Valerie Sheppard, a.k.a. Spirit Dancer, 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 Heartly Center for Mindfulness and Self Mastery™, 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 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 insight and facilitation by colleagues, students, mentees and peers.
Valerie created a university-level curriculum from the ideas and tools in Living Happy to Be ME!©, and has taught 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.
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 2020 Platinum Mentorship Award, the 2019 More Award and Gold Mentorship 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).
Valerie reveals more about herself in these videos.
The Heartly Center for Mindfulness and Self Mastery™ provides one-on-one coaching, small group growth adventures, virtual courses and multi-day immersion retreats to help participants create high-vibration 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, fulfillment, joy and success.
“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