Shelly Antley, Business Development Director, PSI
SMPS Member since 2004
How has SMPS helped you in your career? I met some of my best advisors, friends and champions through SMPS early in my career. To this day, we are still each other’s biggest fans and supporters and continue to learn from each other.
SMPS has given me access to some exceptional networking and learning opportunities. Most importantly, the network and knowledge base is extensive (both local and national) – they want you to succeed – so if you have a question ask it!
Can you offer a helpful hint for fellow SMPS members? Stay connected to the people who make a difference for you both personally and professionally.
What has been your memorable SMPS event to date, and why? SMPS National Conference 2017 – we were short-listed for a Crystal Award and the experience was such fun. The sessions were rich in content, inspiring, and educational. I loved every moment. If you EVER have the opportunity to attend National – go for it.
Describe your typical work day. Seriously, is there such a thing?
If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why? Traffic. Imagine how much more productive we would be.
What’s the best career advice you have ever received?
- Remember that everyone matters.
- Pick your battles.
- Dress for the job you want.
- If you can read, you can cook. (Okay, that’s not “career” but it’s great advice).
What would you do with a year off? Assuming unlimited resources, I would travel around the world, immerse myself in the different cultures, and take cooking classes in every country.
What do you enjoy most about Houston? I’m a native Texan, almost a native Houstonian, and a foodie. We live in one of the largest U.S. cities and I think that our restaurant scene is hard to beat. We have some of the best Tex-Mex in the state (except for El Paso) then I’m going to have to go with El Paso.
The Houston art community is continuing to develop and that makes me happy. Winter Street, Sawyer Yards, and EaDo are three places for you to check it out. Go for the art, stay for the fun.
How do you kick-back? We collect wine which means we also drink wine. Next?
What is your favorite film? Everything with Kathryn Hepburn, especially “Bringing Up Baby.” High-brow stuff.
What would we find playing on your iPod, or phone, etc. Audiobooks. Between long commutes and lots of “car time,” I can go through a book every week! So, when someone asks, “Have you read…” it’s highly likely that I have or soon will. If not a book, it would be gritty old blues – and include B.B. King.
What’s the one thing you already own that you can’t live without? My Nespresso machine. I love it so much.