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Shannon Skinner

Broadcaster, Speaker, Author

Shannon Skinner is the creator and host of the television and online series, Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner, and the radio show Shannon Skinner Live on VoiceAmerica Women.

Shannon inspires and uplifts audiences around the globe with her keynote talks. Her signature book, The Whispering Heart: Your Inner Guide to Creativity, provides how-to guidance on discovering purpose and following your dreams.

As a writer, Shannon contributes to several publications on women's issues, inspiration and travel. A wine enthusiast, Shannon recently completed the Wine Specialist certificate program at George Brown College and conducts educational wine tastings for small groups when the opportunity arrises.

Website: ExtraordinaryWomenTV.com
Blog: ShannonSkinner.com

The Queen of R&B, Jully Black, On Success [Video]

Jully Black, fondly known as Canada's "Queen of R&B," is a magnetic artist whose abundant energy is seemingly superhuman. In my interview with Black, I asked her what her key to success is. Her answer is not only reflective of a deeply spiritual woman who is striving to live her life's purpose, it is a lesson for us all:
09/21/2013 11:31 EDT
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I Love My New Eyelash Extensions

What I noticed is that eyelash extensions create an illusion of the eye being more open and wider than it normally is, giving the eyes that "wow" factor. I decided to go for that magical optical illusion.
06/30/2013 11:12 EDT
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Criticism is Part of the Game When You're an Artist

As a writer, I consider myself an artist at heart. As artists, we rely heavily on praise -- from friends, loved ones, business associates, fans and the critics on a good day. Praise boosts us by increasing our self-worth. We feel more confident and it shows. When the inner artist is criticized -- wham-o -- our self-worth takes a hit.
06/18/2013 12:09 EDT
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Janet Graham's Babes on Bay Street (VIDEO)

There was a time in my early adulthood when being called a "babe" seemed, well, how shall I say, contrary to the woman I was trying to become: a woman who wanted to be taken seriously in business. But not anymore. Not since I met Janet Graham, author of Babes on Bay Street, who changed my attitude.
06/07/2013 12:13 EDT
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Life Lessons From My Second City Improv Class

This morning, I woke up with a sore face from laughing bloody hard over the past two weeks: I just completed my first intensive improvisation course at The Second City, the world's premier comedy club/theatre and school of improvisation. As it turns out, I did learn some skills to help with my public speaking.
05/13/2013 12:27 EDT

Trey Anthony Dreams a Bigger Dream [VIDEO]

Trey Anthony is the creator and star of the ground-breaking production, 'da Kink in My Hair, which had its start on the stage and later debuted in 2007 on Global Television -- and has touched many women's lives. She is the first Black woman to write and produce a television show on a prime time network in Canada -- and her trailblazing ways have not stopped there.
03/31/2013 05:54 EDT
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VIDEO: This Woman Helps Others Find Their Inner Beauty

I initially connected with Jennifer Ettinger through Facebook some time ago and was intrigued by her work that focuses on helping women find their inner beauty. Ettinger's drive stems from her struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and having been bedridden and overweight. Today, she is the founder of Fit Your Style.
03/21/2013 12:25 EDT
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This International Women's Week, I'm Celebrating Womanhood

International Women's Week is upon us, whereby women, and many of the men who love us, are celebrating the joys of womanhood around the world. I have consciously brought out of the closet my feminine traits: that of healing, intuition, nurture, care, family, compassion and creation -- and, not to forget, beauty. I believe I am a much better person for it.
03/04/2013 12:22 EST

The Woman Behind Good News Toronto [VIDEO]

Upon hearing some friends complain about Toronto after a local violent crime hit the news, Eva Karpati became determined to show the world that Toronto is a "wonderful place filled with amazing people." This gave her the inspiration to launch Good News Toronto, a publication that celebrates our local everyday heroes.
03/04/2013 05:04 EST
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Are Woman Orators as Powerful as Men?

As I continue to hone my public speaking skills, my speaker coach recently asked me a simple question: who do you consider the greatest orators? I rattled off a number of them, such as the obvious J.F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King. Then I realized my list comprised entirely of men. So, I had to do more digging.
01/31/2013 08:12 EST
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One Single Mother's Rocket to Business Fame

It was while working in brand marketing for packaged goods companies that Sandler, a single mother of four young children, felt there was a lack of the kind of market intelligence she desired, so she opened her own company...
01/14/2013 05:21 EST
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You May Say I'm a Dreamer. But Now I'm on TV

Dreaming has taken us to the moon and Mars. It has given us automobiles, movies, books, the iPhone and Facebook. Humans can live longer, healthier lives thanks to dreaming. It is the spirit of the dream that propels us forward. I confess: I am a dreamer myself.
01/06/2013 11:40 EST
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If Someone Steals Your Idea, Be Flattered

It has happened to all of us at some point. You have a great idea, and someone else likes it so much they "borrow" from you -- or outright steal. In the big picture, there is nothing wrong with this. In fact, if we were able to copyright ideas, creativity would be stifled. So what do you do when someone steals your ideas?
12/10/2012 12:22 EST
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The Woman Who Can Levitate a Chair With Her Mind

Ariel Garten, co-founder and CEO, InteraXon, a thought-controlled computing company based in Toronto, has managed to beautifully blend the worlds of science, art, business and technology. Often referred to as the "Brain Guru," her innovative technology harnesses the power of brainwaves to control objects and create experiences, from gaming to making a chair levitate.
12/03/2012 05:16 EST
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Don't Share Your Dreams Until You're Ready

When we have a big vision for ourselves -- and are taking steps toward fulfilling that dream -- it can be time of major transition and growth. When we are in this stage of growth, we need to muster all that we have to make our creative dreams come to fruition. Including our self-confidence. But, often it is not wise to share our vision or dreams with others until we are truly ready to do so. Here's why.
11/26/2012 05:44 EST