July 27 2018

Checking In On SFTL Contributor, Shelby Wildgust

Give us an update. What is new for you since we last heard from you?

When you last heard from me, I was a senior in college, just trying to figure out my next move in this crazy thing called Life – I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go down the path of entrepreneur or explore the world of Corporate America. I always knew that I had the drive and ambition to become an entrepreneur, but I was also curious to see what companies and jobs were out there; a part of me always saw myself climbing the corporate ladder, too. When I graduated college, I pursued entrepreneurship in a ‘half-in/half-out’ mentality – in other words, I had a Plan B (if it didn’t work out, I would just get a job) – which in hindsight, is 100% the reason why I ended up pivoting my ‘life plan’ and began to look for a role in Corporate America – absolutely no regrets though! I found an incredible job as an IT Recruiter, and later as an Account Manager, for a near billion dollar Recruiting Firm – the job had everything I was looking for, and from the outside looking in, I was succeeding at a high level – but on the inside, I was struggling heavily with whether or not I was truly passionate about what I was doing, and this caused a ripple effect in my life that eventually led me down a dark spiral of mild-depression and anxiety. I ended up leaving that role in the first 13 months that I was there to pursue a new role that was far more aligned with what I knew I was passionate about; my new role is the Sales Development and Training Coordinator for Vector Marketing – which is really a fancy way of saying I am a corporate coach and trainer. Being in this role sparked an even stronger desire to pursue my passion with full-force; I was given the opportunity to make a difference in the young lives of Vector’s most junior managers, and it unleashed my desire to launch my own coaching and mentoring program on the side!

You are very passionate about personal development; can you tell us why it is so important to you and for others?

Personal Development is hands down the single most definitive factor of my success thus far. When I
was 18, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the ideology of “Personal Development” which is essentially the constant pursuit of becoming the best version of yourself – the keyword here is ‘constant’ because there is always more to learn about yourself, and how you operate. While I’ll admit, I wasn’t the best student academically speaking, investing in Personal Development takes learning to a whole new level – because it teaches you about YOU – there are books, podcasts, seminars, workshops out there all designed to help YOU reach YOUR potential – who wouldn’t want to explore that? And for me, it taught me some of the essential lessons of leadership, connection, contribution, and just life in general. I am such a better person today because I took the time, and continue to take the time, to invest in Personal Development.

You are a Tedx Speaker & Co-creator of a podcast series; can you tell us about that/ share your experiences with us?

Absolutely! So going back to why Personal Development is so important, both of these experiences and endeavors would have NEVER been possible had I not made the decision to elevate myself and grow myself. The TedX opportunity was one of the first times I saw the Law of Attraction truly work in my favor – when I was 19 years old, I made a dream board that I hung in my college apartment, and I had the craziest dreams on there, and one of the crazier ones was to ‘Give a Ted Talk’…I had no idea how I would make that happen, I just knew I wanted to get up on that stage one day and talk about something. Throughout the next 2 years, I slowly crossed things off my dream board like “Go Skydiving”, “Save $10,000”, “Lose 10 lbs”, “Visit Europe”, but the one thing I was having trouble crossing off was the Ted Talk – I just didn’t know where to start. It wasn’t until February of 2016, heading into my 3rd year of having that dream board hang in my room, that I was presented with the opportunity to pitch myself to the TedX Curators. Obviously I jumped on the opportunity with full-force, and made it happen! It was truly incredible and unexplainable – thank you Law of Attraction!!!!

In regards to my podcast, that was an idea that came to me while I was struggling with anxiety and depression during my first year out of college – I remember thinking to myself, while in the doctors office, ‘is this what being an adult is really supposed to feel like?’ – I just wasn’t convinced that this was how my life was meant to be…and what I realized was that as young adults, it’s easy to be SO opportunistic leaving college (as we should be), but then it becomes hard to talk about the shitty things that happen in the ‘adult world’ because we want to uphold the ‘happiness’ that we thought we would find, and that we are constantly seeing on social media. So I created a podcast to dive more in depth about the ‘awkwardness’ of becoming an adult – we focus on basic personal development topics and how they pertain to being a young adult, as well as interviewing some badass young adults and learning more about their stories and how they developed into who they are today.

We are excited to hear about your new upcoming venture and program “Women in the Workplace Group Mastermind and Coaching Program” can you tell us all about the program?

For sure!! It is my heart and soul – everything that I have learned and experienced in the last 6 years has led me to create this program, I am so incredibly excited and honored to have finally brought this to life. The program is designed to bring heart-centered, goal-oriented young women in Corporate America together to grow together, challenge one another, inspire one another, and support one another. The program includes 14 group coaching and mentoring sessions (the program is capped at 10 members) in which we discuss personal development as it pertains to growing within Corporate America. In addition to the group sessions, there will also be 4 mentorship sessions with Female Executives in various industries; these are women who are much further along in their careers, and have experienced what it takes to climb the corporate ladder – this component is an incredible opportunity to ask questions, and to network as well! And finally, as a celebration of commitment and completion, there is an overnight retreat in the 3rd month of the program that is just FULL of surprises 🙂

When does the program start? how much is it to join?

The program starts on August 1st and goes until October 31st! It is $600 to join (includes the retreat!); there are payment plan options!

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What inspired you to start the program?

Like I said before, this program is a culmination of the last 6 years of my life, so there has been SO many different experiences that have inspired this program, but the one that comes to mind the most is my experience in my first job out of college – it was an incredible company to work for, with unlimited room for professional growth, and for income! But one thing I found that it was lacking was discussions around how to grow personally; how to create wealth; how to build strong relationships in and out of work; how to lead with compassion; how to find work-life balance (does this even exist?); how to be kinder to ourselves…all of these topics that Personal Development teaches, and that are incredibly important to becoming a strong, independent individual in society. I loved the aspect of Professional Growth, but no matter how far along we are in our career, if our personal lives are feeling out of whack, that will affect every area of our life – so my goal with this program is to focus on the personal development aspect of growing within Corporate America.

How did you come up with the name?

When this idea finally started to become reality, I was super concerned with the name of the program…I wanted to make it sound catchy and cool – but then I realized that what is more important than having a cool name is actually getting it out to the world – so I kept it simple: Women in the Workplace Group Mastermind and Coaching Program. Sure, it’s a mouthful, but it leaves little room for interpretation. Personally, I just refer to it as ‘Women in the Workplace’ 🙂

Who would be most beneficial in joining the program?

Let me start off by saying this: this program is NOT for everyone. While I know, for what I’m offering, the investment is INCREDIBLY LOW, not everyone is ready to invest in themselves, and that’s totally fine – I have plenty of free content out in this world for people who just want to dip their toes in Personal Development.

Here’s exactly who it is for: Up and coming ‘Lady Bosses’ who are equal parts goal-oriented and heart-centered. Women who know wholeheartedly that they can do, be, and have anything they want in life, and are tenacious enough to go after their dreams. Women who refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer, will go after any goal, no matter how big or scary it may be, and will look damn good in the process. Women who have learned to rise above the petty drama of their teen years, and are ready to be a force of good in the lives of others. Women who are more focused on being intelligent than sexy, because intelligence IS sexy.

Where is the overnight? And what takes place during it?

The overnight will be held in New Paltz, NY – I can’t disclose all that will happen there, I have quite a few surprises up my sleeve 😉 – some things I know for sure: sunrise hike, guided meditation, some serious female bonding, and some exciting life planning.

Do you have any advice for fellow entrepreneurs?

Don’t give up on your dream to be your own boss, but stay open and flexible to what gets you there 🙂 Pivoting is a natural and necessary part of the process!

Also – it is VERY rare for everything to go as planned, learn to laugh things off, it’s ALL part of the process, and it’s ALL perfect.

Do you have a favorite quote or go to saying? 🙂

It’s hard for me to narrow my choices down to just one, but I do have a quote tattooed to my foot so I guess I’ll go with that one 🙂 “All of your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Thank you so much for having me on SFTL! It was so much fun when I was contributor back in college, it gave me an incredible outlet to spread positivity and ideas – I am honored to be back on the page!

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If you have any other questions and want to reach out to Shelby you can email her at Shelby.wildgust@gmail.com or on instagram @shelby_wildgust !

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