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Kim Shepherd Addresses Fear of Failure at Girl Scouts Voice for Girls 2015

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Decision Toolbox CEO Kim Shepherd (far right) Featured Panelist at Voice for Girls 2015

The Pressure of Perfection and Fear of Failure: Voice for Girls 2015 Addresses Impact on Girls and Society

Why do so many girls feel the need to be perfect? What shapes girls’ belief that anything short of perfection is failure? A packed room of 180 Orange County business and community leaders, together with local girls, filled the Pacific Club in Newport Beach on Friday, May 8 for a much needed conversation on this critical issue: girls’ fear of failure and their need for perfectionism as barriers to achieving their dreams.

Panelists, including Decision Toolbox CEO Kim Shepherd, discussed how their careers and experiences have shaped their views on embracing fear and taking on new challenges.

Kim Shepherd, whose virtual HR company has been named three years running to the INC 500/5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies, has gone through several career changes before arriving at her current position. She shared that she doesn’t consider her previous career endeavors as a Sports Commentator for ESPN & NBC Sports, Foreign Correspondent for CBS News, Director of Entertainment for Club Med and a “near miss” on the Olympic ski team, as “failures.” She encouraged girls to define their own personal best, not hold themselves to others’ standards.

Attendees took the messages they heard throughout the morning and worked together to write an “Open Letter to All Girls,” encouraging them to push past through their fears and take on the challenges necessary for growth. After the event, the messages of encouragement will be shared with 22,000 Orange County Girl Scouts, inspiring them to achieve their dreams.

Orange County Register covered the event in Heather Skyler’s article: Parents, foster the success of dealing with failure.

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