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Shannon Polly’s Bio

written by Shannon Polly 1 January 2007

Shannon Polly

Shannon Polly

Shannon M. Polly, MAPP ’09, is a trainer, facilitator, speaker, coach, and founder of Shannon Polly & Associates, a leadership development company in Washington, D.C..

Shannon has received her Master in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Martin Seligman. She also holds a graduate degree from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in classical acting and a B.A. with honors from Yale College.

Shannon works with executives, managers and employees of Fortune 500 companies in two domain areas: executive presence and positive psychology. She is passionate about giving people the confidence to present themselves powerfully and overcome the anxiety that often besieges public speakers. She is equally passionate about sharing the science of well-being with her organizational clients to foster positive and flourishing workplaces.

She has been an assistant instructor in the MAPP program at the University of Pennsylvania; and has lectured at Columbia Business School, Wharton Business School, and West Point. With co-author, Louisa Jewell, Shannon is a contributor to the book, Positive Psychology at Work: How Positive Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry Create Inspiring Organizations and the French language book, The European Handbook of Positive Psychology.

Shannon has conducted appreciative inquiry summits across the country in for profit and not-for-profit organizations and has been a facilitator for the Master Resiliency Training (MRT) program for the U.S. Army. Shannon is a co-founder of the group, Positive Business DC (@positivebizdc), whose mission is to inspire leaders across the Metro DC region to increase well-being, productivity and profitability in the workplace. She is currently enrolled in the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program.

Shannon co-edited the Positive Psychology News Book, Character Strengths Matter.

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