About Shelagh

Shelagh Donnelly is a highly regarded speaker and trainer who’s walked the walk. She works with conference organisers, professional associations, government bodies, higher education and businesses, including corporations such as the NBA.


Positive and pragmatic, Shelagh delivers interactive keynotes and other presentations helping assistants achieve career fulfillment and success. She also works with governance professionals, and coaches individuals.


How do you pronounce that name? 

She-laughs-copyright-Shelagh-Donnelly“Shelagh” is the same name as “Sheila”, but with spelling that reflects Gaelic origins. Want some help remembering how to spell it? As you look at this photo, you may think to yourself, she laughs.

Put She and laugh together. Then pull out the “u”, and you have Shelagh!


You’d like to know more?

Shelagh has led teams. She’s been a direct report to four CEOs, and was accountable to four board Chairs. She began her career in the private sector, with a national company. As Executive Secretary to the company’s head of BC operations, she was so effective in creating and leading learning opportunities for the organization’s administrative staff that she was tapped for a role as corporate trainer. A few years later, having relocated to a smaller city, she rebooted her administrative career.

Long active in American and Canadian professional networks, Shelagh has experience as a mentor and a mentee. 

She is recognized for her governance expertise, having supported a public sector board of directors for a decade before launching a full time training and writing career in 2019. Shelagh also chaired the board of directors of a national professional association.  

Shelagh speaks from experience when it comes to effective business relations. She writes weekly business and governance articles for Diligent Insights, and also counts the American Society of Administrative Professionals (ASAP) among her training and writing clients.

Click here for a sampling of Shelagh’s keynotes and training presentations

Professional affiliations

Shelagh’s Canadian and American professional affiliations have included the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education (NAPAHE). Through the Association of Governing Boards’ (AGB’s) Board Professionals Leadership Group, she has served as a board professional mentor.

She is a member of Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) and has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of CICan:GPOP (GPOP), a national association affiliated with Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).

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