Shannon Polson is a seasoned leader and speaker who has thrilled corporate and organizational audiences across the country. She draws on military, outdoors and corporate experience to talk about leadership, grit, courage, navigating transitions, team building, life balance and the power of story. (see her speaker reel here )
Polson knows about leadership. In 1993 she became one of the first women to fly attack helicopters in the US Army. An honor graduate at the Army's flight school and officer basic courses, Polson was assigned as the only woman officer in an attack aviation regiment of 120 pilots at only 23 years old. During her eight years in uniform, she commanded two attack helicopter platoons and an Apache line company on three continents.
Polson knows about courage, too. At nineteen, Polson became the youngest woman to climb Denali, the highest peak in North America, going on to scale other peaks, including Mt. Rainier and Mt. Kilimanjaro. She has skydived on two continents and scuba dived on three.
All of these experiences inform Polson's leadership. During her years in the corporate sector, she was selected for the high potential group at Microsoft and managed her team through a volatile turnaround while maintaining some of the highest organizational health ratings in the division. In 2009, she was recognized with the Woman of Valor Award by Senator Maria Cantwell.
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