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Betsy Myers

Betsy Myers

Betsy Myers is currently speaking and leading workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership. In addition, she is currently working to finalize her book, “Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You,” which is expected to be released September 2011. In May 2011, Myers was appointed founding director of the Center for Women & Business at Bentley University, an effort focused on educating students about their leadership potential while conducting research about how and why companies should promote and retain women.

With deep experience in the corporate, political and higher education arena, Myers served as a senior adviser to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Myers also represented the campaign as a senior adviser and as chair of Women for Obama. Prior to this appointment, Myers was the executive director of the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

As a senior official in the Clinton administration, Myers 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. Myers also served as the associate deputy administrator for entrepreneurial development in the U.S. Small Business Administration. In a previous post, Myers was the director of the Office of Women’s Business Ownership at the SBA. Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, Myers spent six years building Myers Insurance and Financial Services based in Los Angeles.

A public service fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School, she graduated with a M.P.A. in 2000, then served as the school’s director of alumni programs and external relations before directing the Center for Public Leadership.