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Charlene Wheeless

Communications Leader & Author

Communications Leader & Author

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D.C., DC, USA
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Charlene Wheeless Biography

Charlene Wheeless is a multi-faceted powerhouse in the business world. With over 30 years of experience in leadership, communications, and operations, she has established herself as a sought-after keynote speaker, author, and leadership coach/advisor. At Charlene Wheeless LLC, she empowers executives and teams to inspire breakthrough performance and transform workplace culture. As a senior advisor for equity and justice at APCO Worldwide, she helps C-suite leaders and companies turn DE&I intentions into impact.

Before starting her firm, Wheeless served as the principal VP of Corporate Affairs at Bechtel Corporation, responsible for internal and external communications, reputation management, and sustainability. She provided executive counsel to business unit leaders and the C-suite, including the chairman, and was a board member of several organizations within the company.

Wheeless's experience at multinational companies like Raytheon, CGI, and DynCorp, where she handled global communications and issues management, has provided her with a unique perspective on nurturing and developing minority talent in the workplace. She is a prominent voice on equity and justice, appearing in Forbes, Business Insider, and Chief Executive magazine, among others. She is the immediate past chairman of the Page Society, the world's leading professional association for senior PR and communications executives.

In 2021, Wheeless was chosen as a member of Marshall Goldsmith's 100 Coaches community, a collection of top executive coaches and leadership thinkers. Also that year, her debut book, "You Are Enough! Reclaiming Your Career and Life with Purpose, Passion and Unapologetic Authenticity," was a bestseller and won two independent book awards for best non-fiction and inspirational books of 2021.

Wheeless is a certified leadership coach and a member of the National Speakers Association. She holds a BA in Journalism/PR, an MA in Public Communications, and an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing. She is dedicated to her community, serving on the boards of several organizations and previously serving as the chairman of the HCA Virginia-Reston Hospital.

Charlene Wheeless Speaking Topics

  • Empowerment, DE&I, Overcoming Adversity, Communications, Living with Cancer, Climbing the Corporate Ladder as a Black Woman

Charlene Wheeless Videos

  • Charlene Wheeless | Speaker Reel 2023
    Say goodbye to mundane events and hello to inspiration, empowerment, and motivation. My keynotes ignite a spark in attendees, unleashing their...
  • Charlene Wheeless - Speaker Demo Reel
    It's Choice Not Chance That Changes Your Life, Your Leadership, Your Business --everything! So choose before chance takes over. I did and this...
  • NCLS 2022: Charlene Wheeless Lecture - YouTube
    Charlene Wheeless shares her journey as a black female businesswoman, advisor and leader during the National Character and Leadership ...

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  • Where does Charlene Wheeless travel from?

    Charlene Wheeless generally travels from D.C., DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. For more details, please contact an AAE Booking agent.
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Charlene Wheeless is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Empowerment, DE&I, Overcoming Adversity, Communications, Living with Cancer, Climbing the Corporate Ladder as a Black Woman. The estimated speaking fee range to book Charlene Wheeless for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Charlene Wheeless generally travels from D.C., DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kristie Kennedy, Deanna Singh, Rachel DeAlto, Carin Taylor and Minyon Moore. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Charlene Wheeless for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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