150: Diversity, Digital Transformation & Becoming a CEO in Silicon Valley with Shellye Archambeau

Attend a top-ranked university, check. Move up the ranks at IBM, check. Become a CEO by age 40, check. Shellye Archambeau is unapologetically ambitious and achieves what she believes. But it’s not by accident. As one of the first black women to lead a high-tech Silicon Valley company, she embodies hard work, strategic planning, and carefully crafted execution. In this episode, Shellye pays it forward by revealing the teams, technologies, and processes that helped her rise to the top and eventually turn around MetricStream.

Special Guest: Shellye Archambeau, Fortune 500 Board Member, Advisor, Author & Former CEO – MetricStream

Location: Mountain View, CA  USA

Air Date: May 23, 2021

Show Notes:

  • Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success on Your Own Terms: Shellye’s “…inspiring leadership book offers a blueprint for how to achieve your personal and professional goals.” Her book was cited as one of Fortune’s 10 Best Business Books of 2020.
  • Shellye.com: Shellye’s website where you can keep up with her latest endeavors
  • Ask Me Anything: Shellye’s online sessions where you can submit a question and Shellye will answer it in a live session on her YouTube channel.
  • TechCrunch: a site dedicated to the tech industry reporting on the business side of tech, tech news, and analysis of emerging trends in tech.
  • TechHive: a website dedicated to smart home technology and home entertainment gear. Includes articles, product reviews, tutorials, and more.
  • Andreessen Horowitz: the website of the venture capitalist firm…
  • The Economist: the online version of the newspaper/magazine committed to providing high-quality, impartial news on the global events that shape our world.
  • The Week: the website of the magazine offering “…commentary and analysis of the day’s breaking news and current events as well as arts, entertainment, people and gossip, and political cartoons.”
  • Shellye Archambeau: Becoming a CEO – a Harvard Business Review Case Study: a case study by Tsedal Neeley and John Masko profiling Shellye’s leadership skills and high stakes decision making during a critical, vulnerable time at MetricStream.
  • Professional Organizations Mentioned in Shellye’s book:
    • Toastmasters: public speaking, leadership, and communication skills.
    • Watermark: women focused on connecting, learning, and leading with empathy.
    • Committee of 200: an invitation-only membership of the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders generating more than $200B in annual revenues.


Related Episodes:

  • Episode 034: Developing a Business Strategy for Sustainable Growth with Mark Pegues
  • Episode 045: Using Organization Design to Drive Innovation with Ron Carucci
  • Episode 132: How I Scaled & Sold Two Businesses to Fortune 500 Companies featuring Jeff Wald
  • Episode 134: How I Scaled My Personal Brand & Became One of the World’s Top 50 Business Thinkers featuring Dorie Clark
  • Episode 138: How I Scaled Outsource Global into Africa’s Top BPO Provider featuring Amal Hassan
  • Episode 148: Diversity, Digital Transformation, and Women’s Economic Empowerment with Lily Allen-Dueñas


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  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Adeyemo
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Transcription: Jodie Maquiran
  • Sponsor: HubSpot


More About Guest, Shellye Archambeau:
Shellye 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, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies, and Okta. She is also a strategic advisor to Forbes Ignite and the President of Arizona State University and serves on the board of two national nonprofits, Catalyst, and Braven.

Ms. Archambeau has over 30 years of experience in technology. She is the former CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based, governance, risk, and compliance software company. During her tenure, MetricStream grew from a fledgling startup into a global market leader. She is the author of Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success on Your Own Terms. A book that will inspire you and provide the tools to enable you to fight the battles, make the tradeoffs and create the life you want. She is also a Forbes contributor and the protagonist of the Harvard Business School Case Study: Becoming a CEO.

Ms. Archambeau enjoys the performing arts, traveling, cooking, and writing a blog that provides career advice, insights, and other musings.


More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working as an engineer in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 53 countries.


More About Sponsor, HubSpot:
HubSpot offers a full platform of marketing, sales, customer service, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software — plus the methodology, resources, and support — to help businesses. Their CRM platform is powered by the same database, so everyone in your organization — Marketing, Sales, Service & Operations — is working off the same system of record. This allows for a smoother handoff between teams and results in a more delightful experience for your customers.

The Business Infrastructure podcast became an inaugural member of the new HubSpot Podcast Network on May 11, 2021. This network consists of best-in-class podcasts offering subject matter expertise to assist listeners in building, growing, and scaling businesses.


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