From Pink Purse to Briefcase – with objects from a pink purse as symbols of leadership and stories of an unlikely career path from preschool teacher to university president, Shirley leads the audience to answer ten questions for leaders.

Keynote chosen for numerous women’s groups, women’s history month celebrations, student associations, education and leadership retreats.


Speeches to Education Organizations at national, state and local levels for teachers, librarians, principals, superintendents and higher education. Non-profits, Leadership Councils and Associations, Women’s Economic Councils, Women’s Foundations and Chambers of Commerce.​


Dr. Raines lead a retreat for our foundation, and her ability to engage donors and guide us to a shared vision made the event a success. She knows fundraising and has the enthusiasm and leadership skills to work with groups.”

- Chris Whaley, President
Roane State Community College

Speaking and Consulting

Speaker, Consultant and Author


As a speaker, Dr. Raines has presented keynote addresses and conducted seminars and workshops in the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, England, Germany, Canada and Switzerland. Many teachers and librarians know her from the series of Story S-t-r-e-c-h-e-r-s books she wrote about integrating children’s literature for all the areas of the curriculum. Books are available from Gryphon House.

“Life Lessons from Children’s Literature” was a standing ovation speech to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Representatives from the US, UK, Canada and Australia.


"Life Story: From Preschool Teacher to University President”
Delivered for Induction into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame.

​“Dreamers, Thinkers, Doers”
More than a motto, the speech emphasizes successful people’s steps to make a difference. Speech is adaptable to highlight prominent leaders in a variety of fields.

Delivered to educators, Regional U.S. attorney’s staff, foundations, AAUW programs.

​“Three Keys to Professionalism”
Professionalism is represented by three sets of keys, an old brass skeleton key, a set of keys used every and a digital key. All the keys must be used to unlock the doors to success.

Delivered to NCAA Student-Athlete Conference, scholarship banquets, International Association of Laboratory Schools at the University of Chicago, Commencement Addresses for several colleges and universities.