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

Presently chairs the Distinguished Scientists Advisory Board for ORISE, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education


In the area of leadership development, Dr. Raines uses her "lived leadership" experiences, knowledge from research, and professional practice to inform her consulting. Dr. Raines served as President of the University of Memphis for 12 years. She is the first woman named to that post.

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Leadership Development Keynote Training

"Dr. Raines led a leadership development and training retreat for our foundation. Her ability to engage donors and guide us to a share vision made the event a success. She knows fundraising and has the enthusiasm and leadership training skills to work with groups."

Chris Whaley, Community College President


Shirley Raines’ leadership development speech, “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

Keynote Speaker, Author,
Leadership Development Consultant


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

Leadership training, Keynote speeches, consulting

Leadership Teams
“Recruiting, Selecting, and Mentoring a Dynamic Leadership Team" Consulting with Higher Education Leaders and Boards

​Motivated Volunteers

"Inspired Leadership NOW and Leaving a Leadership Legacy”
Consulting with Professional Associations

​Action Plans for Foundations and Non-Profits
“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.
Consulting with Foundations and Non-Profit Boards

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

Mentoring Programs
​"Mentoring Programs that Work: Devising the Best"
Consulting with Higher Education Colleges and Universities.