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BLC Podcast Recap: Shelley Mitchell

Since Boss Lady Coaching is all about encouraging women to be brave, who better to talk to than an expert in risk management? Shelley is the Vice President of Risk for Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, a mom, and investor in Heels Together.

While on the surface a career in accounting may not sound like an adventure, Shelley's career is proof that you can explore a variety of environments and businesses.

"I did public accounting as an auditor and got to see how organizations worked. From large universities to complex hospital systems, I really got to see the 'ins and outs' and learn more than the average person would in that time."

In this role, Shelley had to provide constructive feedback to a range of businesses.

"How cool is it that a few years out of college you get to see how the entire organization is working? Now I get to use my knowledge and expertise not only to guide the audit process and the organization but also help the organization make strategic decisions."

As a working mom with a demanding schedule, Shelley was selective about what type of work environment she sought out.

"I'm 30 years old and I get to be at the table making decisions for the largest credit union in the state. That tells me my boss doesn't care about my gender. He doesn't care about my age. He cares about what I bring to the table and that's true for our entire organization and culture. It's pretty cool that regardless of background, we can get in a room and push back with each other and still be happy with where we end up."

We cover a lot of ground in this conversation, including how to have healthy debates at work, identify a family-friendly workplace, and what to look for in a boss. We hope you have as much fun listening as we did making this episode.

Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • Why feedback is so important to Millennials

  • What happened in a job interview that made Shelley know she wanted to work for that company

  • What questions you should ask your teammates as a boss or mentor

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