Born in an untapped neighborhood on the southside of Chicago, Shelton Banks’ story shows life isn’t determined by the cards you are dealt, but how you play your hand. Having a background that lends itself to common Black stereotypes – high-school dropout, single-parent household, and other daily hardships – Shelton knows how to face and overcome fundamental challenges that arise as a result of lack of education, capital, and the color of skin.
Shelton is a certified diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, and co-founder of Sales for The Culture. He is also CEO at re:work training, a non-profit organization focused on creating workplaces that reflect the diversity of our neighborhoods, starting with the tech industry. Combining his background in sales and passion for DEI, Shelton is bridging the gap between overlooked communities and companies committed to taking real action on DEI.