About the Host
Shannon Skinner is a woman who follows her heart and is dedicated to giving extraordinary people — those who have the courage to listen to their hearts — a channel through which they can inspire the lives of others around the world.
Shannon is the creator and host of Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner. In the capacity of a writer/producer, she has interviewed hundreds of influential people from across North America and around the world, including business leaders, entertainers, rock stars, best-selling authors, personal transformation leaders, artists, activists, humanitarians, visionaries and Olympic athletes.
Shannon is the author of The Whispering Heart: Your Inner Guide to Creativity, and a contributing blogger to the The Huffington Post news site, where you can read about her insights and interviews.
She is also a media and public relations relations expert. For two decades, she has helped many prestigious organizations, experts and celebrities develop creative PR strategies and generate media exposure.
Giving back to her community is important to Shannon – so she recently accepted the position as Board Member for 85 Broads-Toronto, a global community of influential and connected women.
Shannon has appeared in LIFE magazine, Good Morning America, Rogers TV Daytime, Global TV, Canadian Living, Notable.ca, Good News Toronto, That Channel’s Liquid Lunch, among others.
Shannon studied creative writing at the University of Oxford and film studies at Ryserson University, and received her B.A. at the University of Saskatchewan. She is an active member of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Toronto.
Check out Shannon’s blog: www.ShannonSkinner.com
Some other things about Shannon:
1. Shannon’s family were pioneers in Canadian broadcast television in the 1950s, when they founded CKOS-TV in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. As a child, she loved to hang out in the studio, behind-the-scenes of the production of the nightly newscasts and other shows — always awe-struck of the magic created before her eyes. She often performed on the local variety show.
2. Adventurous at heart, she went aerobatic flying in Argentina – and even got to fly the plane (don’t ask).
3. In her twenties, she outran a rampaging elephant in the jungles of Thailand, which was only the beginning of the trek that went horribly wrong and she nearly lost her life – 3 times. Would she do it all over again? (ask her)
4. She had the honour of working closely with the Kennedy family, as a past-founding Board Member of the organization Best Buddies Canada, which she helped to establish in Canada.
5. While in university, she spent a summer training/working as an RCMP Supernumerary Special Constable.
6. She lived in London (UK) for a stint and still calls London her “home in her heart.”
7. While living in London, she performed in a Robert Plant video that was banned from being aired in the UK, though CocaCola (US) used it for a worldwide commercial.
8. She is a trained facilitator of the Demartini Method.
9. Shannon gets tremendous joy from watching her sheepdog, Bob, play with his pals; and exploring the world.
10. Late one night on Isla Mujeres (Island of Women), Mexico, she stepped out onto the balcony of her secluded hotel room when the wind blew the door shut, locking her out. As the hotel’s ONLY guest, with no-one to hear her yelling “help,” she managed to keep her cool while spending an hour on the balcony in darkness with nothing but the sound of the ocean to keep her company until security rescued her.