About Shelley Pernot

Shelley Pernot, Austin Life Coach, Life Coach in Austin Texas

For years, I lived my life unconsciously. From a distance I looked successful, but I moved from one task to the next – busy, stressed, unfulfilled, and not sure why I was semi-miserable.  On the outside everything looked great.  On the inside – not so much.

Originally a small town girl from east Texas, I worked my way up through the corporate ranks, for many years was the only woman in the boardroom, earned an MBA from a top European school, and succeeded in a well-paid job in risk management in London. I had arrived…..kind of. But no matter what I did I couldn’t shake a general feeling of emptiness.

Discovering Mindfulness

In 2009, I moved back to the United States and discovered yoga by accident. After a few months, I knew something was different. I was different.  I wasn’t drinking and eating too much.  No longer was I quite literally pulling my hair out from stress.  I lost weight and got fit.  This yoga/mindfulness thing was definitely working for me!

Shelley Pernot, Austin TexasFeeling uninspired in my job I decided to take a sabbatical so I could become a yoga teacher and travel to Africa. When I returned to work, I was fueled with a renewed energy to follow my passion for personal development and help my employer BP recover from the Deepwater Horizon incident.  So I made an abrupt change in my career and went from risk management to leadership development.  In my new role, I created and taught programs like Courageous Conversations, aimed at creating a corporate culture that welcomed honest discussion.

I made positive changes and saw dividends in areas outside of my career, too. The more energetically I embraced my passions, the more I started to live a life that was truer to myself, and the more everything changed. Ever since I had completed my coach training, I had dreamt of having my own coaching business.  That dream was realized in 2015 when I took the plunge and launched True North Coaching and Development, specializing in leadership coaching.

My Coaching Philosophy

As you can tell, I love my work!  And I would love to work with YOU.

I will create a safe space for you to explore what’s holding you back.  I will challenge you ever so respectfully but firmly to reach your potential, and I will enthusiastically champion your successes, of which there will be many.  And I promise there will also be plenty of joy and laughter.  Just because we’re working hard, doesn’t mean we can’t have fun, right?

I encourage you to check out the testimonials from some of my clients. See for yourself what they have to say about the value of working with me.

  • I hold a Masters and Bachelors from the University of Texas at Austin in Accountancy and an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands.
  • I’m an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified coach at the PCC level, and I graduated from the esteemed Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) program.  I have also served as a faculty member for the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) program, where I got to work with really amazing aspiring coaches and teach them how to coach.
  • I have served on the Austin, Texas Board of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
  • I’ve also served as a faculty member for the University of Texas Center for Professional Education (UTCPE) and NYU Professional Pathways.
  • I’m a certified yoga instructor and incorporate mindfulness practices into my coaching practice.
  • I completed my first book in 2017, Running on Empty: An Irreverent Guide to Filling Up with Mindfulness, a fun, Bridget Jones meets Jon Cabot Zin guide to finding more meaning and balance in your life.

And finally, in 2016 I ticked a major bucket list goal off my list by completing the High Passes of Everest trek.

What’s your dream?

Let me help you discover it!