Dr. Valerie René Sheppard is a catastrophic-stroke survivor, self-mastery expert, and CEO of The Heartly Center for Mindfulness and Self-Mastery™. She has a diverse personal development background spanning more than 25 years, including working with teens and adults, individuals and groups, executives and entrepreneurs.
Dr. Valerie helps people de-stress and meet life’s ups and downs with more courage, confidence, inner peace and happiness. Her clients routinely report they are healing from the past, reprogramming negative conditioning and limiting beliefs, shifting out of stress/anxiety/overwhelm, and creating more vibrant lives and thriving businesses.
Dr. Valerie uses the spiritual principles and practices in her multi award-winning, #1 international best-seller, Living Happy to Be ME!: Dancing Your Soul Lightstyle© as the centerpiece of her teachings. In addition to her Ph.D. in Consciousness and Human Potential, she has been trained in archetype counseling, compassionate communication, spiritual direction and HeartMath.
Dr. Valerie is also Founder and Executive Director of Hearts Awakening, a CA-based 501(c)3 non-profit company through which she takes her transformational wisdom and tools to underserved young adults. She is especially excited to serve emancipated foster youth, low-income and 1st generation college students.
Dr. Valerie is on the Board of the Evolutionary Business Council™ and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. She is frequently a featured guest on podcasts, radio and television shows as an expert on leadership, fulfillment and happiness.
Awards and Affiliations
Most recently, Dr. Valerie is recipient of the 2021 Barbara Marx Hubbard Outstanding Evolutionary Leader Award (Gateway University), the 2020 Platinum Mentorship Award (The Evolutionary Business Council) and the Excellence in Service Award (The National Society of Leadership and Success).
Causes and Organizations
Founding Member, Evolutionary Business Council
Member, National Society of Leadership and Success
Certifications and Credentials
Ph.D., Consciousness and Human Potential, Gateway University
Certified Master Trainer, The Evolutionary Business Council
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, Laughter Yoga Institute
Certified Sacred Contracts Coach, Caroline Myss Educational Institute