Selena Rezvani on Creating Workplace Cultures that Work

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I love when PYP MVPs refer people to be guests on the show.

Today’s guest is one such referral, a terrific woman who comes to us via Jo Miller (PYP Episode #87). Selena Rezvani is strong, and tough, and suited up to face the biggest thrills and challenges life throws her way.

And to be clear: times are challenging. For women. For men. Selena isn’t afraid to talk about “big ideas” because talking is where change starts.

As a Vice President of Consulting and Research at Be Leaderly, a community of over 270,000 aspiring women leaders and their employers, Selena architects and oversees global consulting projects focused on creating workplace cultures that better attract, retain and develop women employees. She also leads the company’s Philadelphia-based research division, which focuses on uncovering pressing trends facing professional women and creating custom research for clients. Rezvani has led numerous workplace culture research campaigns and studies on women in the C-suite, millennials, managers and negotiating habits, which have been covered by international media.

Leadership skills and insights Selena shares on today’s show:

  • We’re at a tipping point in society with women and women’s voices — it’s up to leaders to tap into this exciting time
  • Ultimately, what’s happening isn’t a solely female issue or male issue — it’s a human issue and men need to be invited into the conversation to help find a solution
  • Avoiding each other isn’t going to get us any closer to finding feasible solutions
  • Mentors and sponsors are more important than ever for career advancement
  • Pretty soon it’s going to be us against the robots and technological intelligence

Known for her award-winning column for The Washington Post on women leaders, Selena has also written two acclaimed books, Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want (Jossey-Bass, 2012) and The Next Generation of Women Leaders (Praeger, 2009). Previously with Deloitte’s Greenhouse experience team and The Great Place to Work Institute (the company that produces Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work in America list), Selena Rezvani has assessed dozens of workplace cultures, helping companies pinpoint and address how they can be more inclusive and welcoming to workers.

She has been featured in the LA Times,,, Forbes, and dozens of other outlets. 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.

Check out Selena’s books on Amazon here:

Women Leaders

What Your Leadership Brand Is Probably Missing — and How to Fix It!

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