SHRM’s Shirley Davis Named to ‘100 Top Executives in America’ List

Feb 25, 2011
Shirley A. Davis, Ph.D.

Alexandria, Va. – UPTOWN Professional magazine has named Shirley A. Davis, Ph.D., director of diversity and inclusion initiatives at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), to its list of "100 Top Executives in America."

The "100 Top Executives in America" list launched in UPTOWN Professional’s inaugural issue, published in January 2011, and recognizes leaders for innovation, organizational impact and commitment to diversity and inclusion. The magazine, published by Uptown Media Group, is a quarterly business-community publication, focusing on employees from diverse backgrounds.

“The honorees represent some of the world’s most admired companies and organizations,” said UPTOWN Professional Publisher Robert Ingram in the publisher’s message of the issue. “It should be noted that a shared trait of our leaders are core values, like authentic leadership, giving back, bringing new blood into the company and helping them advance up the ladder, along with an active and open-style participation in the community.”

In her role at SHRM, Davis leads diversity and inclusion thought leadership and creates diversity strategies for the human resource and business communities. She is a popular speaker and leads SHRM diversity-related programming, including SHRM’s annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference and Exposition and highly rated diversity courses and corporate training programs.

I feel truly blessed to be named among my most esteemed colleagues as one of 100 top executives in America,” Davis said. “Nearly six years ago, SHRM was not a major player in this space, but made a renewed commitment to advance the diversity and inclusion field by providing leading-edge thought leadership and innovative resources and solutions. Today, SHRM is a recognized leader and go-to organization for HR and diversity professionals around the world. I am very pleased to be leading the charge for SHRM and leaving such a legacy for the profession.”

Davis has more than 15 years of experience in human resources and diversity, including leadership positions at Fortune 500 and 100 companies such as Capital One, Circuit City and Bank of America. She holds a bachelor’s degree in pre-law from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in human resource management from Central Michigan University, and a doctorate degree in business and organization management from Capella University.


About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at Follow us on Twitter at: SHRMPress.


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