Serving and inspiring while making a difference in the lives of others and creating
impacts that will outlive me is what I'm most passionate about.
Workplace Peace Advocate + Inspiration Enthusiast
Sometimes, numbers do lie! Statistics say, children, who are raised in domestically violent homes and/or homes filled with substance abuse and poverty, are less likely to succeed and more likely to become products of their environment. However, this wasn’t the case for Rahkal C. D. Shelton, author, speaker, workplace peace advocate, and inspiration enthusiast. Those were her statistics; however, the self-proclaimed “rose from concrete” triumphed over them.
Born on the Southside of Chicago to a 19-year-old drug addict and high school dropout, her tumultuous childhood should have guaranteed future failure. But she persevered, proving that “your past doesn’t have to dictate your future and manifestation is the product of action,” as she boldly states.
Rahkal not only desired to overcome adversity; she put in the work. Fast forward: She is a first-generation college graduate and HBCU alum, whose resume is lined with accomplishments and work histories with well-known corporate entities.
In 2009, Rahkal’s passion was ignited. She found her purpose while working for the Chicago Public School System as a mentor and organizer.
This discovery led to working with disadvantaged youth and coaching employees within elite corporate structures. Rahkal holds a Master’s degree in Media Communications and has over 12 years of experience working for conglomerates, including CNN, Warner Media (formerly Turner Broadcasting System Inc.), iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel Communications), Fox Chicago News, and WGN.
In 2019, Rahkal exited the corporate arena with desires to empower and promote workplace peace consistently. Coining herself the workplace peace advocate and inspiration enthusiast, she uses her voice as a platform to educate and empower. Rahkal passionately serves culture through sharing her story and teaching personal and professional development strategies.
She is the author of Dreams Bigger Than Texas, Blackbird, and Woosah: A Survival Guide for Women of Color Working in Corporate. Her heart beats to the rhythm of her life’s mantra: Be the Inspired You.
Be The Inspired You is my personal mantra.
My mission is to challenge individuals to be the best version of themselves in the workplace and in life.
I help people tap into their full potential, through positive mindset strategies and personal and professional developmental coaching!
Intentional development, mindfulness, and affirmations are SEEDS for success. When planted and watered frequently, mindsets evolve, producing a harvest of positive beliefs, changes in behavior, and manifestation.
2017, I lost four of the closest people in my entire life within eight months. If this wasn't challenging enough, I started a new career and took in two children (as a result of one of the deaths). Battling grief, the stress of instant single motherhood, life, workplace pressures, and anxiety...my health declined rapidly! I found myself in an unfamiliar dark space and clinically depressed.
Guess what? I still had to show up to work and in life. So instead of rolling over, I merged my experiences with my desire to inspire!
Consequently, I became a workplace peace advocate, among other things :). I am all about supporting development, mindfulness, and encouraging a healthy work-life balance. I learned that if you can change your mind, you can change your life.
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