Hearts Awakening Executive Director
Founder & Executive Director
Valerie Sheppard is a catastrophic-stroke survivor, inspirational keynote speaker, part-time university lecturer, and CEO of The Heartly Center for Mindfulness and Self-Mastery™. Valerie uses the principles and practices in her multi award-winning, #1 international best-seller, Living Happy to Be ME!© as the centerpiece of her transformational coaching practice, which is helping young people and adults, executives and entrepreneurs experience more happiness, success and fulfillment. The book is the centerpiece of her much-loved personal development curriculum that was successfully piloted at the University of California, Irvine from 2015-2019.
Valerie is on the Board of the Evolutionary Business Council. She is a certified Master Trainer, a certified Sacred Contracts coach, and has been trained in compassionate communication, spiritual direction and HeartMath. As a professional improv comedienne, Valerie’s specialty is finding ways to keep transformational work light, and she often incorporates improv tips and games, and Laughter Yoga into her workshops and keynote addresses.
Valerie was featured on the August 2016 cover of My Authentic Life Magazine, has been published in award-winning 11:11™ Magazine, and is a Featured Luminary on InspireMeToday.com™. She has also been featured contributor to numerous leadership and heart-centered living radio shows, podcasts and tele-summits.
Valerie is recipient of the 2019 More Award (Evolutionary Business Council), 2016 Spotlight Award (The Dynamic Women of UCI), the 2016 BLAC Excellence Award (Black Advancement Leadership Coalition at UCI), and the Excellence in Service Award (National Society of Leadership and Success). Other prestigious recognition includes the 2015 Unstoppable Award (Evolutionary Business Council), the 2013 Life Enrichment Award (Rock Life), and a 2012 nomination for both the Outstanding Woman in Business Award (Orange County Business Journal) and the Rising Star Award (National Association of Female Executives).