Hello, I’m shawn

a Brave Leadership & well-being consultant, Facilitator & keynote speaker skilled in mindfulness, positive psychology, DEI and Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead™

The world is changing — rapidly.

Are you ready for the members of your team or organization to speak new leadership language that invites bold conversations?

Is your team come together to RISE through stress, overwhelm and uncertainty?

The truth is we have never needed more brave and resilient leaders than we do right now.

 

I help busy organizations turn a stressed and burned out team into a vibrant, energized group of leaders ready to lead into the future by cultivating Brave YES mindsets, brave leadership skillsets and Justice & Equity heartsets. 

>>> Your time to lead with courage is right now.<<<

Why Should Your Team Embrace a Brave YES Mindset™ right now?

The future is here.

Change is inevitable.

Confict is likely.

Leadership is needed.

As conversations rise around quiet quitting, burnout and mental health struggles — and our country’s racial and political uprising — you and your team need unshakeable resilience and radical well-being skills and strategies to show up and lead with courage and authenticity.

As a society, we’ve experienced so much turmoil, divisiveness, change and loss over the past several years.

Those shifts have been felt both internally and externally and your team members have never had higher expectations or less patience.

That means you can’t keep doing business as usual.

It’s time for Brave YES Leadership.

A LITTLE ABOUT SHAWN (she/hers):

 

My obsession with being human and the hardships people experience began during my best education — being a journalist for 10 years covering everything from homicides and house fires to racism, race relations and poverty. This was the start of my own Brave YES Leadership journey.

When I experienced severe burnout from covering stories about death, conflict and hate groups, I left journalism and began leading a mentorship program for teen mothers for a local non-profit. I took a dramatic paycut but working with volunteers and serving those in need was the start of my Brave YES Journey to live a wholehearted life that is in my values.

Another Brave YES for me happened a few years later when I agreed to serve as the Chief of Staff for a local state representative. It was during this role where I learned how challenging it is to be a courageous, honest leader as a womanand how difficult it is to be taken seriously when you speak up and challenge the status quo.

Now, I facilitate powerful transformation to leadership teams for nonprofits and mission-led businesses.

I’m Here to Empower & Support Your Team to Lead Bravely through Change & Uncertainty.

I am a facilitator. That means I …

  • Facilitate connection.
  • Facilitate ah-has.
  • Facilitate vulnerability.
  • Facilitate hard conversations.
  • Facilitate open-mindedness to change.

To do this, I offer powerful, engaging Brave YES Leadreship Team Retreats designed to energize your leaders through brave conversations, self-awareness and discovery that highlights everyone’s strengths and personal growth coaching to help every team member have the capacity to rise to the occassion with your goals and mission.

Through interactive workshops infused with engaging exercises, mindfulness and positive psychology, I help your organization or team with any of the following:

  1. Coping through change, uncertainty or adversity.
  2. Boosting low morale.
  3. Stress management, burnout and overwhelm.
  4. Conflict management.
  5. Low productivity and disengagement.
  6. Quiet leaders who need more confidence.

I offer Brave YES Leadership Team Retreats that include a variety of learning modalities: engaging, interactive discussions, and opportunities to practice being vulnerable and brave in real time with each other.

BOOK A BRAVE YES LEADERSHIP RETREAT

Brave Leadership Team Retreat: Rise. Lead. Flourish.

RISE: Empowered Leaders Empower Others

An empowered leader and strong team player practices self-awareness and shows up authentically, bringing their unique gifts to an organization. The RISE portion of the Brave YES leadership Retreat lifts up practical strengths, identifies core values and casts a vision for their role. A focus on what’s strong over what’s wrong is stressed.

LEAD: Brave YES Mindset Boosting

A Brave Leader is the heart of a thriving company. Brave Leadership is rooted in self-leadership strategies, perspective building and a Brave YES mindset. What makes a brave leader? Each participant will walk away with a blueprint of the kind of leader they want to be as well as an in-depth understanding of how to embrace a Brave YES Mindset at work and in life.

FLOURISH: Develop an Action Plan to Boost Energy and Capacity

Capacity is Everything for your team. In order to be more courageous and lead bravely, you must have the energy, capacity and interest to be at the top of your game each day. Each person will create their own strategy for this. The flourish portion of Rise Lead Flourish focuses on your wholebeing capacity so your team is energized and resilient through times of change and adversity.

Keynote Speaking Topics

Rise Like a Leader: Embrace a Brave YES Mindset & Take More Risks

A Brave YES Mindset is about being open minded and saying YES to opportunities that bring you alive, that center your thriving, that puts you in the driver seat in your life — but they are challenging, they push you to your edge. They are both scary and liberating. They may lead to feelings of fear and anxiety but are almost always lead to feelings of pride and joy.

This keynote is engaging and powerful for everyone in the room and your people will walk away inspired and motivated.

Dare to Lead Bravely: 5 Self-Leadership Strategies to Be a Grounded Leader

A Brave Leader is the heart of a thriving company. Brave Leadership is rooted in self-leadership strategies, perspective building and a Brave YES mindset. What makes a brave leader?

Each attendee will walk away with a simple blueprint of the kind of leader they want to be as well as an in-depth understanding of how to embrace a Brave YES Mindset at work and in life.

This keynote focuses on brave leadership, feminine leadership foundations, Dare to Lead™ concepts and empowering leaders to say YES.

Uplevel from Frazzled to Flourishing: Tips to help Anyone Cultivate Resilience and Wellbeing

Capacity is Everything for your team. In order to be courageous and lead bravely, you need the energy, capacity and passion to be at the top of your game. With talk of burnout and quiet quitting — not to mention the mass exododus to freelancing and entrepreneurship — employers can no longer ignore the key part of human existence — your employee’s and team’s wellbeing. 

The keynote emphasizes strategies to Cultivate Unshakeable Resilience and Radical Wellbeing so your team members are energized and resilient through times of change and adversity.

Every keynote and Brave YES Leadership Retreat is tailored to your industry and team needs — that’s why we work together to create the best possible experience.

The second you start caring about your team’s WHOLE well-being is the second they will care about yours and your mission.

wellbeing for all is a collective resposibility.

“I knew as soon as I saw Shawn speak at a community event that I wanted her to speak at our strategic planning session. Shawn delivered an amazing presentation on leadership and personal growth and provided our team with valuable information and tools that will help all of us.  The comments I received from our management team confirmed that she was the best speaker that we have had in a very long time.   Simply put, Shawn is awesome, and I highly recommend her Rise, Lead Flourish Brave Leadership Retreat. We can’t wait to have her back next year.”

Sue DeStephano, CCE | President/CEO, First Capital Credit Union

Transform your team into a strong, calm and resilient set of leaders where EVERY single team member thrives and flourishes at work and at home.

Testimonials & Featured Clients

"I knew as soon as I saw Shawn speak at a community event that I wanted her to speak at our strategic planning session. Shawn delivered an amazing presentation on leadership and personal growth and provided our team with valuable information and tools that will help all of us. The comments I received from our management team confirmed that she was the best speaker that we have had in a very long time. Simply put, Shawn is awesome, and I highly recommend her Lead, Rise, Flourish Leadership Retreat. We can’t wait to have her back next year.

Sue DeStephano, CCE  | President/CEO, Member’s First Credit Union

"Having the opportunity to work with Shawn Fink through our Leadership Program here at Family First Health has been truly an amazing experience. Shawn Fink is a breath of fresh air. Her program has allowed me to focus on myself so I can be at my best!”

Jessica Hubbell, Family Planning Coordinator/Clinical Educator at Family First Health