A Trainer Who’s Walked the Walk

How do you pronounce that name? “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!

In a nutshell

Shelagh is a professional speaker and trainer who’s walked the administrative walk. She’s worked with C-level executives for well over two decades, and has been a direct report to four CEOs.

As Executive Secretary to the provincial COO of a private sector company, 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.

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

A few years later, after relocating to a new city, Shelagh rebooted her administrative career in a junior public sector role. She ultimately built a governance career and, between 2008 and 2018, was accountable to a Canadian college’s four Board Chairs and three CEOs.

A positive and inspirational trainer

Drawing on both formal education and corporate training in adult education, Shelagh began using her vacations to give keynote and other presentations at conferences in North America and abroad. Her forward-thinking messages are well received and, in 2018, she made the leap to training and writing full time.

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London, March 2018: Shelagh with some of  IMA’s (International Management Assistants’) leaders and members from Belgium, England, Norway and The Netherlands during a break before her presentation at Executive Secretary LIVE

Shelagh and her audience members connect with one another because it’s clear that she understands their world and cares about their wellbeing and success. That benefits individual assistants and their employers.

Pragmatism, empathy and humour are hallmarks of Shelagh’s presentations. She presents on topics of longstanding relevance to the career. She also speaks on matters such as governance, cybersecurity and not only surviving but thriving as digital disruption escalates.

Click here to see what clients and audience members say about Shelagh

An informed thought leader

In addition to training assistants and publishing her own website, Shelagh writes for Diligent Corporation and for Thomson Reuters’ AAU (Administrative Assistant’s Update). She is also a contributor to Executive Secretary Magazine and the International Association of Administrative Professionals’ (IAAP’s) IAAP Edge.

Click here for Shelagh’s bio, calendar and contact info

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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