Episode 47. Shellye Archambeau – Black Voices

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Shellye Archambeau: Fortune 500 board member, Former CEO of MetricStream, Advisor and Author, Ms. Archambeau is an experienced CEO and Board Director with a track record of accomplishments building brands, high performance teams, and organizations. Ms. Archambeau currently serves on the boards of Verizon [NYSE:VZ], Nordstrom [NYSE: JWN], Roper Technologies [NYSE: ROP], and Okta [NASDAQ: OKTA]. She is also a strategic advisor to Forbes Ignite and to the President of Arizona State University, and serves on the boards of two national nonprofits, Catalyst and Braven.

She is the former CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based, governance, risk, and compliance software company that enables corporations to improve their business operations through better risk management across the enterprise. Ms. Archambeau built the company into a global market leader with over 1200 employees serving customers around the world. Under her leadership MetricStream was recognized for growth and innovation over the years and was named in the top 10 of the “Deloitte Technology Fast 50” and named a global leader in GRC by leading independent analyst firms for 9 consecutive years.

Ms. Archambeau has over 30 years of experience in technology leading organizations focused on business to business as well as business to consumer. She is a recognized expert in marketing and co-authored, “Marketing That Works: How Entrepreneurial Marketing Can Add Sustainable Profits to Any Sized Company.” She has held EVP of Sales and Chief Marketing Officer roles for two public companies and as President of Blockbuster.com, launched the entertainment retailer’s first online presence.

She was named the second most influential African American in IT by Business Insider. She was ranked one of the “100 Most Influential Business Leaders in America” by Newsmax and that same year received the NCWIT Symons Innovator Award from The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).

She is the author of Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success on Your Own Terms (Published by HBG Grand Central 10/2020). A book that helps professionals achieve their aspirations and create the life they want. https://shellyearchambeau.com/books 

Shellye is also a sought-after speaker on governance, risk and compliance as well as marketing and entrepreneurship. She has guest lectured at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and The Wharton School of Business. She is a Forbes contributor and has been featured or referenced in major publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Financial Times.

In her spare time Shellye enjoys exercising, the performing arts, entertaining and cooking.

Favorite Quote: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” — Shirley Chisholm 

Quote from Interview: “I just didn’t feel I was truly going to have the opportunity to compete for a CEO spot at IBM. So that’s why I moved my whole family from Tokyo to Dallas, Texas for this new Blockbuster job. And you have to remember, Blockbuster back then was a behemoth. There was a Blockbuster on every single corner… I’m going to build the whole .com internet business for Blockbuster, right? Terrific. And then, Reed Hastings and I meet… Let’s take Blockbuster, the brand, Netflix, the technology, put them together and go conquer the world. And my boss says, ‘No.'” 


Here are some fantastic Black-owned businesses to consider that the R.O.G. Team recommends.

McBride Sisters Collection The Largest Black-Owned, Women-Owned Wine Company In The US
Glow Global Events Virtual events, Hotel  + Travel management, Live events 
Propellant Media LLC Digital marketing and media solutions provider
TKT Provides HR services to companies with a focus on diversity and inclusion, talent fulfillment, workforce management, managed services, and spend management
Lease Query Accounting software for accountants and financial professionals
Impyrian IT, Cyber Security, AV Teleconferencing, Engineering 
Shine Self-care app for people with anxiety and depression

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