About Magalie René
Magalie René is a Bestselling Author, Speaker, Business Strategist and Founder of “Find Your Shine” events. Her practice applies a unique blend of growth-mindset, neuroscience, and brand strategy to help clients overcome fears and successfully design the business and life of their dreams.
She has worked with companies including Heineken, HGTV, Kaiser Permanente, Fidelity Investments, and New York Life Insurance on marketing, public relations and brand ideation. Magalie also has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to career transition as she successfully facilitated her own in 2013 (launching her interior design company Consciously Design and writing bestselling book "Kid-Smart Spaces: Decorating a Classroom That Changes Lives").
When she’s not facilitating corporate brand ideations or speaking about Finding Your Shine, Career Boldness, and the pursuit of meaningful work you can find her on a walk in her Los Angeles neighborhood of West Hollywood with her dog Prince.
I always thought my career trajectory would be linear. I decided I would pursue a career in PR in my Freshman year of High School. I made the choice so early because I'm ambitious and driven by nature. I chose PR because it's a "somewhat" creative field that was still corporate enough to appease my Haitian immigrant parents who wanted me to become a lawyer. #Firstgenerationproblems
Someone should've told me the "s" in somewhat stands for settling.
I worked in PR and Marketing for nearly 15 years creating campaigns for companies like Heineken, Allied Domecq, HGTV, Fidelity Investments and more. But, as a compulsive creative, I always felt compelled to have an artistic side project cooking (including decorating but we'll come back to that in a moment). The lesson there? When you have a calling, life won't leave you alone until you fulfill it.
I chose to listen to the nagging feeling and began following the breadcrumbs. I tried my hand at things I had an interest in and excelled at:
I was a fashion stylist. I became the lead stylist for several magazine editorials and landing a Bloomingdale's catalog in less than 6-months.
I was an event planner traveling the country planning dinners, galas, and conferences ranging in size from 10 to 500+ attendees for 2 years.
I went back to my PR roots (mainly because I was still afraid to fly too far from my comfort zone) but this time as a fashion and lifestyle publicist.
The real turning point didn't happen until I got divorced. Suddenly (and finally!!) settling in any area of my life became intolerable. That realization helped me step fully into my calling as a creative.
I quit PR for the last time, embraced my natural hair (for a girl straightened her hair since the age of 13 to be someone else's version of beautiful, those two things were equally life-changing), and devoted myself to the cultivation of my Life's Work.
It was an exciting time but it wasn't all sunshine and empowerment. I was a little lost and a lot uncertain. Bills were piling up, rent was past due, and I had no idea what to do next. At 31, the life I had meticulously planned for myself was gone.
It was there, in the midst of emotional turmoil, financial upheaval, and loss of identity, that I began my journey of self-discovery.
I began exploring personal development (through books You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, A New Earth by Eckart Tolle, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert) and jumped head first into all things mindset, motivation, manifesting, and spirituality.
I learned two key things:
My decisions until then were driven by subconscious patterns rather than my own conscious design.
I would never be fullfilled until I could OWN my talents and skills and SHARE them powerfully, .
THE KEY TO SUCCESS:
SELF-AWARENESS, CONFIDENCE, & CONNECTION.
Becoming self-aware allows you to uncover your inherent gifts - what’s always been there. Once you tap into those gifts you’ll learn what you really want (not the stories society, your parents, or your ego say you should want) and make powerful, conscious choices to get it. The final step comes naturally. You confidently and consistently share those gifts and watch your vision come to life.
SET YOUR INTENTION, CREATE A PLAN, DO THE WORK, AND LEAVE ROOM FOR MAGIC.
I took a job in philanthropy at the prestigious Ford Foundation with the sole purpose of finding a truly creative pursuit I could make parlay into a sustainable living. I gave myself 5 years.
As Oprah says "Intention determines outcome."
I learned what's possible when we go beyond the roles and limitations forced upon us follow our own path. I learned what's possible when we let go of the "shoulds" and leap into the unknown with clarity of purpose, a timetable, a step-by-step plan, and a dash of faith.
That practice is how I took the leap and launched my first business to change the way schools look, expanded it into my first business Consciously Design, got featured in national magazines, and became a bestselling author. Most important, it's what led me here, coaching purpose-led entrepreneurs and leaders to breakthrough their fears, shine, and earn.
The one thing I continue to do is learn. I'm constantly learning from incredible mentors, light-workers, and thought leaders. I'm also learning from you and your stories. We're blessed to walk the path together.
AMBITION. Growth. Contribution. Compassion. Passion. SPIRITUALITY
Why You're Here
You may be starting out, starting over, changing course, or seeking ways to take your already amazing life to the next level. Maybe you just happened to stumble upon this website. Whatever led you here, welcome. I want you to know that my mission is to support you as you make conscious choices and take powerful actions to design the work and the life you want. Remember...
You ARE the gift.
I can't wait to see what you create!