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Betsy Myers

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 book, Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You, which was released Fall 2011.


Center for Women & Business at Bentley University

In 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.


Entrepreneur

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.


Scholar

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.

 

Betsy resides in Boston, Massachusetts and can be reached through The Center for Women & Business at Bentley University or via the contact page on this website.

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Leadership Role in Obama Campaign

Betsy has deep experience in the corporate, political and higher education arenas. She served as a senior adviser to Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign. In January 2007, she took on the role of Obama’s Chief Operating Officer tasked with the challenge of building a $100,000,000 organization and established a business operational model and customer service mentality for the campaign.