Author, Motivational Speaker, Leadership Coach and Realtor®

Shelly Breen


Adult engagements: Topics of perseverance and hope, trauma healing, equity for girls and women in sports, leadership and more.

Youth engagements: Topics related to being a children’s book author including readings for elementary-age children with motivational messages of perseverance through the lens and stories of sports. For middle and high school – addressing leadership, role-modeling, bullying, LGBTQI, suicide and more from personal experiences.

Over 100,000 in the U.S. have heard these messages from Shelly!

Contact Shelly: 763.442.0051


“We had the great privilege of having Shelly visit our elementary school and speak to our high school girls.  Her message of perseverance and hard work as told through her stories about Shelly Bean the Sports Queen was very well received.  Our students were engaged in the conversations and Shelly’s ability to relate to students from all walks of life was apparent.  Shelly is a gifted presenter with a wonderful story to tell.  The connection she made for our students was meaningful.  Shelly’s flexibility in working with our schedule and doing two very different presentations was appreciated and she handled it flawlessly.  I strongly recommend districts take advantage of the message from Shelly Bean the Sports Queen.”

Dave Endicott, Superintendent, Pine River-Backus, MN School District

About Me

As a children’s book author and public speaker, I live a very visible life. But nothing has come easy and not every day is sunny.  I want to share my journey of perseverance in the hopes that it may inspire you to be willing to take risks for the life you want or get back up and try again when you’ve fallen. 

As a child, playing sports was my sanctuary.  Whether I was on the basketball court, playing softball or golf or playing in the woods, climbing trees and riding my bike – playing sports and being outside was my escape.  It was a way to use my imagination and also use my body in a way that felt good to me.  But playing in those woods turned out to be dangerous.  That was where my trauma experiences began.

But I am a survivor. I am lucky to be alive.  I am working hard to change my life. I have learned how to get back up and try again and again.  I no longer accept being defined by my trauma – I know there is too much joy out there in the world and I want to experience it.  I am tapping into my gifts – my strengths.  I want to share my story with you and I hope to inspire YOU to get back up and try again.

“Shelly’s message was incredibly powerful for our staff to hear. Her talk was so inspirational in helping me move forward. Everyone needs to hear this message of perseverance – young and old!”

“My students and staff loved having Shelly visit with us this week.  I have heard nothing but glowing reports from everyone.  Students stayed engaged and really connected to her personal stories about the lessons she has learned from playing sports.  So many of them could relate and had stories of their own that they wanted to share.  While the books themselves are geared more for younger students, the 4th-6th grade students really got a lot out of the presentation too.” 

Nicole Herron, Media Specialist, Kerr Elem, Allen, TX

P.O. Box 231
Hamel, MN 55340