Hearts Awakening Board Members

 Founder & CEO, Valerie Sheppard


Valerie Sheppard is a catastrophic-stroke survivor, life-mastery expert, #1 best-selling author, Founding Member of the Evolutionary Business Council, and CEO of The Heart of Living Vibrantly, Center for Mindfulness and Self-Mastery. 

lectures for the Paul Merage School of Business and Student Affairs, and she is the faculty advisor for the UCI chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success and the Mindfulness at UCI Club. Her passion is helping young adults de-stress and meet life’s ups and downs with more courage, confidence, inner peace and happiness. Valerie’s #1 best-selling book Living Happy to Be ME!: Dancing Your Soul Lightstyle© is the centerpiece of her transformational teaching, and her partnership with the University of California, Irvine where she’s piloting her Consciousness-raising content in a ​curriculum called Living 101: Being Happy and Whole.

She was featured on the August 2016 cover of Eydis Magazine™, has been published in award-winning 11:11™ Magazine, and is a Featured Luminary on InspireMeToday.com™. She has also been featured contributor to numerous leadership and heart-centered living radio shows, podcasts and tele-summits.

Valerie is recipient of the 2016 Spotlight Award (The Dynamic Women of UCI), the 2016 BLAC Excellence Award (Black Advancement Leadership Coalition at UCI), and the Excellence in Service Award (National Society of Leadership and Success). Other prestigious recognition includes the 2015 Unstoppable Award (Evolutionary Business Council), the 2013 Life Enrichment Award (Rock Life), and a 2012 nomination for both the Outstanding Woman in Business Award (Orange County Business Journal) and the Rising Star Award (National Association of Female Executives).

Valerie holds an MBA from the Whitman School at Syracuse University, where she graduated with honors and received seven faculty awards for excellence.

 Anurag Asthana

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Anurag Asthana is currently serving as the Executive Director & Member of the Board of Directors of Global Business Services, for the Hewlett Packard Company in Palo Alto, California. Prior to this, he was a business strategy consultant in the operations and technology group at Booz Allen & Hamilton, with functional expertise in strategy & transformation.  Prior to joining Booz Allen & Hamilton, he was a Product Manager at Progressive Corporation at its Headquarters in Mayfield, Ohio.  Anurag also served in the Special Operations Marine Core of the Indian Navy.

Anurag holds an M.B.A. degree in Corporate Strategy & Marketing from the Ross School of Business, at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he received one of the five meritorious Full Term Fellowships. He also attended the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University where he studied Corporate Finance. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology with a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering.  In addition to supporting the mission and vision of Hearts Awakening, Anurag sits on the Board of two other non-profits.

Don Hobbs

DonHobbs-HeadshotA visionary leader and seasoned business executive, Don Hobbs began his seminar career at the early age of 18 when he went to work for internationally renowned businessman and speaker, Jim Rohn, one of the true pioneers of the global personal development movement. In 1986, he co-founded Hobbs/Herder Advertising, an industry interrupter and leader in real estate marketing.

He also founded Hobbs/Herder Insurance Marketing Systems, Hobbs/Herder Training, JDG Real Estate and Development.  Don has served on boards of several other industry changers like Money Mastery for Life, iSucceed and NewKey Financial.

As a coach, trainer, speaker and business consultant since the mid 1970’s, Don has spoken to more than 1 million people. Articles by or about him have appeared in countless publications including The New York, The LA Times and countless real estate industry publications. In the real estate business, Realtor Magazine named Don, to their annual “Top 25 Most Influential People in Real Estate”.


Jeannie Whyte

JWhyte-HeadshotAfter 15 years of success in her career in the computer industry, including being named one of the top female businesswomen in the United States, Jeannie left the corporate world to become an entrepreneur in 1996. She started her own video production company that specialized in culturally accurate educational videos on social issues. She was awarded a commendation from Montgomery County, Maryland for her work with the Hispanic community. Jeannie also was named “Volunteer of the Month” after several visits to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She conducted healing workshops with displaced residents, volunteers, and the social workers of the United Way and the Salvation Army.

Her focus since 1979 has been to actively pursue her spiritual purpose, and Jeannie was guided to spiritual mentors who guided her to develop her psychic and intuitive abilities. After doing thousands of readings/healings, Jeannie realized she’d developed her own safe and effective techniques to help others activate their psychic and intuitive powers.

Today, Jeannie has a full-time practice offering classes, healing workshops, and psychic readings. In addition, she is a practitioner and study group leader of Matrix Energetics, a Usui Tibetan Reiki Master, a Third Degree Usui Reiki Practitioner, and an Arching Radial Light Practitioner.