Getting to Know Shelly…
May is one of our favorite months here at College Lifestyles. It is the month where we get to specially honor our fabulous CEO, Shelly Marie Redmond, as May was dubbed “her month” by interns in 2010. Being a Registered Dietitian/Author/Speaker, the Executive Director of College Lifestyles, a member of the American Dietetic Association, and a wife/Mommie, this classy lady is always on the go. A native of Houma, Louisiana, she currently resides in Shreveport, Louisiana with her husband Greg and eight week old daughter, Mireille. Shelly attended both Nicholls State University and Louisiana Tech University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, her Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and completed her Dietetic Internship. There she was also involved with Student Programming and Residence Hall Association. She was a member of the sorority Alpha Sigma Tau, where she now currently serves as the organization’s National Vice President. Shelly has also written a book, Eat Well and Be Fabulous, that is a must read for any classy woman.
Her inspiration to form College Lifestyles developed in 2003 when she began working with interns from Louisiana Tech University. She highly enjoyed working with students, so began to travel to educate students on etiquette, nutrition and sorority life, in addition to working with her interns. While she enjoyed this to a high degree, she did not like leaving the students to fend for themselves once she had completed her visit. She had a desire to “develop resources for students to visit” once she left their schools. Shelly says, “In researching college ‘sites’ and ‘resources,’ I realized none had the ‘classy’ theme I discussed when working with students.” Shelly decided to create the website she envisioned herself, and College Lifestyles was formed in 2008.
Ten years down the road, where does Shelly envision College Lifestyles? In her words, “a full fledge on-line magazine and resource for college students from freshman year to graduate school.” Shelly believes goals make the difference, and therefore is willing to adapt and change the College Lifestyles website to accommodate students for the years to come.
Fun Facts about Shelly:
Nick name(s): Shell, whatever my daughter coos at me(!)
One word to describe me: Classy
My favorite color is: Yellow
My friends say I am: Stylish, Patient, Driven and, well, Classy (!)
My dream job is: College Lifestyles Editor in Chief (expand the site even further!)
My dream car is: I am more of an SUV person – Escalade
My favorite television shows are: This is the FIRST year I am addicted to American Idol. What Not to Wear. Oprah.
My favorite movie is: I recently saw The King’s Speech and I LOVED it. Legally Blonde and Wedding Singer.
I enjoy: Writing, reading, and pilates. Lately, I enjoy playing with the newest addition in my life – my daughter!
Early bird or night owl?: Well, now I am an early bird with Mireille
On my I-Pod is: Depeche Mode, Glee songs, Ferry Corsten (techno)
Pets: 2 pets, cats – Gizmo and Theodore Roosevelt
My fashion style is: Ladylike. I own 1 pair of jeans, the rest is skirts and dresses.
My favorite quote is: ‘Great things come in Small Packages’
My favorite class in college is/was: Speech
My favorite candy is: Twizzlers and Junior Mints
My favorite book(s) is/are: I am a marketing book junkie. I love the book Made to Stick. Freakin Fabulous by Clinton Kelly, the Sweet Potato Queen Collection
Magazines I enjoy reading are: Lucky, InStyle, Marie Claire, Martha Stewart On my desk, you will find: computer, marketing books, pens/pencils, pictures of hubby/Mireille, supplies (tape, stapler) – a typical desk
In my refrigerator, you will find: Greek yogurt, milk, formula, soy milk, juice, apples, oranges, jelly, cream cheese (do we see how I love dairy!), olives, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, leftovers
I can’t live without: iPhone, laptop, College Lifestyles, College Lifestyles Interns
My dream vacation is: Moscow, Russia
Places I’ve traveled/ countries I’ve visited: I been pretty much all over the US, except Alaska. My husband is from Ohio – and went to school in FL – so we have the pleasure of traveling to visit family/friends. My honeymoon was in Argentina – I highly recommend! I love it when: Someone opens the door for me and when Mireille smiles and coos
I dislike OR I dislike it when: People rain on my parade
I am slightly obsessed with: Social Media, American Idol, Stephen Moyer from True Blood
I work the best at (location): My desk and Barnes and Noble
On rainy days, you can find me: Inside – reading a magazine or book.
On sunny days, you can find me: Taking Mireille on a stroller walk
A great date is: with my husband having a great meal! Our lives are very fast pace so a nice meal is a great date
Coffee vs Tea: Coffee
Coke vs Pepsi: Diet Coke
Flip flops vs Stilettos: Stilettos
MAC vs PC: MAC
Must have iPhone apps are: White Noise (for Mireille and for when I travel so I can sleep), Facebook, Tweetdeck, Texting, Tetrus, Words with Friends, Foursquare
Something interesting many folks don’t know about me: Hum, besides being a Pilates junkie; I am quite short – only 5’1″
Favorite childhood memory: My family didn’t have much money, so my aunt took my brother and I to Disney World. I was on cloud nine!
Favorite college memory: Too many! Probably the fact my BFF Susan was my BFF the ENTIRE 4 years of our bachelor’s degree! The simple things – midnight trips to Wal Mart, window shopping, ‘stalking!’ The best part – Susan and I are still BFFs!
Favorite adulthood memory: Mireille
Favorite sorority/sisterhood memory: It happened after graduation! Being elected to serve as National Vice President!
I love being the CEO of College Lifestyles because: I LOVE working with students and interns! The best part is seeing how they use the experience of writing and PR and taking the experience to the next level! I feel so good when I see others succeed!
What I love MOST about College Lifestyles: The fact CL has stayed true to our ‘classy’ brand. College Lifestyles has never left our humble beginnings nor deviated from our mission. Plus, I love working with such fabulous young women! Mireille has such wonderful women to look up to!
Speaking of Miss Mireille…
Shelly’s daughter, Mirelle Claire Redmond, was born on March 16th (She is 8 weeks old, today!). Mireille enjoys taking pictures, cooing, smiling, and bathtime, and is better known by some as “Meems” and/or “Blueberry.” She likes the color pink and her fashion style is ladylike, as she enjoys wearing headbands with flowers. She enjoys when her Mommie dresses her up, sings to her, and soothes her to sleep. She also enjoys physical activities, such as tummy time, with her Daddy. Mireille looks forward to being a future College Lifestyles lady because she wants to a classy lady, just like her sweet Mommie. We love you, Mireille!
Shelly’s Interns Think the World of Her!
As interns at College Lifestyles, we are blessed to call Shelly our CEO. Shelly desires to see us succeed, both as interns for College Lifestyles and in our personal lives as well. What some of Shelly’s interns have to say about her:
“Shelly has such a beautiful heart. She has taught me so much, taking me under her wing as one of her interns. The amount of patience Shelly shows with each of us is phenomenal, as well as the amount of understanding she demonstrates. I am blessed by the wisdom she has shared with me, and am grateful to have been a part of the College Lifestyles family for the last year.” -Abby Bryant
“Shelly is not only a wonderful person, but she is also a great director for College Lifestyles! Her passion shows in every aspect of her work and life. Even though she just had a baby, she is still keeping up with all of her wonderful interns to make sure we stay on the same page. Her upbeat, positive attitude always puts a smile on my face and makes me want to go above and beyond. Shelly is an amazing person who truly deserves all the great things in life! Thank you, Shelly, for making this internship experience one that I will never forget. ” -Becky Alberico
“She is super dedicated to what she does and also such a genuine person and CEO. From the moment I spoke to her on the phone for my interview, I knew she was truly invested in CL and really cared about her interns. I love working for CL and am so grateful to be a part of something so classy, so great–so Shelly!” -Erica Avesian
“Shelly is super sweet and such a great role model. She emits positive energy, she’s understanding and is genuinely caring!” -Grace Gavilanes
“I love Shelly because she’s like the house mom for our second sorority as CL interns. She is such an inspiration and such a wonderful person. She’s so good at being able to bounce ideas off of, and she has such faith in each and every one of us to run with our ideas. I couldn’t ask for a better person to learn from because she’s so incredibly passionate about what she does, and whether she realizes it or not, she instills that same passion in her interns. We love you “Mama” Shelly!” -Jacqui Brown
“I love Shelly for how sweet, caring and hardworking she is. Nothing slows her down, and it is truly amazing to see someone accomplish so much and do it with such genuine character and devotion, all while maintaining a family. I love working at College Lifestyles for how much creativity and room to grow it has given me, as well as having a wonderfully supportive network of interns and an awesome CEO. I know this is corny because it gets said all the time, but Shelly is an inspiration to all of us.” -Jessica Salerno
“I love Shelly because she really makes us girls feel comfortable working for her. Though it is a job (and an awesome one at that!) I feel like I can talk to Shelly about anything and that she is our biggest cheerleader! Being an intern at College Lifestyles was an amazing experience and I am more excited than I can put into words for the ladies who will follow in our footsteps and have the chance to work for and with Shelly, because she truly is an amazing woman!” -Jordan Ellis
“I love that Shelly is always very supportive, helpful, and positive. She’s been a positive presence in my life since my phone interview before I even became an intern, and I’m a better person for knowing her! I’m going to miss being CL intern so much because I love the other interns and Shelly and the little family she’s created.” -Kat McClain
“Shelly is not only an amazing boss who pushes me to be a more creative and engaging writer, she’s a wonderful woman who genuinely cares about all of us at CL. I’m so thankful to have been given this opportunity to work with a team of truly amazing young women!” -Lauren Zeinstra
“I love working with Shelly because she is such a positive leader! Even though we have never met face to face, I feel like she is a mentor I can count on for life. She’s the best!” -Leslie Campbell
“Shelly is a very special person and a positive inspiration in my life. I look up to her professionally, but most importantly I admire her strong character. She is loved by many and for very good reasons. I feel incredibly lucky that I came across College Lifestyles because it provided me with opportunities to grow as a writer and a person. Shelly has created a tremendous website and organization and I am proud to be a part of it. She is a wonderful person with a lot of talent and joy to share with the world!” -Maggie Young
“I love working for CL with Shelly because as interns we don’t just work FOR her, we work with her! She always asks for input on ideas she has or asks us for new ideas. It’s nice to have that kind of interaction as an intern! She truly values our opinions, and makes us feel special!” -Patrice Basso
Happy “Miss Shelly Marie” Month!!!
WE LOVE YOU, SHELLY!
Abby Bryant is an intern with College Lifestyles™. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Georgia College & State University®, where she was also the president of her sorority, Sigma Alpha Omega®. She considers herself blessed to have been an intern with College Lifestyles for the last year, and will miss her “College Lifestyles family” so much. She would especially like to thank Shelly for being the amazing person that she is. Abby wishes all the best to College Lifestyles and its fabulous readers and would like to remind everyone that there are three things a girl should be: classy, fabulous, and a CL lady! Much love to you all! And Happy Miss Shelly Marie Month!