Rebecca Shambaugh

A nationally known leadership strategist, Rebecca has over 20 years of experience helping organizations and executives respond to critical leadership challenges and opportunities in today’s business environment. Rebecca founded Women In Leadership and Learning (WILL), the first executive leadership development program in the country, dedicated to the research, advancement, and retention of women leaders and executives. Her WILL programs have become an integral part of the advancement strategies of women leaders.


Throughout her career, Rebecca has coached and worked with top senior executives on timely leadership areas such as crisis and change management, communications strategies, executive presence, culture transformation, and human capital development. Prior to starting her own company, she worked for such premier organizations as General Motors, Fairchild Industries, and Amax Inc. as a senior executive in the leadership and human resources arena.


Rebecca’s unique approach to leadership development was showcased on National Public Radio and on a two-hour telecast on PBS to over 20,000 executives around the United States. She has been featured in publications such as: Leader to Leader, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, USA Today, Washington Business Journal, Fortune Magazine, Fast Company, U.S. News & World Report, Pink Magazine, American Executive Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Management Association, Computer World and Professional Woman’s Magazine.


Rebecca is a known thought leader in the industry and is the author of two books titled, “Leadership Secrets of Hillary Clinton” and “It’s Not A Glass Ceiling, It’s A Sticky Floor,” both published by McGraw-Hill. Her books illustrate her unconventional and results-focused approach to creating great leaders. They draw upon SHAMBAUGH’s experience coaching and developing hundreds of executives/leaders, speaking at thousands of engagements, and attending many educational events around the nation and abroad over the past 16 years.


Rebecca partners with a cross-section of clients such as: Accenture, Marriott International, IBM, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Capital One, Cisco, Department of Interior, Ernst and Young, Fannie Mae, Fidelity, Freddie Mac, IBM, Intelsat, MedImmune, Microsoft, MTV Networks, Patton Boggs, Northrop Grumman, Pfizer Corporation, SAIC, Sallie Mae, USA Today, Washington Gas, and Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority. She is a member of the National Press Club and currently serves on the Boards of Visitors for both Marymount University and George Mason University. She has served in prior Chairperson roles for the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Human Resource Advisory Board and the Board of Trade’s Leadership and Retention Board.


Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Relations from Purdue University and a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Development from Marymount University.