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Charlene Wheeless    

Communications Leader & Author

Charlene Wheeless is a renowned communications visionary, author, and speaker with more than three decades of experience in business, corporate affairs, and communications experience. She leads her namesake communications and business advisory firm, Charlene Wheeless LLC, and she is the senior advisor for equity and justice at APCO Worldwide, a global advisory and advocacy communications consultancy.

A renowned powerhouse in business and life, Charlene has lived the experience of being a Black female executive at several leading global companies. The accumulation of her experiences has positioned her as a cornerstone in driving anti-racist practices, inclusivity, diversity, and belonging in corporate environments.

After being sidelined by a three-year battle with cancer, Charlene now focus her efforts on inspiring and motivating individuals to unleash their power, reclaim their career and life with purpose, passion and unapologetic authenticity. In short, she helps people tap into their superpower and THRIVE!

Speech Topics


Empowerment, DE&I, Overcoming Adversity, Communications, Living with Cancer, Climbing the Corporate Ladder as a Black Woman

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