Birkman VP of Innovation, Amy Shepley, is a third generation Birkman family leader with seventeen years of experience working with organizational behavior and perception. She is the granddaughter of Birkman founder and esteemed industrial-organizational psychologist Dr. Roger W. Birkman, and daughter of chairman and CEO, Sharon Birkman.
In her current role, Amy leads a team working with a global network of consultants and corporate clients to enhance the usability of The Birkman Method to solve modern organizational challenges. She’s one of the most in-demand workshop facilitators for highly successful companies, due to her deep understanding of the product and wide-ranging experience applying solutions within a broad set of industries. Amy cultivated her professional expertise on top of undergraduate study in psychology and an MBA from Tulane University.
Amy’s professional success story is one filled with exceptional grit and passion. Following undergraduate study at the University of Texas, she started her career in a grim, post-9/11 job market as a bookkeeper for a Houston business. Mismatched for her interests and strengths, Amy learned the vital importance of understanding individual personality to create organizational success.
She soon began her journey at Birkman filing paperwork and answering phones. As time went on, she developed a new professional relationship with her grandfather, in which the quiet Dr. Birkman opened up to discuss his latest ideas. Curious, engaged and invigorated, their intergenerational dynamic sparked Amy’s ongoing passion for innovation in organizational success.
Looking back on her journey so far, Amy says she’s exceptionally proud of the career milestone directing the creation of our flagship product, the Birkman Signature Report. This high-impact rollout shifted how we present components, scales, aesthetics, and Birkman terminology, leading to incredible growth in organizational effectiveness worldwide. Another proud moment sees Amy’s unconventional thought leadership about perception and mindset lead her to present at the coveted SXSW Conference in 2019.
The Birkman Family is proud to have Amy develop the next generation of world-class organizational solutions. Watch this space!