Inspirational Women: Shannon
Every month on the 18th, I celebrate the strong, intelligent and kind women in my life.
This month, I wanted to launch 18thStyle.com with a special woman, my dear friend Shannon.
Shannon and I met back in 1991 at Emerson College in Boston. She has been a constant in my life for over 27 years (that’s just crazy)! We may not see other often, but true friendships are not about how often you see one another. I adore and respect her, she is one heck of a woman!
Allow me to introduce you to my dear friend, family, Shannon.
18th Style: Where are you from?
Shannon: This is always a hard question for me to answer. I was born in Ohio, moved frequently growing up, went to college in Boston and eventually moved to New York City. NYC is the first place I have lived that feels like “home” and the longest I’ve lived anywhere – after 16 years here I’d like to think I’m a New Yorker.
18th Style: What’s your day job?
Shannon: I run a team of corporate event planners for a major financial service firm. I have 6 geographically based managers who report into me and each of them have teams of 5-10 planners. I manage the “business of the business” and spend most of my time navigating through the politics of a large corporation in which we service providers not the money makers.
I have to network with our internal stakeholders as well as our external vendors/venues. What I find most joy in with my job is coaching my managers (who are predominantly women) and the planners on my team. I love to find new opportunities for them to continue to grow and evolve as managers, industry professionals and peers.
18th Style: You’re raising two beautiful children. How do you balance motherhood?
18th Style: Who inspires your style and what’s your favorite store or brand?
Shannon: I’d say Manhattan inspires my style. I love people watching in the many neighborhoods and looking for whats new and fun to incorporate into my closet. I love the Modern and Minimal style of Layfayette 148 for work or cocktail attire, for more casual fun my latest obsession is Universal Standard – a clothing brand made for women of all sizes which uses quality materials and eclectic but simple cuts to allow for my fun side to come out. If I want classic long lasting style and comfort, I also like Eileen Fisher.
My shoe game has evolved in my 40s – to funky but comfortable and quality made brands. LESS is MORE! I’m also a blossoming sneaker-head. 🙂
18th Style: What’s your favorite quote?
Shannon: Modern, eclectic, fluid, fun!
18th Style:Favorite quote or saying?
“Empowered Women – Empower Women”