Shannon Skinner
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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.


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Men, We Need More Of You Fighting For Gender Equality

(10) Comments | Posted April 5, 2017 | 5:53 PM

While the president of the United States is busy rolling back protection for women workers and defunding the UN Population Fund, north of the border, a room full of women gather in Toronto to engage in learning and discussions about solutions for gender equality, a topic that is...

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Travel To These Water Sites For Creative Inspiration

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2017 | 12:03 PM

River Thames in London; photo courtesy @VisitBritain

Water has a profound impact on us. The human body is mostly made of water, about 70 per cent, and we cannot survive more than than a few days without it. Coincidently, 70 per...

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10 Tips For Women Travelling Solo

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2017 | 3:56 AM

That's me in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India (2016)

Women travel for a variety of reasons, from recreation to business to study. For any woman travelling solo, personal safety must be paramount -- regardless of the purpose. Whether you are travelling to a major...

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How To Host A Wine Tasting Party

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 2:27 PM

If you enjoy wine, why not expand your palate? For wine enthusiasts, a terrific way to try a variety of wines - without breaking the bank -- is to host a wine tasting party with friends in your own home. It is a fun and educational way to try different...

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The Secret To Great Communication Is Simple

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2016 | 3:26 PM

So you have waited all day to tell your mate something you are excited about and, just as you get to the important part, he tunes out and looks at his cellphone and begins to reply to a text.

Or how about the girlfriend who constantly interrupts you during your...

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Why We Hurt After Hillary's Defeat

(5) Comments | Posted November 14, 2016 | 9:43 AM

Like millions of others, I closely followed the U.S. election. I was quietly rooting for Hillary. Not that it actually matters in the greater scheme of things considering I am Canadian, but I tapped into the inspired energy of the sisterhood. I felt a sense of pride and hoped this...

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How To Learn A New Language Without Losing Your Mind

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2016 | 12:50 PM

Learning a new language can be inspiring, frustrating, infuriating and sometimes downright embarrassing. But there are many good reasons to learn a new language.

The more languages we know, the more people we can communicate with. Knowing several languages enables us to have understanding and tolerance of different cultures,...

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Experience The Life Of A Maharaja In India's 'Pink City,' Jaipur

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2016 | 1:47 PM

Rajasthan, the "land of the Maharaja," is an exotic desert state in western India. Its capital, Jaipur, is a historic walled city famous for enchanting "pink" fortresses and palaces, and royal dynasties. Here in the "Pink City," I got a taste of the opulent lifestyle of...

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Open Your Heart With Gratitude Every Day Of The Year

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2016 | 11:33 AM

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us and we've had our annual holiday reminder to be thankful (and for some, a good dose of turkey coma), let us not forget to have thankfulness every day.

We're heard it said time and again that an "attitude of gratitude" is one of the...

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9 Secrets Of Global Living From An Expert Who's Always On The Go

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2016 | 12:15 PM

the world cruise ship
(Photo: The World)

Living a global life is a mindset that requires developing good travel habits. I asked seasoned globetrotter, Dr. John Demartini -- one of the world's leading experts on human behaviour, international author and educator -- for his...

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Turn Your 2016 Bucket List Into A Love List

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 9:17 AM

Rob Reiner's 2007 comedy-drama, The Bucket List, about two terminally ill men (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) who escape from a cancer ward and set out on an adventure to see and do the things they desired before they die inspired people around the world to take action...

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Are You Tending To The Four Areas Of Personal Growth?

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 9:46 AM

This morning, I review my life's purpose and mission statement, as I do first thing most mornings, and I ask myself: have I grown enough as a human being?

Reviewing and refining my mission statement, goals, dreams and a gratitude list on a daily basis has been one of the...

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Touring The Grange Of Prince Edward County

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 2:55 PM

Located 2.5 hours from Toronto along the east end of Lake Ontario is Prince Edward County, a relatively new and rapidly growing wine region. One of the region's gems is The Grange of Prince Edward County vineyard and wine estate, eastern Ontario's largest award-winning estate vineyard and winery...

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My Safari Adventure Through an Indian Wildlife Sanctuary

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 12:44 PM


I am bouncing in the back seat of an open Jeep as it meanders through India's Kaziranga National Park, a wildlife sanctuary and UNESCO World Heritage site located in the northeastern state of Assam. Despite the spitting rain, I...

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India's Incredible Living Root Bridges

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 5:12 PM

India's northeastern state of Meghalaya ("Abode of the Clouds") is breathtaking with its tropical forests, lush green mountains and fluffy, white clouds. Unique to this wet and remote area are spectacular living root bridges.

Abode of the Clouds

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This International Women's Day, Let's Be Grateful for the UN

(3) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 10:23 AM

On this International Women's Day, I am thankful for the United Nations and its important work around the globe. The United Nations, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, touches the lives of every woman -- and in every aspect of her life.

I recently

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Get Over the February Blahs With These Tips

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 12:16 PM

All Canadians know how challenging the month of February is. March is not much better. After months of low light, shovelling snow and enduring frigid temperatures (unless you live in Vancouver, in that case, stick it!), we start to get cabin fever from hibernating.

Something I have noticed in...

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United Nations Geneva Cooking-Up Some Peace

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 10:17 AM

Something is cooking at the United Nations Geneva.

The United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland has recently published a unique cookbook, Recipes for Peace, Rights & Well-being, which shares the secrets of many "recipes" for its peace and humanitarian initiatives that have changed the world, combined with superb recipes...

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Burned Out at Work? Listen to Your Heart

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 11:36 AM

So you've lost that lovin' feeling for your work. You feel stressed, overwhelmed and a lack of joy you once felt for your job, career or business. The bounce in your step has turned into a drag. Your creative juices are no longer flowing and you have stopped creating all...

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Stay Present and Boost Your Creativity With These 5 Tips

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 11:59 AM

Are you easily distracted, like me? Do you suffer from "Shiny Object Syndrome," like me?

Welcome to the Brain Noise Club!

With super busy lives and abundant brain noise, being present and living in the moment can be a challenge. But when we are present, we can focus. We are...

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