Thompkins, Shelley

Adjunct Professor
John Wesley School of Leadership
PhD in Business Management, Capella University 2015
MTS in Theological Studies, Emory University 1998
MBA, American University 1990
BA, Howard University 1986


Dr. Shelley Thompkins is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in market-leading organizations and Fortune 500 corporations including TIAA, Wells Fargo, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, University of Virginia and Coca-Cola.  She has global experience in various countries and has spoken on topics including Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Development, Importance of a Growth Mindset, Agility, Resiliency and Grit, Team Effectiveness, Bridging the Generational Gap, Change Management and Strategic Thinking. Her collaborative leadership style is used to build consensus to improve skills and knowledge which has led to improved employee performance and engagement, leadership effectiveness and improved organizational outcomes.

In her current role, Dr. Thompkins works with global clients as a Leadership Solutions Partner at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) helping leaders become extraordinary performers, visionaries, collaborators as well as critical and strategic thinkers.  Her focus is designing and delivering highly regarded leadership programs for managers and executives that escalate CCL’s brand of delivering Results That Matter

Dr. Thompkins earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from Howard University, a Masters of Business Administration from American University and a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University. She began her doctoral journey at the University of Virginia and completed her PhD in Business Management at Capella University. Her research on Emotional Intelligence resulted in a published study entitled, “A Leader’s Level of Emotional Intelligence and its Impact on Employee Engagement: A Case Study” published by ProQuest. She has also authored a chapter entitled, “Equipping Managers to Lead” in the book, “Coaching Perspectives VIII”.  She is a member of the American Management Association and the Association of Talent Development.

She is married to the love of her life, Kurtis and have two adult daughters, Aja and Lauren. For fun, she loves to travel and cook.  She hosts a YouTube cooking show - Chef Shelley Thompkins and has published a companion cookbook on entitled, “Simple, Delicious and Healthier Recipes for People on the Go”.

Most importantly, she is a Believer and loves the Lord!

Thompkins, Dr. Shelley