Cassandra Shepard, MBA, SPHR is an Executive Coach and Life Strategist.  After skyrocketing her career as an international C-suite executive in a male-dominated $850M global organization, Cassandra specializes in working with corporate women and female entrepreneurs to build their careers and businesses by removing their blocks and fears around leadership and marketing.

Successfully creating promotions and profits for leaders and small business owners over the years, she founded Shepherd+CO LLC and funneled her expertise into her Polished For Promotion and DrivenGirl signature systems to support professional women to leapfrog towards what is magnificent and possible in their careers and lives, and be well-rewarded for it.

Prior to founding Shepherd+CO, Cassandra served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President for Compassion International where she served as the CEO’s right-hand partner and advisor: part confidant and part all-around strategic consultant to mobilize vision, strategy, values, and engage change in complex, dynamic, global environments.  In her dual-executive role, she led Compassion’s global functions for: Strategy, Leadership Development, Organization Design, Corporate Communications, Project & Process Management, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Board Support, and the Presidential Office Operations.

Cassandra brought a robust breadth and depth of leadership experience to Compassion, having previously served as its Vice President of Human Resources in which she was responsible for assuring the effective employment, engagement and management of human resources worldwide, and as Compassion’s Director of Risk Management.

Before Compassion, Cassandra held leadership roles in public education, consumer goods and the financial and technology industries, having enjoyed success in organizations like Pepsi-Cola and T-Mobile.  

Cassandra received an Associate of Arts degree in Interior Design from Arapahoe Community College, a Bachelor degree in Marketing from California State University, Fresno, and obtained a Master of Business Administration from Duke University’s Global Executive program.  She is certified as a Senior Professional of Human Resources, as well as a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst and Certified Professional Values Analyst through Target Training International. She is also a Certified Coach Graduate of CoachU, the leading global provider of coach training programs.

When she’s not working or traveling the globe, Cassandra loves spending quality time with her family and friends.  Since her kids are active in sports, you can usually find her at the basketball court, outdoor track or dance studio cheering them on — but never without her lipstick.  Cassandra loves interior design, reading and cooking. She is also deeply passionate about helping women and children around the world.