Valerie Sheppard, a.k.a. the Sherpa of Happiness, does spiritual transformational counseling with young people and adults. The wisdom she possesses comes from her own 20-year journey of transformation combined with her more than 30 years of experience in leading teams, mentoring and coaching. Valerie uses this diverse knowledge and multi-faceted experience to help people find success and fulfillment by connecting to their inner authentic happiness.
As the Founder and CEO of The Heart of Living Vibrantly™, Valerie has taken a “radical sabbatical” from her highly analytical, stressful and competitive corporate life, and transformed from her driven, drill-sergeant demeanor. The softer, more conscious and fun Valerie is a certified Laughter Yoga instructor and Archetype Coach, writes on spirituality and personal transformation, and hosts Happiness Sabbaticals to help clients transform their lives.
She has created a signature Happy to Be ME!© 4-Step process that helps those who apply it to release “emotional junk-in-the-trunk,” integrate their hearts with their heads, design a new way of being, and establish personal practices that support them as they create more fulfilling lives and profitable businesses. Valerie has a diverse coaching background, including leading teams in Fortune 250 companies, working with young girls and homeless women, and teaching at corporate universities and a collegiate school of business. She has been praised for her coaching and communication abilities by colleagues, students, mentees and peers.
Valerie has created a university-level curriculum from the ideas and tools in Living Happy to Be ME!©, and is teaching it in a credit course called Living 101: Being Happy and Whole in partnership with the prestigious University of California, Irvine. Certified Professionally Qualified to teach by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Valerie also teaches marketing classes at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.
She is a co-author of and featured transformational teacher in national best-seller “Everything is Subject to Change,” and “Amazing Woman: What’s Your Story?” She has published two eBooks on heart-centered living: “Smooth Sailing: How to Move with Ease and Grace Through Every Situation,” and “The Power Behind Power: Wisdom for a Life Well-Lived.” Valerie has also been published in 11:11 Magazine, Divine Caroline, Ezine, and The LightVision Post, and is a featured expert in articles appearing in Chatelaine, Business Review Today, Inspire Me Today, and numerous radio shows.
Valerie is recipient of the 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).
She is a Founding member of the Evolutionary Business Council and a member of the Amazing Woman Alliance, Procter & Gamble Alumni, and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA). She volunteers for SAG BookPals, a national literacy program, through which she reads to and coaches elementary school children.
Valerie reveals more about herself in these videos.
The Heart of Living Vibrantly™ provides one-on-one coaching, small group workshops, tele-seminars and special events to help participants create more magnificent lives. We offer down-to-earth guidance supported with actionable tools that can be immediately incorporated to heal relationships, and take lives to new levels of peace, contentment, and success. http://TheHeartofLivingVibrantly.com We also work specifically with young people, ages 17-25, through our 501c3 non-profit Hearts Awakening. http://Heartsawakening.org
“Valerie is a very astute guest. She is bright and knowledgeable but most of all extremely caring with lots of heart and soul. That makes a big difference and listeners pick it up.” ~Patricia Raskin, Host “Patricia Raskin Positive Living
“Thank YOU, Valerie! Dawn and I personally got so much from today’s show so I KNOW our listeners did too!” ~Jennifer Geronimo, Co-Host, Scorpion Equinox” Radio
“Thanks for being on today’s show, Valerie! You are a vibrant and amazing woman, and I know my audience enjoyed the wisdom you shared. You are awesome!” ~Tonya Freeman, Host, Tonya and Friends Radio
Great call, great interview, great show! ~Carl Prude, Jr. Morena Valley, CA
“Valerie Sheppard is a brilliant speaker who lights up the room with insight, intelligence and genuine guidance. She educates and elevates her audiences in success principles that motivate and inspire action. It has been my distinctive pleasure to welcome Valerie to our Amazing Woman’s Day stages on multiple occasions with plans to invite her back time and time again. I highly recommend that anyone looking for a dynamic presence for your event, keynote program or symposium do the same!” ~Marsh Engle, Author, Founder of Amazing Woman’s Day
“It was a delight to attend Valerie’s workshop! The workshop material was filled with wisdom and love. Valerie’s greatest strength is that she’s been through it all. Her first-hand accounts of personal transformation are truly valuable.” ~Dave Macek, Executive Director, Red Lotus Society
“Valerie, thank you for sharing such an enlightened message during the National Christian Writers Conference. Your leadership and inspiration is a joy for all of us. Your voice of wisdom will be remembered for a long time.” ~Antonio Crawford, Crawford Irby International Foundation
“Valerie Rene Sheppard certainly deserved the standing ovation she received from the Wednesday Night Live Spirit, Mind and Body speaker’s forum tonight! A powerful and profound presentation! Thank you Valerie for being You! We are so deeply Blessed! ” ~Dr. Sharron Stroud, Innerfaith Spiritual Center