Skinner Leadership Institute is led by Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner a trusted advisor, public policy strategist, faith leader, author, lecturer, businesswoman, educator, executive coach, and mentor. She has made an indelible imprint in American public policy, government, and community relations as former Director of the Congressional Black Caucus; Co-Chair of the National African American Clergy Network, and as a member of the White House Faith Council. She has a long history of building bridges and advancing the inclusion of people of all cultures in both the private and public sector.
Considered one of Washington’s most influential leaders, and included in “Presidential Who’s Who Among Business and Professional Achievers,” Dr. Williams-Skinner was the first female Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus (1974-1981). She continues to serve as advisor to CBC Members and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She co-founded the CBCF Prayer Breakfast that annually attracts 2500 business, government, and civic leaders across generation from throughout the nation. As President of the Skinner Leadership Institute, Dr. Williams-Skinner and her team provides networking, bridge-building and leadership development opportunities between Congressional leaders, business executives, diverse groups, college students, faith leaders, young professionals, and urban youth. She currently serves on the President’s Council of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership, working on the issue of global human trafficking.
Dr. Williams-Skinner has written numerous articles including “The Power of Love,”, “Been There, Done That: Why African American Christians Resist Racial Reconciliation,” “Why and How Would Jesus Vote?” and ” Obama, the Black Church, and the Promise of Reconciliation”. She has also published two leadership- training workbooks, Becoming An Effective 21st Century Leader and Personal Transformation Through Biblical Reconciliation. Most recently, she co-founded the Masters Series for Distinguished Leaders, for African American middle managers, ages 25-45, helping them to move to next levels of their lives and careers while giving back to underserved communities.
She earned a B.A. from San Francisco State University and a Master of Social Work, (M.S.W.), and Law Degree (J.D.) from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). She also earned her Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C.