Amanda Shaffer is a professional coach and diversity consultant with extensive experience supporting both institutions and individuals to initiate, transform and grow.

She has developed customized coaching initiatives, career advancement, and diversity education programs for a range of organizations and institutions across the country. In 2019 she was recognized with the President’s Diversity Champion Award at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for her significant achievements in establishing DEI education.

Amanda has written several Diversity Guidebooks and toolkits for associations (CREW Network 2020), including an Implicit Bias Search Committee toolkit for the national HERC, for which she provides a customized training.

She credits her involvement with NSF ADVANCE for developing her skills and thinking and is proud that the outcomes of her NSF funded career program for women in STEM, To Tenure and Beyond (Forward to Professorship, Elsevier, 2015) is still being used as a model today.

Amanda is a Gestalt Professional Certified Coach, and is ACC certified through the International Coach Federation with additional training in Emotional Intelligence, Appreciative Inquiry, Women in Leadership, and Mindful Facilitation.

Whether she is facilitating, coaching or volunteering Amanda’s personal and professional work is defined by her dedication to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Amanda Shaffer

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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.  

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