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.


Shannon Z.
Shannon Z.
Former Student

Shelley’s caring personality and upbeat spirit allowed me to make the best of every moment. She really pushed me to challenge myself and get outside my comfort zone, which made the experience so much more enriching.

Linsey S.
Linsey S.
Former Student

Shelley’s expert knowledge and resourcefulness were crucial, but what I found most invaluable was her ability to empower me to make my own experience something special. She was like the perfect professor: she gave me the fundamentals and showed me the path, but then did her best to take off my training wheels so I could learn some independence. This precise mix of assistance-when-needed and freedom is what I appreciated most.

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