Shelby Scarbrough

Shelby Scarbrough

Shelby Scarbrough began her career in the White House as a member of Pres. Ronald Reagan’s advance team, where she helped coordinate such landmark events as the Reagan-Gorbachev Moscow Summit. She then served as a protocol officer in the U.S. Department of State. In 1990, Shelby founded Practical Protocol, LLC, a company that plans bespoke events for foreign dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, and Lech Walesa.

Shelby’s experiences in both public service and the private sector have given her a unique insight into the practices that lead to positive relationships and productive communication between individuals, countries, and societies. Shelby resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a speaker, entrepreneur, and writer.


Shelby Scarbrough is an opinion columnist for the CEOWORLD magazine. Connect with her through LinkedIn. For more information, visit the author’s website.
Shelby Scarbrough
Future of Work

Taking Responsibility: The Role of Personal Accountability Today

My friend Diane Brown uses a phrase in her teaching: “Control the controllables.” So much of life is out of our control. The one thing we have influence over is how we behave and being accountable for that behavior. When I was fifteen years old, my parents started what would...