• Dame Shellie Ann Hunt

The Empowered Woman

Updated: Apr 8

We are the Modern Woman.

We are the women of today, not the women of 20 years ago who were faced with an either/or choice. A choice between either sacrificing family for career or career for family. We stand authentically empowered and we seek balance in our lives knowing it is possible for us to have it all.

Both a great marriage and a fantastic career come from balance and technique that most of us were not exposed to. Most of us either had women in our lives who were like my grandmother who was strictly a homemaker or women like my mother who stood and burned her bra as a first line corporate executive.

Today we embrace all parts of that which we are that make us whole as women. We are the daughters, the sisters, the friends, the lovers, and the wives, and we accept our love and ourselves in wholeness.

We are the groundbreaking generation for empowered women who follow. As we set new standards, we do so with more knowledge, kindness, and understanding. Successful relationships all have some things in common and I have included a few guidelines to obtain that success.

First is communication. As women, we are Omni-directional and we can multi-task easily. Men, on the other hand, are much more lateral thinking. Give him A to B, one step at time. It is proven that we, as women, make more decisions by ten in the morning than a man normally does all day long. This is simply because our brains are physically and scientifically wired differently.

If anyone has ever wondered if this has any truth to it, then all you need to do is have your guy sit at the table with you and three of your girlfriends. While the girls start out talking on one subject, instantly switch to another for a moment, and quickly go back to the original subject of conversation, women will follow the conversation. However, typically you will find your guy wondering what shoes have to do with chocolate. He will still be wondering where the first conversation went or will have given up trying to follow your multiple subjects going on at the same time. This is something I have seen in my work with couples time and time again.

When we recognize this, it can make clearer communication much easier, leading to greater partnership and a more lasting degree of intimacy in the long run. This knowledge is a key to lasting relationships and marriages.

The second great key is what I call leveling the waters. It comes from an old Indian story that goes something like this – the Indian warriors would go out of the village for several days at a time to hunt and when they returned, they would circle outside the village and camp for several days. They knew they had been in a different mode, a warrior mode, and yet the village had gone on with its day-to-day calm and relaxed pace. We, as modern women, could easily take our work mode home (Joan of Arc personality instead of the wife personality). But, what if you just sat at the end of your street or driveway (or any type of ritual that works for you) and just let the day go, allowing you to walk into your home and return to your family with a calmer and more relaxed attitude. There is great value in this. Keeping your personal and intimate time separate from your work time is crucial to having balance in a woman’s life.

The third and final key is making your home a place of sanctuary. It should be a retreat from the rest of the world for you and your new husband. Your own love nest, so to speak. The world can be crazy enough and it is a fact that those couples that have a joint place of peace and intimacy find a more lasting connection, in-depth love, and better lovemaking.

As we move into the future, we are becoming the women forerunners for a new way of living. And we can do it without the old guilt of the past. We can be the guides of our new future. We can set the new examples for women that will bring more harmony to our home, life, and love.

Article originally published in Bridal Fantasy 2011


Shellie Hunt’s gift of transformational impact has taken her clients beyond motivation, to lasting results through teaching the precise “How to” in the designs of your success from the inside out! Global Entrepreneur, Business Strategist, International Motivational Speaker, Trauma Expert, Author of the “Success is by Design” Series and TV executive producer.

She has appeared as a featured host/speaker in a documentary series entitled “Freedom” for the Human Potential Network. Shellie currently is a proud member of the Alliance of Women and Media, which promotes positive progress and change for women and sits as a judge for the last seven years for nationally televised Gracie Awards. Shellie acts as a board member for the National Women’s Political Caucus, and hosted the 2014 Emma Awards. She is also on the Advisory Board for the California Women’s Conference.

In 2014, the special honor of knighthood was bestowed upon Dame Shellie Ann Hunt by the Order of St. John, and in 2015, Shellie became the proud recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from President Obama. As the First Lady of Entrepreneurs, she has served well over tens of thousands of women and children worldwide in outreach programs. Shellie has also taught reintegration to Veterans in transition at Cal State Long Beach.

Shellie has currently been described in the international press as “One of the best orators and coaches of human potential available for public speaking and a master of business structure and multiple sources of income.” Her speaking skills and courses cover the full spectrum. She has focused her life’s work in the realm of human potential and business success. Shellie has presented to and coached well over ten thousand individuals from all walks of life. These include CEO’s, business owners, inventors, authors, managers, Supreme Court judge, blue-collar industries, teen trainings, as well as the general public.

For over 25 years Shellie Hunt has specialized in personal improvement and corporate leadership trainings. She has worked with major corporations to include Time Warner, M3, The Young Entrepreneurs Society, VH1, Pacific Electric, and Kimberly Clark to name a few. Having grown up in poverty, Shellie’s passion and mission is to show people they too can create their own life success and awaken to all that is possible! In 2011, Shellie was awarded International Women’s Day Outstanding Service Award for Excellence and was honored with the 2013 Global Humanitarian Award at the World Congress Center. One of her proudest accomplishments is that she is a single mom. Shellie and her daughter are working on a new TV Show and love working together to empower others from Southern California, to all over the world.

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