Sheila K. Collins is an experienced consultant, teacher, therapist, author, keynote speaker, and mentor with a background in social work, education, dance, and the expressive arts. She has consulted, designed, and delivered training programs in numerous industries; healthcare, financial services, retail sales, professional associations, and non-profits. A member of the faculty at four different universities, she currently teaches in the University of Pittsburgh Osher Lifelong Learning program. She is a national InterPlay leader, teacher, and mentor, having established InterPlay programs in four cities in Texas and most recently in Pittsburgh.
She produced and directed with Masankho Banda, a Seeding Cultures of Peace project in Pittsburgh and Amandla!! A Celebration of African Arts presented at five hospital locations and at five K-12 schools in western PA. The hospital performances were sponsored by the Office of Diversity at UPMC in celebration of Black History Month. Dr. Collins produced and directed a Seeding Cultures of Peace project at the Women’s International Peace Conference in Dallas in 2008 and in 2010 at the Community College of Allegeheny County as part of the college’s Diversity Day celebration.
Dr. Collins has experience in the start up of new businesses having co-founded and directed a behavioral health care clinic, Iatreia Institute for The Healing Arts in Fort Worth Texas. She has experience in acquisition and transitioning, having sold the company after ten years to Corphealth, Inc., a regional managed care company, then staying on as director of the clinic.
Sheila currently directs InterPlay Pittsburgh, an organization she founded to collaborate with human service organizations and community foundations on programs to increase multicultural sensitivities and competencies within agencies and in the larger community. She applies her proven abilities to teach and consult around themes of teambuilding and collaboration, innovation training, and exploring creativity, and practices of leadership and “follower-ship,” insuring the best utilization of any organization or company’s most valuable resource – their employees.
Dr. Collins holds a BA in Philosophy from Monteith College at Wayne State University in Detroit, a Masters degree in Social Work from Wayne State University in Detroit and a PhD in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Nebraska. Her dissertation looked at the career paths and strategies of women in top and middle management in traditional women’s fields; Social Work, Nursing and Education.
She has taught on the faculties of the University of Nebraska, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington. She co-founded and directed the Center for Co-Equal Education to train and consult with school districts in Nebraska on the implementation of Title IX, insuring equal opportunity for all students. She directed an NIMH funded program to improve the delivery of health and human services to minorities (Mexican American and Native American) in the western part of Nebraska. She co-founded and directed the Women and Work Research and Resource Center at the University of Texas at Arlington, conducting research, organizing a yearly symposium, and editing and producing papers and books.