CHARLENE
WHEELESS

Meet CHarlene

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Here's What Others Have to Say...

Charlene is a remarkable and courageous leader. As the chair of Page, the world’s premier professional association for senior strategic communication leaders, she is helping Chief Communications Officers more effectively lead their organizations to create societal value, including social justice. Her compelling personal story shows how she has overcome numerous obstacles, always with grace, humility, and transparency, to become an even stronger and more effective leader and advocate.As a strategic communication leader herself in major global businesses, Charlene helped them strengthen their brands and reputations by improving diversity and using their influence to create value for the stakeholders and communities they served. She is a leader for our time, and Page is grateful for her determined and inspiring guidance.

Roger Bolton
President, Page

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Charlene is an excellent and effective communicator, and an equally engaging speaker.  During her ten years at Bechtel, Charlene had a significant impact. She helped us through numerous individual public relations and reputation challenges. She implemented a strategic approach and measurement process to strengthen Bechtel's standing with all stakeholders; spearheaded a successful program to attract students to careers in STEM through Bechtel's premier sponsorship of the IMAX film, "Dream Big: Engineering Our World" which has been viewed by more than 1 million people around the world. Charlene possesses the confidence to challenge the status quo and propose constructive alternative viewpoints and approaches to challenges. This is not always easy to do, but it is a trait that sets Charlene apart, and one from which Bechtel has benefited."

Executive Leadership

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Charlene did a brilliant job planning for and facilitating a courageous conversation on race for a group of business and medical leaders convened by our firm.  She prepared the panelists well, and brought out powerful stories and insights. She’s adept at covering potentially charged issues with sensitivity and grace, making everyone feel comfortable, even when covering uncomfortable topics."

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Charlene has been a tireless supporter of our community for more than a decade, leading numerous initiatives to support local businesses, youth education and the sustained development of this growing region. As Board Chair, Charlene shined a spotlight on the importance of building diversity, in all forms, and in all ways and she oversaw our strategic planning work. The Reston Chamber, and our community at large, is truly fortunate to benefit from Charlene's talents."

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Charlene combines business acumen and strategic thought to bring forward the best solutions to business challenges. I could always depend on Charlene to come up with a unique communication solution to a vexing business problem. She was a dynamic partner."

Paul V. Lombardi
CEO, DynCorp (Retired)

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Your talk was very meaningful to me.  I related to you as a mom, as a writer, and as a woman in Corporate America. I’m still processing all you had to say, Charlene. Some of what you had to say gave me a whole new perspective on Diversity, growth and overcoming difficulty with passion and perseverance. I’m inspired..

R. Hackney

MEET CHARLENE

Hi. I started my career in Corporate Communications straight out of college and never looked back. Working in a variety of industries, from associations, to information technology, to oil and gas, I honed my skills in every aspect of corporate and marketing communications and public affairs. I am a self-acknowledged nerd when it comes to technology and obsessed when it comes to integrating technology, communications, and creativity to develop outcomes that have yet to be discovered. I thrive in fast-paced environments that are uncomfortable with the status quo. Issues management, crisis communications, justice and equity counsel, data and digital analytics, and problem solving are what gets me out of bed every day -- that and my two dogs. Grace under pressure (as I've been told), I've never met a crisis I didn't want to jump into or a stray dog I didn't want to save. Professionally speaking, I am a trusted advisor to the C-suite, and a proven executive.

I am also a mother of two adult children, whom I adore, and wife to Greg, a finance executive. I started this company because I have a passion for helping leaders navigate and solve their toughest business challenges.

I believe in hard work, I believe in people, I believe in the greater good of business to provide social change and societal value, an equal and just society and capitalism. This is my purpose to fulfill. Time is finite. Make it count.

CHARLENE WHEELESS

RESILIENT. AUTHENTIC. UNSHAKEABLE.

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