Shelly Bartosek

Join me in a CIRCLE OF SELF DISCOVERY where, together, we may

Thrive – Bloom – Flourish

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you." -Joseph Campbell

About Me


After a 20-year corporate career, I transitioned to a career in higher education, instructing business courses. Following a desire to more fully meld my business background with higher education, I earned my Educational Leadership Ph.D. in August 2019, having researched transitions and emerging adults (think young adults), exploring how to support students throughout college and early career life transitions successfully.

Beyond pursuing a career in higher education, it is my desire to support and encourage others.

In response to this calling, I began consulting in 2013, with a rollout of a rebranded Shelly Bartosek Consulting in late 2019. But my inner voice continued speaking to me, challenging me to do more, and has begun to reveal itself beyond any dream I had previously dared to dream. In the process of embarking upon a new adventure, re-framing consultant into a facilitator, I enrolled in the Sedona Women’s Institute Facilitator Training program and renamed my consulting business to –

Circle of Self Discovery


Initially, retreats and workshops for women who, like myself, are navigating the seasons of life. I know your life is full of chaos, and you hardly have any time for yourself. That’s my life!

Creating unique Women’s Retreats and workshops was built out of a need to create my own personal space where I might rediscover myself, interests, passions, and experience life on my own terms. Out of this desire emerged a deep calling, a need, to create a space where I could invite women to come together.

Uniquely curated women’s retreats and workshops provide space for you to THRIVE | BLOOM | FLOURISH — Embracing the seasons of your life, celebrating the individual journey of living as experienced and valued by you.

Yet, there was more! Beyond women’s retreats, within the Circle of Self-Discovery, I also curated programming for adventure travel. Building upon a passion for travel and love of supporting others, my most recent extension of programming has been a wonderful extension of programming to embrace adult travelers, developing unique small group travel programs as Circle of Self-Discovery grows and evolves to more fully align with my personal, professional self-developing custom and unique programming, coaching and consulting. 

Uniquely Crafted Programs

Providing inspiring, transformational retreats and programs since 2020.  Customized small group retreats, weekends, and workshops.

Also available is a personalized, private retreat designed just for you and your special group.

Filling weekends and longer with adventures, domestic and international.

Success Coaching

Uniquely curated one-on-one Transition Success Coaching.

Professional Consulting

Supporting Educators and Employers envisioning tomorrow’s workforce. Qualitative Researcher specializing in Emerging Adult Theory and Transition Theory.

FREE OFFER Just because you're you!

Excited to share with you, as part of this FREE workbook from SHELLYBARTOSEK.COM, this original artwork, and a poem by Kim. The cover art and poem were both created as a one-of-a-kind commission in celebration of my passion for supporting others as they navigate the transitions of life. It was a true delight to work with Kim, sharing ideas for the piece while inviting Kim to “do what she does best” and CREATE a piece that exceeded all of my expectations. Bringing my passion for coaching, nurturing, and supporting others through the transitions of life.

Enjoy! – Shelly


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Educational Leadership, Higher Education
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), Management
  • Sedona Women’s Institute, Facilitator Certification
  • Leadership Midland, 2014
  • Great Lakes Bay Institute for Leaders, 2015, Ambassador

Proven Experience


  • Founder, Owner, Lead Success Coach – Shelly Bartosek’s Circle of Self Discovery
  • Instructor, Lecturer II – Central Michigan University
  • Consultant – St. Michael’s Learning Academy
  • Six Sigma Implementation Team – Dow Chemical

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