Who Am I?
My name is Shea Harty. I am a New Yorker currently living in Amsterdam. I have branded and rebranded myself more times than I can count. Each time was completely scary and each one was completely different. As a child I was pretty quiet, an introvert. I was happy to stay home with my books and having one good friend was enough for me. But I wanted to do more. I wanted to work on Wall Street selling stocks and bonds. I knew that I needed to bring out a different side of me to make it there.
I did not get to work on Wall Street, at the Stock Exchange. I did, however, sell Mazda cars, found models as a talent scout, was a cashier in a bank (where I was robbed!), sold mutual funds and insurance, became an expert at SAP HR information systems (at a library), went to law school, became a Talent Manager in a foreign country (the Netherlands), was made redundant and became a contractor, started a foundation (Empower Amsterdam), went back to the tech industry (through the Amsterdam Women in Tech Regatta) and I am positive I am not nearly finished. With each new brand, I try something new. Some things worked well and some things didn’t work, at all. But I took what I learned to the next chapter in my life and kept trying. It made me braver and more willing to stretch my comfort zone. I learned that there are so many sides to me that they cannot be contained in one job or one location. It is just who I am. Now when people meet me they would never think that I am an introvert. I am not just one thing and neither are you.
Now I am my experience & expertise to help others as a career and business advisor. Together we’ll figure out your journey and the right path for you.
For more details about my work history you can check out my LinkedIn Profile.
What is the What If Project?
Inspired by the quote from Erin Hanson
"There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask "What if I fall?"
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?"
The What if Project was started to help people create and seize opportunities. For people who want to make changes to be more ambitious with their careers or to start a business. This is about going after your aspirations without fear because you have a plan.