About Me

Shelia Higgs Burkhalter (aka Shiggs)

About Shiggs

I am a bestselling author, accomplished speaker, facilitator, and a certified Executive & Leadership Transitions Coach with 28 years of experience in the higher education sector. I specialize in helping aspiring executives and leaders to successfully transition to their next level of leadership.

I believe in people, values, and leading with heart. I incorporate my knowledge of leadership, people, communication, and energy to create a transformational experience for my clients. 100% of my Leader on the Rise clients have successfully transitioned to next level leadership roles.

I hold an MBA from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, a Master of Education in Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University at Bloomington, and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication & Political Science.

Shelia affirmed what I know that I am. She helped me to see that second-guessing oneself isn’t helpful in a leadership role. She also demonstrated how focused self-reflection is important for achieving my goals. Key questions such as “What do you want?” and “What values do you have and are they aligned with what you’ve done so far?” focused me and simultaneously broadened my scope. I walked away knowing that I deserve joy and making the decision to consciously choose joy. 

~Heather, non-profit executive