About the Host

Shannon Shannon is the creator, executive producer and host of Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner. Shannon has interviewed hundreds of influential people  including business leaders, entertainers, rock stars, best-selling authors, artists, activists, humanitarians, visionaries and Olympic athletes — and even nobility.

In June 2015, Shannon launched Shannon Skinner Live radio show on VoiceAmerica Women, as a complement to her television work.

She is a keynote speaker,  the author of The Whispering Heart: Your Inner Guide to Creativity, and a contributing blogger to the The Huffington Post news site, and to a number of other publications including Infinity Magazine, and more.

Shannon began her career as a PR consultant, and today she continues to advise select organizations on their digital and PR communication strategy (see www.ShannonSkinner.com).

Shannon has appeared in LIFE magazine, Good Morning America, Rogers TV Daytime, Global TV, Canadian Living, Notable.ca, Good News Toronto, Liquid Lunch, among others. Internationally, she has appeared in media across India and Mexico.

She is also the recipient of the University of Saskatchewan, College of Arts & Science’s Alumni of Influence Award 2014.

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 Women in Film and TV (WIFT) and 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.

 

Here’s more about what drives Shannon — and her philosophy in life: