Fortune 500 executive turned life and leadership coach Shelley Paxton shows readers how to step away from their busy lives—and into their deepest selves—to find what true fulfillment means to them.
Former Harley-Davidson executive Shelley Paxton lived a wildly successful life by most traditional definitions—titles, money, travel, and adventure. Her global career took her to over 60 countries, where she hung with the jet set and flexed her muscles in the boardroom. Yet she felt a gnawing lack of fulfillment that eventually spiraled into illness, divorce, and addiction.
To face the fears and dreams she had been ignoring, Paxton walked away from her 26-year career and embarked on a deeply personal journey to reconnect with her true purpose and deepest desires. She called it her “Soulbbatical,” and it not only changed her life; it became her calling.
After her dad suffered two strokes, Soulbbatical became Paxton’s mission: to inspire others to live their most authentic, courageous, and purposeful lives—today. Because no matter how far you’ve strayed from your true path, it’s never too late for transformation.
Now running a successful coaching business, Paxton shares her story with individuals and businesses in need of inspiration, helping them make the changes they need for sustainable health and greater fulfillment. Soulbbatical provides an unconventional, exhilarating, sometimes scary roadmap to discovering what you really want—and how to get it.
Shelley Paxton is a Chicago-based author, speaker, and professional coach. She spent twenty-six years as a highly regarded marketing and advertising executive stewarding some of the world’s most iconic brands, including Harley-Davidson, Visa, McDonald’s, and AOL. In 2016 she left the corporate world to launch her own company, with the mission to liberate the souls of leaders and organizations by inspiring them to realize their greatest purpose and potential. As a certified professional coach, she works with executives at Fortune 100 companies like Lowe’s and Mars, Inc, as well as private individuals and entrepreneurs. She holds a marketing degree from Boston College, and recently graduated from iPEC, one of the country's premier coaching certification programs. Paxton’s a member of 4PC, Rich Litvin’s exclusive community for extraordinary leaders and coaches, and has been selected to train with Brene Brown on her upcoming Dare to Lead project.