Founder and managing director of OC Roller Girls
Hoping to provide women with a productive environment that encourages personal growth through sports, Heather Shelton founded OC Roller Girls. OCRG consists of a diverse team of multi-talented women who share dreams and victories on and off the track. The organization offers sports training and coaching, and gives members the opportunity to compete in team and individual events, which attract crowds of up to 1,000 people. Watch our 40 Under 40 video feature for more on Shelton.
The most important lesson learned:
Dedication and passion can overcome any obstacle.
The next big step:
There are a few. We are starting a new skate school in the fall, so we can start teaching kids about roller-skating as a sport. We want to grow our fan base, so we can bring roller derby to a large audience. Everyone remembers it; now we want them to experience it. We are a strong group of women who can make a world of difference. Our Roll for a Cure – which raises funds for Breast Cancer Angels, always a big event – is in June.
Advice for other young professionals:
Find something you are truly passionate about, and just do that. Happiness costs less then you think.
What you do for fun:
Roller derby, of course! I’m hoping to learn how to surf soon.
If you could have dinner with anyone – alive or dead – who would it be and why?
I would like to meet the business manager of a major sports team, since I think we would have a lot to talk about.
OC METRO'S 40 UNDER 40Anthony Ferry & Tim Marshall | Albert Ko | Sarina Jain
Ryan Rasmussen & Matthew Marsh | Laynie Newsome
Jeremy Yamaguchi | Rib Hillis | Allyson Ames
Steve West | Zach Lyons | Darlynn Morgan | Ryan Farrelly
Ben Byassee | Heather Shelton | Jerry Mason
Brandon Hall, Tom Leahy & Jake Kloberdanz | Nichole Carroll
Taite Bergin | Michael Carroll | Ryan Steelberg | Scott Graham
Heidi Steele | Robert Pagliarini | Ari Benowitz | Scott Nguyen
Jennifer Backhaus | Jason Koch & Newt Morris IV
Steve Economos | Michael Avenatti | Anthony Dever
Wendy Hicks & Stephanie Pollaro | Martin Pupil | Timothy Young
Jennifer Sinclair | Terence Nelson | Autumn Strier | Scott Cross
Todd Henderson | Jesse Ohayon | Tim Timmons
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