Shelley Penn

Sr. Vice President/COO
Full Employment Council


Shelley Penn is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of the Full Employment Council, which connects underserved people to in-demand training with industry-recognized credentials, and connects businesses to those skilled workers. Shelley's in-depth experience in workforce development, paired with her commitment to serving the residents of the Kansas City region, allows her to meet the demands of people, businesses, and the community. As a recognized expert in workforce development, Shelley's knowledge of the design and implementation of federal, state, and local employment and training initiatives helped her develop into an active leader in program innovation scopes and business services. She is a proud partner in economic development, closely in tune with the latest workforce development-related trends, and serves on numerous industry-impact initiatives. She develops processes adapted by other organizations because of their success in helping the underserved and underrepresented populations in the Kansas City region and beyond. Shelley's commitment and focus remain on developing a workforce system made up of partnerships that embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity. She received her master’s degree in Management from Webster University and a bachelor of arts in Human Resource Management from the University of Kansas.

Q & A

What has been your favorite stay-at-home pandemic activity?

Movie night and hot sauna

What activity do you most look forward to post-pandemic?


Who is the person you would most like to meet?

Barack Obama

What do you want to be doing in 10 years?

Relaxing on a beach in Hawaii

Favorite hobby?


What would you tell your teenage self?

You have all the time in the world to be an adult. Don’t worry, be happy.

What is another profession you’d like to try?

Investment Banking

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