Certified personal development coach, community activist, and author, Hannika Shellings, has a heart-driven mission and investment in human capital. With a traumatic past filled with adoption, depression, and a 30-day jail sentence at the age of 18, Hannika understands firsthand the importance of purposeful leadership development.
Utilizing her shortcomings and setbacks as a catalyst for vulnerable transformation, she used emotional intelligence to achieve her Bachelor of Hospitality Management and Master of Public Administration. She then began building her resume working in luxury hotels, leading and developing dynamic teams. Successfully, Hannika has improved TripAdvisor rankings from bottom 30 to top 10 within a year, increased departmental revenue, and developed subordinates into leadership roles.
After achieving credible success and working her way up the corporate ladder into a director role, Hannika knew her mission stemmed beyond hotel management. In 2017, Hannika founded Leaders in Pink Inc., a social and emotional learning program for girls grades 6-12. The program has provided services to students in the Sarasota, Volusia, and Dade County areas. Leaders in Pink has also partnered with companies, such as YMCA, Booker T. Middle, Level Up, D.I.V.A.S. of Sarasota, and Westin Hotel.
Hannika's humanizing and vulnerable approach to the development of others has allowed her to achieve consistent growth and build valuable relationships with many throughout the nation. In 2020, Hannika's forward-thinking paradigm enabled her to identify and address the pervasive need for leadership development on all levels, leading her to form Leadersville Academy.