Amanda Shaffer is a professional coach and consultant with more than 16-years of experience supporting mission driven people and organizations to develop capacity and realize their goals.  Whether facilitating workshops, coaching leaders, or helping faculty advance in their careers, Amanda’s work is defined by her dedication to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
Amanda leads facilitated discussions and workshops on topics such as White Fragility, Implicit Bias, Shared Leadership, Search Committee Training, The Mindful Career for Women, and Beyond Tenure. 

She has helped implement several NSF ADVANCE awards and initiated innovative career advancement and cultural awareness programs at multiple higher education institutions.  In 2018 she served as a screenwriter and consultant for the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) Implicit Bias Search Committee Training videos. 

A Gestalt Professional Certified Coach, Amanda is also trained in Woman in Leadership, 360-feedback assessment, Emotional Intelligence, Appreciative Inquiry, and Mindful Facilitation. 

A founding member of the Ohio Diversity Officers Collaborative (2008), and founder and artistic director of the nonprofit Red Hen Productions Feminist Theatre (Cleveland, 1995-2005), Amanda continues to volunteer with national and local nonprofit and social justice organizations.

Amanda Shaffer 


To Tenure and Beyond: Building an Intentional Career in STEM (chapter)
Shaffer, Amanda & Friemark, S., 2015. In Mavriplis, C. & Heller, S. (Eds), Forward to Professorship: Academic Leadership Development in Science and Engineering. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier

I was pleased to have my essay "BUSING: A WHITE GIRL’S TALE" printed in the latest Rust Belt Anthology. Books may be purchased on the Belt website. I was also featured in the CNN online story "When you're the only white person in the room" by John Blake.