Shelley Zalis

CEO, The Female Quotient and Founder, The Girls’ Lounge

Shelley has gone against the grain most of her career, starting in 2000 when she
left the corporate world to pioneer online research. Shelley created OTX (Online
Testing Exchange), which in just nine years became one of the largest and fastest
growing research companies in the world. She sold OTX to Ipsos in 2010, where
she led global innovation in over 80 countries.

As the first female chief executive ranked in the research industry’s top 25, she
changed the game, brought emotion and passion to the boardroom and has
devoted herself to becoming a mentor and friend to women and leaders in her
industry. Her most recent endeavor includes launching The Female Quotient and
Girls’ Lounge which supports and mentors women to find their voice, embrace
their feminine leadership powers and work together to transform corporate
culture. Shelley is also the host of a new Bloomberg series titled “Walk The Talk”
focused on gender equality and the critical importance of women in executive

Shelley is destined to innovate and create meaningful change. She is the Co-
Founder of the ANA’s AFE #SeeHer initiative and a board member of She Runs It
(Formerly AWNY), I Am That Girl, Dress for Success, The Women Economic Forum,
ColorComm, The Foundation for Exxcellence in Women’s Health and the
Women’s Military Symposium. Shelley has been awarded the Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur of the Year award, Global Marketing Leadership Award, ARF Great
Minds in Innovation Award and AWNY’s Game Changer Award. Shelley has also
been inducted into the IRTS Hall of Mentorship and has been honored by girls inc.
for her achievements as a business leader. A pioneer, a wife and a mother of
three, she successfully juggles between CEO and Mom.