Steven Williams Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, SPHR

ELC Chief Learning Officer/Vice President, Institute for Leadership Development and Research

Steven Williams, PhD., SHRM-SCP, SPHR – Chief Learning Officer and Vice President of the Institute for Leadership Development & Research, The Executive Leadership Council

Steve Williams, PhD., SHRM-SCP, SPHR, currently serves on the leadership team of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) as its Chief Learning Officer and its Vice President of the Institute for Leadership Development and Research. He leads the creation and delivery of products and services for ELC’s Fortune 500 C-Suite executives, senior executives, and high potential leaders. He is responsible for leading the strategy, management, revenue growth, and global expansion of the Institute’s leadership training and products, executive coaching services, thought leadership, publications, and corporate partnerships & sponsorships.

Prior to ELC, Steve spent ten years with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) ---the world’s largest association of HR executives with more than 275,000 members globally--where he served as the Director of E-Media Innovations and Business Development, and previously as its Director of Research. In these roles, he led the identification, implementation, and delivery of revenue-generating workforce products, services, and research. Prior to SHRM, he was the Director of Industry and Market Research for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), an association that provides workforce and leadership solutions to CEOs and other senior executives in nonprofit organizations.

Steve has a passion for helping companies become the best place to work, and for helping the executives within them become better leaders. He has significant experience leveraging digital innovation and technology to expand reach and revenue potential. In addition, he has conducted numerous strategic workshops not only for U.S. executives but globally for business audiences in countries such as India, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Canada. He has authored several reports and articles, and has provided his expertise in areas such as best company practices, employer branding, compensation and benefits, leadership development, and other organizational issues. Steve has been tapped by organizations to serve as a spokesperson, and has appeared in several media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, the New York Times as well as several television news stations.

Steve earned his Master’s and PhD. from Howard University, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He previously served as a Consultant for Johns Hopkins University for several years, and he currently serves on the Advisory Board of Instructional Design and Technology Program at George Mason University.