Longer Keynotes, Speeches and Presentations 

"Leadership Lessons from Some Unlikely Sources”
From Aesop’s fables to the latest leadership guru’s advice, Raines asks some potent questions, tells some humorous stories, and analyzes some leadership lessons while inviting the audience to help solve the leadership dilemmas.

“Inspired Leadership NOW and Leaving a Leadership Legacy”
How to create more vibrate state affiliates for a professional association and to identify, shepherd, and engage emerging leaders. Delivered as preconference for the Southern Early Childhood Association, Executive Board and Board of Directors. 

​“Beyond Ideas to Action”
From a perpetual list of good ideas to selecting what we will do and committing to action plan for the organization.

​Delivered to a community college foundation and a non-profit organization.

Leadership Development Keynote Training


Recruiting, Selecting and Mentoring  a Dynamic Leadership Team

When they said, 'It can't be done, our team did it!' Accept the Difficult Challenge, Manage the Project and Get Results.


In the area of leadership development, Dr. Raines uses experiences from throughout her career and knowledge from research and professional practice to inform her speaking, consulting and training. Dr. Raines served as President of the University of Memphis for 12 years. The examples below are a few of her appearances.


Shirley Raines’ presentation “From Pink Purse to Briefcase” is a chronology of advancement and success for all aspiring female leaders.  Her presentation is motivational, informative, inspirational and relatable. She takes speaking to another level, while appealing to women who have reached the height of their professional careers as well as those who are newly-minted in their professions.  

- Karen Weddle-West, Provost, University of Memphis


White House Invitation - University Presidents and Chancellors - Roles in Tech Transfer of Research

For five years, Harvard Seminar for New Presidents and Chancellors - Balancing Life and Work Demands While Living in the Public Eye

From Pink Purse to Briefcase - Women Leaders' Keys to Success

Speaker, Consultant and Author