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Betsy Myers

Betsy Myers

Center for Women and Business, Bentley University

Founding Director


Betsy Myers is the founding director of the Center for Women and Business. Prior to her appointment, Betsy was most recently speaking and leading corporate workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership and women's leadership, work that continues in her role with the center. Her new book -- Take the Lead - was released on September 2011.

Previously, Betsy was a senior adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign, as COO and as chair of Women for Obama. She traveled extensively in 2008, speaking to undecided voters, particularly on women's outreach. These efforts included a working partnership with the DNC's Women's Leadership Forum.

Prior to the campaign, Betsy served as executive director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where she focused the center's teaching and research around personal leadership and the fully integrated person.  She also increased the center's efforts around women and leadership while working closely with the Harvard's Women's Leadership Board.

During the Clinton Administration, Betsy was the president's senior adviser on women's issues. As deputy assistant to the president, she launched and was the first director of the White House Office for Women's Initiatives and Outreach. She played a critical role in Clinton's re-election effort in 1996 and figured prominently in shaping the administration's legislative agenda on a number of important issues, including many with significant impact for women.

Myers also served as the associate deputy administrator for Entrepreneurial Development in the U.S. Small Business Administration. In a previous post, Myers was the director of the Office of Women's Business Ownership at the SBA. Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, Myers spent six years building Myers Insurance and Financial Services, based in Los Angeles. She specialized in the small business and women's market providing insurance and retirement planning.

Betsy received her undergraduate Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of San Diego, and a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School, where she was a Public Service Fellow.