Inspirational Women: April 2018, 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.

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?

Shannon: Isn’t that the golden question?  I don’t.  I do the best I can knowing that I cannot be perfect at both, but I can be successful at both.  I work daily to not beat myself up about the missed time/opportunities on either role – and relish those opportunities that I am afforded as a mother and professional.  Every day is different and you have to be ready willing and able be flexible.
18th Style: How do you spend your free time?
Shannon: Activities with my family – travel is a huge favorite of ours!  I try to get to spin, boxing or barre/yoga classes as my schedule allows. I find them meditative. I volunteer at my children’s school (co-chair our annual school auction).  I spend time in my community of Harlem doing volunteer work and trying to work with other women in the community to provide a support system.  I organized a group called “Harlem Women’s Movement” a little over a year ago and we work to provide support in various areas in the community.  But the some of the best soul rejuvenation is spending time with my girlfriends and just being silly – not a mom, not a wife, not a boss – just a friend!
18th Style: Who inspires you?
Shannon: So many people – my friends, my family, my husband, my kids – they all inspire me to be a better person.  I don’t really find inspiration from any singular person – I like most people – am too multifaceted.  But outside of my immediate circle – I like to read and find inspiration from many authors – my current favorites are Ta-Nehisi Coates (Author & Journalist)- Rupi Kaur (Poet) – and for professional inspiration Simon Sinek.

 

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?

Shannon:

“Empowered Women – Empower Women”

 


 

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