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About Second Circle

We partner with leaders, teams and organizations that care about people and the planet to design and execute creative, trusted and responsive solutions and approaches built on human-centered principles and practices.  We concurrently attend to people, processes and systems, achieving strategic and sustainable outcomes while infusing moments of insight, delight and connection along the way. We collaborate closely with clients at every step to bring their vision to fruition.

About Shelley Paul

Shelley Paul, founder and chief creative strategist, provides professional coaching, creative and strategic consulting, and masterful facilitation for leaders, teams, organizations and communities. Before launching Second Circle, she most recently served as Head of Research and Learning Design at Atlanta International School. 


With more than 20 years of experience working in education, non-profit and corporate settings, Shelley brings a unique background and deep expertise in collaborative leadership, participatory problem-solving, stakeholder engagement, strategic process design and skillful facilitation to her work and engagement with clients and communities around the world.


Shelley is committed to her own intercultural learning and to engaging in practices and actions that advance equity, inclusion and justice. She is a Stanford trained design thinker, coach and mentor. She models and facilitates ways of working that are humane, effective and sustainable.

She will draw you a stick figure version of anything you request.

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