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About Shelley

Shelley Preslar is a wife, mother, grandmother, business owner, and veteran. With more than two decades in life sciences, Shelley is Managing Partner at Azzur Group Southeast, located in North Carolina, where she leads a team of 30 specializing in consulting services across the product lifecycle in life sciences. Aside from building a handful of companies in the industry, Shelley has a lengthy tenure of volunteerism and leadership, including multiple positions with the PDA Southeast Chapter over 12 years, including Chapter President, and currently serves at the international level as an Interest Group Leader, Event Committee member, and co-chair for two task force projects. Shelley is a certified PMP with a BS in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix.


About her Talk, "Driving through Glass Ceilings: Owning Your Destiny"

Next stop: Success! Join Shelley on her road trip of a lifetime (literally!) as she navigates life’s detours, road blocks, and expressways to the ULTIMATE destination: driving through that damn glass ceiling!

Speaking as a serial business builder, proud veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, wife, mother, and grandmother, Shelley’s deeply personal account of her own journey to success will cover the generations-wide, nagging convictions that far too many women find themselves up against – or worse – buying into in both business and in life.

Any of these sound familiar?

* “You should just stay here in this small Midwestern town and do what your mother did.”

* “That’s a man’s job, sweetie.”

* “Will anyone take you seriously?”

* “But don’t you want kids someday?”

* “Doesn’t it bother your husband that you’re working so much?”

* And, Shelley’s personal favorite, “YOU drive a tractor trailer?!?” (true story)

Together, you’ll traverse the rocky terrain of difficult decisions, family trials, blissful milestones, and even some straight-up luck. So, buckle in and grab your aviators, because the future is here and it is bright!

Thursday, August 9th, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM CT

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