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Episode #253 Mindset And Entrepreneurship In Public Health, With Shannon Salentine, MPH


On This Episode Of The Public Health Epidemiology Conversations (PHEC) Podcast


Leaving your job to become a coach or a consultant, or to start your own business can be daunting. It can also be incredibly rewarding. In this episode, Shannon Salentine joins us to discuss some of the challenges of setting yourself up as an entrepreneur in public health and strategies for creating a meaningful business. Shannon is an executive leadership coach, facilitator, and global development consultant. She’s also the founder of the coaching company, Lead for Good. She works one-on-one with individuals and groups to find clarity in their purpose, take action, and make a difference in the world. Shannon believes that radical self-trust, understanding your life purpose, and acting courageously are keys to living the fully integrated and authentic life you deserve. In this conversation, we shed light on some of the mistakes we made when starting businesses, the unhealthy work habits we chose to break, and how we avoid saying yes to everything and burning ourselves out. We believe that the best reason to leave your current job is so that you can better serve others and go change the world. If this sounds like something you want to do, tune in to hear our top three tips to help you succeed as an entrepreneur!


Meet Shannon


Shannon Salentine is an executive leadership coach, facilitator, and global development consultant. She works one on one with individuals and groups to find clarity in their purpose, take action, and make a difference in the world. Shannon believes that radical self-trust, understanding your life purpose, and acting courageously are keys to living the fully integrated and authentic life you deserve. She is the Founder of Lead for Good, a coaching company that supports leaders and organizations to reimagine, reconnect, and recommit support for those who are taking the steps to make a difference in our world.



Listen To This Episode Of The Public Health Epidemiology Conversations (PHEC) Podcast



Conversation Highlights


  • An introduction to today’s guest, Shannon Salentine, her history in public health, and her career as a leadership coach.

  • How she came to be public and global health-focused in her coaching.

  • Some of the reasons people come into entrepreneurship.

  • Insight into what led Dr. Huntley to start her business.

  • How people often become entrepreneurs inadvertently while trying to become consultants.

  • Some of the things that changed for Shannon when she realized she had a business.

  • A work habit that Shannon forced herself to break when stepping out on her own.

  • Dr. Huntley’s goal to make Mondays her favorite day of the week when starting her business.

  • Why, when starting a business, you should ask yourself what change you’d like to make.

  • How both Shannon and Dr. Huntley set themselves up to only say "yes" to only the work they wanted to do and still took on other work anyway.

  • How to set yourself up to start a business in terms of finances and mindset.

  • The dangers of saying yes to everything and burning yourself out when starting a business.

  • How Shannon factors in what she is likely to learn from a job before accepting or rejecting it.

  • How Shannon forecasts her finances and factors this into her decision to take on jobs.

  • The struggles of saying no to work and the value of giving yourself permission to scale back.


Shannon's Advice To Public Health Entrepreneurs


  • The first of Shannon and Dr. Huntley’s tips for anyone who wants to start a business: get help.

  • Tip two: find a community of other consultants and entrepreneurs.

  • Tip three: own it.

  • Closing thoughts on the best reason to leave your current job: to go change the world.


Keep In Touch


Lead for Good Website

Shannon Salentine on Instragram

Shannon Salentine on Facebook

Shannon Salentine on LinkedIn


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