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My Story

Dr. Tracey Shenell is a dynamic speaker, insightful coach, and engaging consultant. Her work in multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and multi-socioeconomic communities enables her to have keen insight into the intersectional reality of people.

As a life coach, Tracey will walk with clients as they seek to reach personal goals and navigate life challenges and transitions. She guides her clients as they do the deep internal reflection and process needed as they pursue social and racial justice. Tracey assists organizations in implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion mission driven-initiatives. As a speaker, Tracey teaches on a variety of topics with clarity, inspiration, and practicality to help you move forward. 

In her 15 years of experience, she has developed, coached, and trained diverse leaders, volunteers, and staff in 1-on-1 and team-building settings. 

She is an ordained bi-vocational pastor and has served in local congregations since 2002, enabling her to bring her wealth of pastoral ministry experience to her clients. 

She has a BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from DePaul University, an MDiv, and a DMin from Fuller Seminary, where she focused on Urban Ministries & Studies. She completed her doctoral studies on examining the role of race, class, and gender plays in one's identity formation.  She is a certified Personal Development Life Coach through LeaderBreakthru. She received her certification in Organizational Change and DEI from The National EIDA Center. Tracey is also a certified RelateStrong Facilitator equipped at leading couples and groups through the Pain and Peace cycle to strengthen their relationships.

Tracey grew up in southern Illinois so she loves pecan pie and the changing of the seasons. She enjoys reading crime drama, YA, fantasy, and speculative fiction. She loves to escape to the beach to play in the ocean. She enjoys baking and dancing. Tracey loves the outdoors and riding bikes with friends and families and hosts epic game-night and game themed parties. 

"Sometimes we need to step back and reflect before we can move forward."
- Tracey Shenell
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