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Sheldon Buckingham

Executive Engagement Director

“Professional to her core and warm to all that encounter her. Sheldon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to The Parnassus team and serves others as a natural part of her way of life.”

Sheldon joined The Parnassus team in the Fall of 2022. Prior to The Parnassus Group she served multiple clients as a contractor, assisting with organizational task as an operational team member. Sheldon has a personal passion for education and finance and has found a way to incorporate that into her secular career. In a partnership with BELAY, Sheldon was matched with The Parnassus Group to join their Operations Team to provide support on the back side and create a smooth process for all involved.

Sheldon has a bachelor’s degree in Principles and Methods of Language Education and over 20 years of experience in the financial industry in multiple support and sales roles. She hails from Virginia Beach, VA originally and now resides in Huntersville, NC near family and friends.

The Parnassus Group is absolutely, 100%, truly unique. Little did I know 5 years ago that I would develop a friendship with John and the Parnassus Group. A brief call, which led to a short meeting, has turned into a meaningful relationship. I don’t think about the Parnassus team as a firm, I think of them as trusted advisors and friends. John has been a mentor to me, and someone that I think to call when I’m faced with difficult decisions, or I’m seeking an unbiased view. But it doesn’t stop with John, he’s developed a team that is bright, talented, and wants to provide a service that is unparalleled.

As I’ve grown in my career, the scope of the work has gained complexity, exposure to senior leadership more frequent, and the impact of decisions more meaningful, I’ve realized the importance of creating balance.

When I think about the time I’m with my family during the work-week, the amount of hours are precious.  I’ve made a commitment (most of the time) to set my phone down when I walk in the house at the end of the day, and try not to pick it back up until the kids are in bed. While this may not sound like a lot, I’ve found it’s the little things that create the necessary boundaries.

What are some of the things that you have learned as a leader that involved your decision making process about coming to DaVita?

Over the years, I’ve heard the phrase, “life is a journey, not a destination”. This became true when I started working at Davita, and realized that the Village provided an opportunity to learn and grow, and be part of something bigger than an employee fulfilling a role in an organization.

Prior to DaVita, I spent a number of years in an organization wanting more, but unclear where I would find it, and how I would get there. When I learned about DaVita,  I was intrigued by the concept of Teammates, and hearing stories about tenure and the ability to grow within the organization.

As I’ve experienced this journey first hand, I’ve found the experience to be more fulfilling than I could have imagined. Knowing that I can raise my hand to gain exposure to a project, be called on by Teammates outside my lane provides energy to continue to want to do more. This is an organization that encourages an entrepreneurial spirit, while never having to leave the organization.