Our Purpose


A Moment That Became A Movement

THE GIRLS’ LOUNGE is a one-of-a-kind destination for women to connect, collaborate and empower each other. It is an environment that fosters new ideas and sparks action around diversity and leadership while creating a new culture for tomorrow’s leaders. We believe the more we advocate for one another and embrace what makes women different – the better business and life will become.

Shelley Zalis

Meet Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient and Founder, The Girls’ Lounge

Shelley has gone against the grain most of her career, starting in 2000 when she left the corporate world to pioneer online research. Shelley created OTX (Online Testing Exchange), which in just nine years became one of the largest and fastest growing research companies in the world. She sold OTX to Ipsos in 2010, where she led global innovation in over 80 countries.

As the first female chief executive ranked in the research industry’s top 25, she changed the game, brought emotion and passion to the boardroom and has devoted herself to becoming a mentor and friend to women and leaders in her industry.

Her most recent endeavors include launching The Female Quotient and The Girls’ Lounge, which supports and mentors women to help them stand out with their unique leadership powers and transform corporate culture…. together.

Shelley continues to go against the grain to innovate and stimulate the industry. She is a board member of AWNY, Dress for Success , I Am That Girl and the Women’s Military Symposium. Shelley has been awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Girls Inc. award, ARF Great Minds in Innovation award and AWNY’s Game Changer award. A pioneer, a wife and a mother of three, she successfully juggles between CEO and Mom.



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