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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.


United Nations Geneva Cooking-Up Some Peace

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 from some of Geneva's most celebrated chefs.
02/12/2015 11:17 EST
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Burned Out at Work? Listen to Your Heart

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. When you wake up in the morning, you dread at worst, or are indifferent at best, for what the day will bring. You might even be feeling powerless to continue on the path of making your dreams come true. If this sounds familiar, know you are not alone.
02/06/2015 12:36 EST
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10 Travel Gems of Geneva

Geneva is small city with a big heart. With a population of only 200,000, it is the world's capital of peace. While many visitors come to Switzerland's second largest city for business, there is plenty to offer travellers seeking a vacation.
12/22/2014 05:00 EST

The Rise of the Women Helping Women Movement

In case you have not noticed, there is a growing trend of women's empowerment organizations springing up everywhere that are geared to helping professional women achieve success and fulfillment. With so many popping up, it makes me wonder: are career women that hungry and in need of support groups to empower themselves?
11/24/2014 04:53 EST
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This Thanksgiving I Count My Blessings

Then, I started my gratitude rowing. Now going to the gym is something I look forward to rather than dread. Furthermore, as I progress in my new good habit, I see a universal truth: the more I am grateful, the more I have to be grateful for. This Thanksgiving, here are some of the many things I am grateful for:
10/12/2014 09:57 EDT

Getting Personal With Your Brand

Let's face it: it's always personal. Even when it's not. Even in business. Every business owner is first and foremost a person and the way we view the world is through our unique human perspective. We put a lot of ourselves into our businesses and careers, and therefore, by default it is personal. Enter the personal brand.
10/08/2014 12:35 EDT
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A Dirty Mind Is Great For Creativity

Sexual energy and creative energy are so strongly connected that they impact each other profoundly. Here are some ideas on how you can harness your sexual energy to help channel it toward your creative dreams and ultimately get them off the ground.
08/10/2014 11:52 EDT
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10 Tips for Traveling With Your Dog

As a single woman who owns a dog, it can be challenging to pack-up and go whenever the wanderlust desires. Dog sitting services add-up and it can be quite an inconvenience to travel with a dog. I am not alone. Here are 10 tips for anyone traveling and staying at a hotel with a dog.
07/13/2014 10:50 EDT
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The Pitfalls of Following Your Heart

Since my mid-twenties, I have been on a conscious journey of following my heart. Over time, I have become increasingly more in-tune with my heart's whispers -- or shouts, or screams. More recently, I have become braver to overcome the barriers to my dreams that I alone have built. But, by no means have I yet mastered it.
07/08/2014 12:01 EDT

Canada Day: What Does the Colour Red Mean to You?

This Canada Day has given me more than a reason to pause and celebrate. With all the waving of "red and white," it reminds me of how colour impacts our daily lives. In honour of Canada Day, let's take a look at the colour red and its impact on our culture.
06/30/2014 01:09 EDT

Two Minutes With Shauna Ireland

Shauna Ireland is a woman who radiates beauty, warmth and femininity. She runs a successful Toronto-based public relations company and somehow manages to find time to teach yoga. Though it is her personal radiance that, in my mind, is her true marker of success.
05/26/2014 03:40 EDT

What Not to Do on Talk Shows

So, you finally get a shot at it -- you get that call from the producer or host and you land a spot on the show. What a great opportunity to get your message out! The question is: what kind of guest are you going to be? Here are the best ways to be the best worst guest on TV and radio talk shows and ensure you never, ever get called back.
04/24/2014 05:49 EDT

At 74, This Woman Is Re-Inventing Her Business

As Tripi continues to impact the lives of many women and men in Toronto, and solidify her legacy, at the heart of her passion is a desire to inspire our city's youth to not only look and feel their best, but also to be empowered and follow their dreams.
04/13/2014 10:18 EDT

How to Become a Go-To Expert for the Media

As an entrepreneur or expert in your field, you need to stay ahead of the competition. Journalists are constantly seeking experts in a wide-rage of fields to be their "go-to" authorities, to provide comment on current affairs or on industry stories they are writing, or simply to help understand complex issues that they are covering. So, get on their radar screens!
12/06/2013 05:27 EST

The Great Girlfriends' Getaway Weekend in Huntsville

When more than 700 women from across Ontario get together in magical Muskoka for the Huntsville Girlfriends' Getaway Weekend, it is a time to relax, let down the hair and unleash the inner wild child.
11/27/2013 11:54 EST

My Top Ten Fears and How I Get Past Them

I can't help but ask myself: is it possible to overcome all of our fears? I have reflected upon what some of my fears are -- there are many -- and, more importantly, what I do about them. Here are my top ten.
10/27/2013 11:43 EDT

Ancient Iona, a Mystical Island For Pilgrims

If a pilgrimage to ancient spiritual sites is on your wish list, look no further than the holy Isle of Iona. With its connection to early Christianity, this tiny rocky island located off the west coast of Scotland has been attracting pilgrims since medieval times. And this year just so happens to mark the 1,450th anniversary of St. Columba's arrival on this mystical island.
10/15/2013 10:05 EDT

How to Push Your Ideas to the Max

Some years ago, I read an article that quoted an advertising guru who said: "An idea has no value unless you do something with it." Although I no longer recall the name of the adman, I have never forgotten his words. In a way, they began to transform my life.
10/06/2013 09:45 EDT