About the Host
Not enough commitment, courage and clarity gnawed at Shannon Skinner until one day a dear friend made a shocking announcement that changed her life forever. He had less than one year to live. This caused Shannon give pause and ask herself: If I had one year to live, what would I do?
Yes, she had asked herself this quality question before. But this time it was different. This time, she felt a sense of urgency, a need to answer the question and follow up with solid action.
Committed to move past all obstacles and naysayers, Shannon launched her BIG dream. In less than 30 days, she premiered Shannon Skinner’s Extraordinary Women TV ™, a first-of-its-kind television series (Rogers TV & web) and online platform that inspires the lives of hundreds of thousands through intimate, personal interviews, insights and commentaries. Since Sept. 2010, Shannon has produced 52 episodes of her show for television, and more than 300 webisodes.
In June 2015, Shannon launched her new radio show, Shannon Skinner Live on VoiceAmerica Women, as an extension of her television work. Through her shows and media channels, regular column in The Huffington Post news site, and personal blog, Shannon is reaching millions, and her featured appearances and keynote talks inspire women around the globe.
Her signature book, The Whispering Heart: Your Inner Guide to Creativity, provides how-to guidance to discovering and living your dream. She writes for several publications on women’s issues and travel, her greatest source of inspiration.
Carrying on from a lineage of broadcasters, Shannon has established herself as a pioneer in internet broadcast. She is the recipient of the Alumni of Influence Award 2014 from the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Arts & Science for “being a trailblazer who is inspiring and affecting change for women across Canada and around the world.” She also received the award Iconic Women Empowering the Extraordinary in Every Woman 2016 from ALL Ladies League honoured at the Women Economic Forum in Delhi, India in May 2016.
She is a member of Women in Film and Television (WIFT), the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Toronto, and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Additionally, she is a media expert with the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies and Board Member of Sampradaya Dance Creations, a highly regarded arts organization on the forefront of South Asian dance in Canada, and a former founding director of Best Buddies Canada.
Other screen credits include a principal acting role in the television series Motives and Murder (as Detective Karen Good) on Investigative Discovery (US) and OWN (Canada), season 3. Her film producing credits include the feature Shadowland, the Legend (After Rain Films).
Shannon began her career as a public relations professional more than 20 years ago, and represented many prestigious organizations across a range of fields.
Shannon has appeared in LIFE magazine, Good Morning America, Rogers TV Daytime, Global TV, Canadian Living, Notable.ca, Good News Toronto and Infinity Magazine. Internationally, she has appeared in media from across India to Mexico, including “DD News TV” Delhi, The Telegraph, among others.
Shannon studied creative writing at Oxford University (2007) and received her BA from the University of Saskatchewan (1987). She has also received diplomas in Film Studies (1999) and Public Relations (1990) from Ryerson University. She has received certificates in the Media Leadership Program offered by Schulich School of Business and WIFT, sponsored by Bell Media, and Business Management for Media Professionals (2014) at Humber College/WIFT. She also received completed a Wine Specialist certificate program from George Brown College.
Committed to self-development, Shannon has been a student of the Demartini Institute, Concourse of Wisdom, a private research, education and service institution, since 1998 and is a trained facilitator of the Demartini Method®breakthrough experience, which she obtained in Paris (2009) to deepen her understanding of this self-development tool to enhance her life. As a hobby, Shannon occasionally takes French, acting and improv comedy classes, and travels the world.
Today, Shannon has found the heart of an extraordinary woman: a woman who listens to her heart and takes inspired action.
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: