• Steve Webber

    “Captivating and delivered everything that we could have wanted. A lot of buzz has been created around the presentation… She hit on all the topics we discussed in our initial discussion, leadership, adversity, innovation, change, living up to high standards, doing your best work under pressure, etc. It was perfect!

    Steve Webber
    Northwest Mutual
  • “Shannon was amazing! She did a great job summarizing the day and leaving our company energized to face the wind and fly through it! We couldn’t be happier.”

    Ball Ventures
  • A huge hit and very inspiring! As I type this, I am overhearing the clients talk about her and how they are planning to continue to pull her message through the rest of the meetings.”

    Biohaven Pharmaceuticals
  • “Shannon was AMAZING!!!!! Our team absolutely loved her and her message. Her story was spot on with our mission and our goals for the meeting. She was outstanding!”

    Nestle Health Science
  • "I loved everything about the presentation. Shannon has so much energy in her talk, and is a fantastic storyteller. I think everyone walked away feeling inspired and energized."



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Shannon Huffman Polson

Leadership for lives that matter
Shannon Huffman Polson is a woman of many firsts. Among those high points: She is one of the first women to fly Apache combat helicopters in the U.S. Armed Forces, where she served on three continents and led two flight platoons and a line company. Now Shannon turned her attention to the study of leadership, as author of The Grit Factor and founder of The Grit Institute, with robust training in leadership and grit dedicated to whole-leader development in times of challenge and change.

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