I Am Wilshire: Molly Shepard

by | Apr 1, 2022 | I Am Wilshire

I Am Wilshire – Molly Shepard.

Hometown: Dallas
Education: Studied accounting and English at Baylor
Profession: Environmental, Social and Governance consultant for PwC
Present city: Dallas

Tell us about your family.
My husband’s name is Michael, my parents are Ed and Linda Francis, and my three younger sisters are Kathleen, Rebecca and Julie.

Tell us about your work or volunteer life.
I work in ESG consulting, specifically focusing on responsible sourcing and ethical/environmental supply chain issues. You may have heard of companies trying to reduce carbon emissions or eliminate human rights abuses in their supply chains — I help them create and execute strategies to obtain these goals.

What are your favorite hobbies?
I love reading (always fiction), running (half marathons are my favorite) and singing (plug for Sanctuary Choir!).

What brought you to Wilshire and when?
My parents joined Wilshire in 1994 when I was about 2, and I was baptized by Dr. Mason when I was 7. I was an active member of the children’s and youth ministries growing up. Then, in 2016, Michael and I moved back to Dallas after college, and we’ve been active members ever since.

What do you think God is up to in your life right now?
I feel like I am finally starting to settle into a true vocation through my work. For the better part of the last decade (college through early career) I’ve felt like a fish out of water. Accounting came naturally to me in school, but it didn’t excite me as a career, and neither did deals consulting (my first role at PwC). I knew I was building technical chops that would serve me down the road, but it didn’t change the fact that working hard at a degree and a job that I had no passion for was really difficult (especially a job as demanding as M&A consulting). Now in ESG consulting, I’m really passionate about my work and it taps into many of my natural relationship and communication skills that I didn’t get to use in my prior role. It’s really exciting and fulfilling to envision the next chapter of my career and how God might be using me to influence the corporate sector in some small way.

What’s something interesting most people wouldn’t know about you?
I actually love that I can’t think of anything for this question. Wilshire knows me best, and I am so grateful that I get to be my whole self at this church.