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 and was named by The Huffington Post as one of the top 2 inspiring books for women leaders. 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

Negotiate Like a Boss
For early + mid career women
Gone are the days when negotiating was only for a performance review, job interview or the big pitch. Professional women negotiate all day every day—for better project deadlines, to resolve a standstill within a team—even to take their PTO. How can you make the most of these conversations—regardless of whether it’s with a direct report, boss, peer or customer? Leveraging tips from her award-winning book, PUSHBACK: How Smart Women Ask–and Stand Up–for What They Want, Selena Rezvani teaches you how to prepare for these daily negotiations, flex your style based on the topic or person with whom you are negotiating, manage tradeoffs, and get the “Yes” answer you need.

The Art of Pushing Back: Stand Up For Yourself Successfully
For early + mid career women
We all know it’s important to speak up when we’re being challenged to our face. But what about all the informal opportunities to self-advocate that crop up on a daily basis? In this session, Selena Rezvani, author of PUSHBACK: How Smart Women Ask–and Stand Up–for What They Want, will teach you how to amplify your voice at work by preparing ideas that are promotable, recognizing opportunities to back yourself, navigating tough conversations with ease and employing a resilience mindset.

The New Rules of Teamwork
For early + mid career women
84% of employees are matrixed to some extent today-meaning they work on multiple teams daily. How can you distinguish your performance as a teammate, particularly when technical teams quickly form and disband? Learn 5 techniques for standing out as a “teaming rock star”-including how to set the example, leverage the “magic ratio,” and identify the operating mode of your colleagues. Demonstrate both your character and competence, and harness the collective intelligence of groups.

Note: Selena can work with you to integrate a trend or element that’s important to you into the above sessions. As examples, for past clients, she has included elements of change leadership, corporate inclusion, risk-taking or communication specifically needed in the c-suite.




“Selena brings so much passion and energy when speaking. She had the audience on the edge of their seats.” —TEDx Organizer

Your presentation was so inspiring and left us all feeling energized and motivated!” —Harvard Business School, Executive Education

“Wow! The response to your webinar with us has been GREAT! So many women have reached out with their thank you’s and stating that your training was exactly what they needed. Great job, Selena!” —GoDaddy

“Selena’s presence is magnetic. She carries a crowd with insight and experience that professional women really gain from.” —The Interpublic Group of companies (IPG)

“Selena’s session on self-advocacy and negotiation was powerful. She has great energy and was a pleasure to work with; I would recommend her as a keynote speaker or facilitator for anyone interested in communication and leadership training for women.” —Columbia University

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

“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


Interrupting Gender Bias Through Meeting Culture


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

Recent & Upcoming Engagements


April 10, 2018 – GoDaddy – Webinar: The Art of the Ask

April 17, 2018 – Emerging Women Leaders Webinar Series – Webinar: 8 Ways to Transform from a Manager into a Leader

May 3, 2018 – Microsoft – Redmond, WA – Workshop: The Art of the Ask

June 19, 2018 – Emerging Women Leaders Webinar Series – Webinar: The F Word: Failure

July 12, 2018 – IPG – Detroit, MI – Presentation: The Art of the Ask – Negotiating Like A Boss 

July 16, 2018 – Barnard College – New York, NY – Presentation: Self Advocacy

August 2, 2018 – IPG – Dallas, TX – Presentation: The Art of the Ask – Negotiating Like A Boss 

August 16, 2018 – Network of Executive Women – Webinar: The New Rules of Teamwork

August 22, 2018 – Financial Engines – Phoenix, AZ – Presentation: The Art of Pushing Back: Advocate for Yourself Successfully

August 24, 2018 – Össur – Phoenix, AZ – Keynote Speaker: The Art of the Ask

September 6, 2018 – AstraZeneca/MedImmune Women’s Summit – Phoenix, AZ – Keynote Speaker: The Art of the Ask

September 26, 2018 – Grace Hopper Celebration – Houston, TX – Workshop: Reimagine Your Brand, Then Advocate It Into Reality

October 11, 2018 – Network of Executive Women – Panel Facilitator:  Millennial Women as Leaders

October 12, 2018 – PA Conference for Women – Expert Panel: Negotiation

October 16, 2018 – IWLC Conference – Dubuque, IA – Keynote: The Art of The Ask,  Panel: Men, Women, and the Readiness to Stretch

October 18, 2018 – Society of Women Engineers – Senior Women’s Lunch: Fearless Change: Leading Others Through Transitions

October 19, 2018 – Society of Women Engineers – Mega Session: The New Rules of Teamwork

October 30, 2018 – Emerging Women Leaders Webinar: The Art of the Ask

November 9, 2018 – TX Conference for Women – Expert Panel: Negotiation

December 4, 2018 – TEDxHartford – Hartford, CT – Keynote: 5 Steps to Better Meeting Culture in the Era of #MeToo

December 6, 2018 – MA Conference for Women – Expert Panel: Negotiation

February 15, 2019 – Microsoft Women in Gaming – Workshop

February 21, 2019 – Bryn Mawr College – Workshop

February 28, 2019 – Bryn Mawr College – Workshop

April 12, 2019 – Society of Women Engineers – Webinar

May 3-4, 2019 – Women of the American Academy of Neurology – Keynotes

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