About Shelley

With 20 years of experience in higher education, I have a broad and varied track record of impactful initiatives within and across departments.

Diplomatic with just the right dose of challenging, I facilitate with a solution-focused perspective to help participants get creative, resolve conflict, clarify goals, and streamline systems so that students and professionals are inspired to do their best work. My hallmark is helping teams reach solutions with balanced consideration for all stakeholders.

Having succeeded in a range of settings from large, politically-driven hierarchies to small, bootstrapped divisions, I understand interpersonal and interdepartmental dynamics from an insider’s perspective, and can help you move from “we’ve always done it this way” to “how can we redefine our way?”

When you work with me, I can guarantee that your team won’t just be “inspired for the day” and then put their notebooks and ideas on a shelf, never to be consulted again. I follow up with the participants at meaningful intervals to help keep them committed and on track, which makes the work they do during and after our time together even more valuable.

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What people say.


Pat Burke
Pat Burke
Former Dean, Gonzaga in Florence

Shelley’s coaching helped me to see my own situation from a different perspective, to acknowledge both my own limitations and gifts, and to expand my vision of the institution in order to effectively release the creative energies of the faculty and staff and thereby generate a more productive work culture.

Linda H.
Linda H.
Site Director, CISabroad

Shelley is one of the most resourceful, creative, and solution-oriented professionals I have ever worked with. Shelley epitomizes the very essence of ethical leadership. She is dedicated to the creation of a collaborative and nurturing environment where trust, guidance, and communication are fundamental cornerstones. She leads by example and works hard to ensure that those around her are challenged, successful, and satisfied.

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