International Speaker, Professional Engineer, Leadership Expert...and Recovering Over-Thinker
Here’s how Shelley tells it:
“I have been an over-thinker all my life…and, I might add, an accomplished one. My dad, an air force pilot taught me the value of thinking. That skill came in handy as I obtained degrees in civil engineering, architecture and an MBA.
I started as a transportation engineer in 1984 when women engineers were few. While working in several states including Georgia (for the 1996 Olympics), I learned to excel in a man’s world. But, I could tell the executives had something I didn’t. What was it?
Finally, I realized it was the power of feelings—the nudge of intuition. It dawned on me…You can’t think your way to the top.
Leaders used both intellect and intuition. They think, feel, and then, act. When I learned to do the same, I transformed:
Anyone can do it. Really. Anyone.”
Why Work with Shelley?
Shelley doesn’t just speak on leadership; she is one. An award-winning leader who served in the Senior Executive Service for the Federal government, she’s also a registered professional engineer who holds an MBA degree. She is an ACC certified coach with the International Coach Federation.
Shelley personally interviewed more than 77 leaders from the public, private, academic, non-profit and political sectors to gain insight into the role of intuition in leadership.
Shelley is an in-demand speaker and consultant who has designed and delivered programs to national and international audiences. She is the author of numerous articles and four books. Her work has appears in Forbes, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and Smartblog on Leadership. She completed training with the NeuroLeadership Institute and is a certified trainer for Business DNA Behavior self-assessment tools.
Shelley’s interactive style and engaging stories create a memorable experience that leave participants ready to immediately apply what they learned. Plus, she provides follow-up activities so that participants are more likely to remember what they learn. Shelley is also the NSA-DC Chapter President for 2016/2017.
Shelley is most proud of living her life with courage. After saving for five years, Shelley and her husband left their careers behind and moved to a Provençal village in France for a year. Later, at the peak of her career, she left her executive position to launch Shelley Row Associates LLC because Shelley believes everyone should live their highest vision of themselves professionally and personally.
About Shelley Row Associates
Shelley Row Associates LLC is a 100% woman-owned business with certifications with the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) programs through the states of Maryland, Virginia, California and New Jersey.
- live & work to your highest potential (dare to trust and act on what you believe)
- integrity (walk your talk no matter what it costs or how scary it is)
- success (do the best you can in whatever you’re doing and with professionalism)
- self-responsibility (be responsible only for yourself and your behavior)
- politeness (treat everyone with respect and courtesy. Always, always say thank you)
- responsiveness (respond within a day and meet all deadlines)
- experiences (live every moment fully; take advantage of opportunities when they show up— like hang gliding off an Austrian mountain, meditating in a Thai monastery, shearing sheep in New Zealand, and harvesting grapes in France)