Hi, I'm Shannon, the founder of Connection Works. For as long I can remember, I have been interested in understanding who people are, what matters to them, and what makes them tick. My mom tells me that I used to go around dinner parties interviewing people even when I was five!
While leadership and organizational development (OD) hasn't always been my official work, it has always been my true work. And so, after 15 years of being a transportation planner, I put my true work at the center of my life and started Connection Works. I've had a variety of professional experiences, which grounds my leadership and OD work in 20 years of business experience across the engineering, architecture, construction, education, and personal development fields.
I draw on the practices of Identity Mapping®, emotional intelligence, nonviolent communication, group dynamics, complexity science, and Liberating Structures to help the people I work with navigate “the jungle in here” so they can navigate “the jungle out there” from a place of authenticity and wisdom. Whether that jungle is a personal leadership challenge, your team's tricky dynamics, or your organization's culture, I will help bring clarity to whatever complexity you face by helping you understand what's happening beneath the surface.
I love learning so I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington as well as a Masters in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management. When I'm not working, you'll find me on cooking with my sweetie, trying to make pottery, reading all sorts of things, and playing Auntie to my 3 year old nephew and 5 year old niece.
Hi, I'm Greg, a Connection Works partner – a coach, a facilitator, and a collaborator to those who are interested in a journey of personal and professional development. I've always found it hard to follow the paths that others expected of me and at some point along the way, I realized that this was a strength of mine. Following my own path led me to supporting people and organizations that are looking to follow theirs.
I began working in leadership development, facilitation, and coaching fifteen years ago in the nonprofit field, supporting people as they found their voice at work. That led me to opportunities in the private and government sectors, both in internal roles and as a consultant. My experience has given me a great view of the landscape that we're all working in today. I've been told I'm especially effective at working with individuals and organizations that are in transition – and, hey, these days, who isn't?
I've had the chance to work with people in industries including healthcare, academia and software. My approach is holistic – or integral – meaning that I work with the whole system and the whole person. I've found this approach to be much more impactful than just "targeted problem solving." My strongest influences are methodologies such as Theory U, Liberating Structures, and Presence-Based Coaching.
A passionate lifelong learner, I have a graduate level certificate in Integral Transformative Leadership from Pacific Integral's Generating Transformative Change program (certified via Saybrook University). My undergrad degree was inspired by my love of the arts – I received a BA in music at Colorado State University. On a personal note, I live in Seattle with my wife and our goofy dog Buckley. We spend our time enjoying the music, theater, art, and the beautiful surroundings in our region.