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Shelley Paxton to Headline THRIVE Live 2024

Former Harley-Davidson CMO, Bestselling Author, and Self-Described Corporate Rebel and Chief Soul Officer Shares a New Roadmap to Success

She might describe herself as Brené Brown meets biker babe—with a dash of Liz Gilbert. Shelley Paxton is a 26-year advertising and marketing veteran whose legacy is imprinted on iconic global brands like McDonald’s, Visa, and Harley-Davidson.

At the pinnacle of her career, as chief marketing officer of Harley-Davidson, she was shocked to find herself feeling “success-empty” instead of “success-full.” That awakening led her on a profound journey that became her mission, business, and bestselling book, Soulbbatical: A Corporate Rebel’s Guide to Finding Your Best Life.

Now she has found her best stride, maximizing her strengths and gifts as a self-described chief soul officer. Paxton works with leaders and teams to advocate for redefining success in ways that celebrate humanity, well-being, and soul. Her influential work is an empowering antidote to corporate burnout, attrition, and disengagement. Her ideas have gained recognition on platforms like NBC, CBS, and Forbes, making her a respected thought leader, adviser, and sought-after keynote speaker who’s been called “the next Brené Brown” by Chip Conley, New York Times bestselling author and former Airbnb executive.

Paxton’s signature keynote presentation, “Where Soul Meets Success: A
New Leadership Roadmap,” is inspiring ripples of impact (the new ROI) in lives,
businesses, and cultures. Paxton is on a mission “to liberate a billion souls to live more bold, brave, and badass.”

Don’t miss Paxton’s inspiring, energizing and game-changing presentation at THRIVE Live 2024, Oct. 21–22 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact Sarah Senges at 703-253-2042.

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