’s legislative agenda on issues such as domestic violence, reproductive choice, breast cancer and women in business.

Betsy also served as the Associate Deputy Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development in the U.S. Small Business Administration. She implemented the SBA’s national requirements under President Clinton’s Welfare to Work Initiative and was responsible for the agency’s technical assistance, management, and distance learning programs. In a previous post, she served as the Director of the Office of Women’s Business Ownership at the SBA where she was an advocate for the 7.8 million women entrepreneurs in our country.   Currently, Betsy serves on the Council of National Advisors of Springboard Enterprises, a national not-for-profit organization that educates, coaches and supports high growth women-led businesses that are seeking venture capital for expansion.


Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, Myers spent six years building Myers Insurance & Financial Services based in Los Angeles. She specialized in the small business and the women’s market providing insurance and retirement planning.


A Public Service Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School, Betsy graduated with a Masters in Public Administration, and then served as the School’s Director of Alumni Programs & External Relations before her role at the Center for Public Leadership.

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Ms. Myers’ Keynote fee is in the $3k-$10k range.

Southwest Airlines

Hattie Hill Enterprises

Pierre & Associates, Inc.

Circle & Square/Taiwan

“If you want someone to motivate you, to teach you how to move a project from A to B, to help you understand how to get a job done, done right and done on time, there’s no one better than Betsy Myers. I’ve seen first hand what she can do and its always first rate.”
Erskine Bowles
Former White House Chief of Staff & Senior Adviser to President Bill Clinton

“Betsy Myers — with her intellect, power and presence — is able to connect with an audience in a way that is intimate and personal allowing each participant to feel empowered.”
Linda Clemons
CEO, Sisterpreneur, Inc.

“In an engaging and entertaining style, Betsy shares her insights about how women can be more effective leaders. She applies real-life experiences from her interactions with and observations of individuals at the top echelons of power in a way that is transferable to women at all stages of their career.”
Elizabeth L. Travis

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