Shelley Huffman

Shelley Huffman

Director, College and Career Readiness


Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I took advantage of diverse work experiences and internships while I was in high school and college.
Pursued a double major that allowed future career flexibility.
Networked with professionals in careers I was interested in pursuing.
Continued my commitment to life-long learning by obtaining a MBA and professional certificates.

Education

High School
Bachelor
Political Science and Business
Ball State University
Graduate
MBA
Butler University

Career

Director, College and Career Readiness

I advance research related to education and talent development to benefit employers and Hoosiers.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Non-Profit Organizations
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

The optimist in me believes that each day is great when your passionate about your work. A typical day involves many phone conversations and meetings with diverse groups, partners, and colleagues to plan, organize and execute initiatives that I manage. My work involves developing innovative and practical solutions to increase educational attainment in Indiana that can be replicated statewide. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by great colleagues, partners, and others that I can learn from.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Strong communication skills and a willingness to work collaboratively with others to co-create solutions is essential. Technology proficiency is an essential skill that I continue to develop. Because I have taken advantage of unique opportunities in the private, public and non-profit sectors, I have a better perspective of challenges both students and employers have in talent development and education attainment. Career development requires a commitment to life-long learning in any profession.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Become involved in extra curricular activities, clubs, and volunteer with organizations that interest you. This will develop your time management, communication and organizational skills. Seek counsel from teachers, parents, mentors, or school counselors that can connect you with someone experienced in an education/business-related non-profit profession. Take advantage of all opportunities to work and learn about career areas of interest. Keep pushing through barriers with the help of others.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
graduate
Graduate

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"Don't leave your current position, you will have to start at the bottom of the corporate hierarchy to switch careers.--Not so, but its good to weigh all advice."