Selena Rezvani

Selena Rezvani is a recognized consultant, speaker and author on women and leadership. A seasoned human capital consultant with Big 4 experience, Selena uses workplace culture assessments to help corporate clients be more inclusive and welcoming to women. Selena is also a noted researcher, having developed groundbreaking studies on insights related to women in the c-suite, millennials, managers, and negotiating habits.

Selena is the author of two leadership books targeted at professional women. Her latest book, Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want (Jossey-Bass, 2012), focuses on the unmatched power of negotiation skills in women’s career advancement and was recognized with an Axiom Business Book Award in 2013. Her first book, The Next Generation of Women Leaders (Praeger, 2009), profiled 30 “c-level” women, each of whom provided tools and information for young women to shape their own careers. Selena has been featured in the LA Times,,, Forbes, and wrote an award-winning column on women for The Washington Post.

Selena is Be Leaderly’s Vice President of Consulting and Research. She holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and an MSW from NYU. She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband Geoff and her five year old boy/girl twins.

Speaking Topics

The Art of the Ask: Negotiating with Confidence
Whether negotiations are everyday matters, or a bigger, more structured deals, making the most of these conversations is imperative. Learn to identify your own default negotiating style, prep for a negotiation informationally and psychologically, maneuver through the negotiation with poise, and close the deal.

The New Rules of Teamwork
84% of employees are “matrixed” to some extent today – meaning they work on multiple teams daily. How can you distinguish your performance in teams that are rapidly forming and disbanding? Learn to identify the operating mode of your colleagues and to harness the collective intelligence of groups.

Developing NextGen Women Leaders – Millennials
Millennial women are the most educated, ambitious cohort of any before them. There’s only one problem: many millennial women give leadership roles a thumbs down. To engage this talent pipeline, leaders must understand millennial women’s distinct wants, motivations, and needs–some of which are surprising.


“Selena spoke for our Women’s History Month Event. She did a fabulous job and received rave reviews.” —Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company

“Selena is extremely knowledgeable, passionate about her work, inspirational and is one of the best presenters I have ever seen.” Countless women at the firm said Selena’s workshop was the best one they ever attended across our industry.” —ITG Inc.

“Selena’s presentation at our annual Women’s Initiative meeting was the most-well received we have ever had, which is quite an accolade.” —Duane Morris

“The content Selena provided was practical and most of all actionable. It was no wonder that at the conclusion of her remarks people were clamoring to buy her book.” —The Philadelphia Business Journal

“Selena’s presentation that left a lasting impression and sparked thoughtful discussion among us afterwards. I highly recommend her for any speaking engagement!” —L.E.K. Consulting

“Selena presented a webinar for PBWC and the feedback was fantastic. Attendees though the topic relevant and the presentation inspiring.” —Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC)


Selena’s presentations have made a difference at:

•American Bankers Association
•Duane Morris
•Duke University
•Institute for Career Advancement Needs (ICAN)
•Johnson & Johnson
•Kurt Salmon
•LEK Consulting
•Pennsylvania Conference for Women
•Procter & Gamble
•Texas Woman’s University
•US Department of Treasury


LinkedIn Speaker Series

PUSHBACK: How Smart Women Ask & Stand Up For What They Want


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