The Girls’ Lounge – Hall 9

THE GIRLS’ LOUNGE is a one-of-a-kind destination for women to connect, collaborate and empower each other. It is an environment that fosters new ideas and sparks action around diversity and leadership while creating a new culture for tomorrow’s leaders. We believe the more we advocate for one another and embrace what makes women different – the better business and life will become.

SHELLEY ZALIS – Founder and CEO, The Girls’ Lounge

Shelley has gone against the grain most of her career, starting in 2000 when she left the corporate world to pioneer online research. Shelley created OTX (Online Testing Exchange), which in just nine years became one of the largest and fastest growing research companies in the world. She sold OTX to Ipsos in 2010, where she led global innovation in over 80 countries.

As the first female chief executive ranked in the research industry’s top 25, she changed the game, brought emotion and passion to the boardroom and has devoted herself to becoming a mentor and friend to women and leaders in her industry. Her most recent endeavor includes launching The Girls’ Lounge which supports and mentors women to find their voice, embrace their feminine leadership powers and work together to transform corporate culture for this and future generations of women. Shelley will also be the host of a new Bloomberg series titled “Walk The Talk” focused on gender equality and the critical importance of women in executive leadership.

Shelley is destined to innovate and create meaningful change. She is a board member of AWNY, I Am That Girl, Dress for Success and the Women’s Military Symposium. Shelley has been awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Global Marketing Leadership Award, ARF Great Minds in Innovation Award and AWNY’s Game Changer Award. Shelley has also been inducted into the IRTS Hall of Mentorship and has been honored by girls inc. for her achievements as a business leader. A pioneer, a wife and a mother of three, she successfully juggles between CEO and Mom.

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