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Ajay Barai, Head of Strategic Planning and Performance
“ I brought Shannon into WWF-UK to advise on the talent attraction, development and retention aspects of a new five-year People and Organisation Strategy. She facilitated interactive workshops with the Management Team and the HR department as well as advised on employee engagement and communications strategies for rollout and implementation. She added value to our project with her pro-active support, and fresh perspectives, drawing on her significant experience in the private and NGO sectors and across diverse organisations, with a recruiting and retention focus.”
Tullow Oil plc
Khatira Morrison, Regional External Affairs Manager – North and West Africa
“We brought Shannon into our External Affairs and Communications team to deliver technical assessments for hiring the Head of Corporate Affairs as well as professional development of external affairs practitioners in Ghana. Shannon continued with us to deliver a First 90 Days on-boarding process and on-going Management coaching for our Corporate Affairs leadership in Ghana Business Unit. She brought huge value through her ability to bring out the best in our corporate affairs staff and to ensure that we hired, trained and retained the right people for the right roles.”
Executive Coach and Talent Advisor
2009 - Present
Ethical Leadership and Game Changer Coach
Walk of Life Leaders
2008 - Present
Interactive live sessions for managers, leaders, executives and entrepreneurs anywhere in the world from the comfort of their laptops or live in London/Cambridge, UK.
Workshops & Panels
In-person engaging workshops for evolving teams of leaders and managers wishing to improve their impact as change makers, thought leaders and business drivers within a best-practice sharing team or group setting.
Some topics include:
• Develop your influence and impact as an authentic leader
• Build effective teams through co-active communication
• Launch, market and grow an innovative product or business unit
• Improve balance in your work and personal life through mindfulness
• Align head and heart to lead in uncertain and complex times
• Psychometric testing, 360 reviews & assessments for top talent
• How to grow your collaborative persuasion and negotiation skills
Managed and grew corporate responsibility advisory services for private sector clients. – Advised on strategic CR issues including analysing opportunities and risks and engaging employees. – Delivered services through stakeholder interviews, benchmarking, SWOT analyses, and roadmaps. – Performed in-depth market interviews with senior sustainability leaders at 12 companies including:ABB Limited, Accenture, Bank of America, M&S, Virgin Group, and Vodafone Group.
Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Services
2007 - 2009
Managed corporate responsibility advisory and assurance projects for FTSE 250 companies.
Head of Community Consulting and London Benchmarking Group (LBG)
The Corporate Citizenship Company
2006 - 2007
Managed consulting projects and member services for FTSE 250 companies. Consulted more than 100 LBG members on impact measurement including Altria, Cadbury Schweppes, EMI, L’Oréal, Nokia, Reuters, Standard Chartered, and UNICEF.
Projects/Clients: – CR strategy review for Deloitte’s Global – Employee Engagement for Capita Group – Social Return on Investment (SROI) for Vodafone UK Foundation
Manager, Project Finance
2004 - 2005
Provided the vital link between internal and external partners by managing 225 projects valued at £19m. Partners included: IKEA, Lafarge, the World Bank, and government aid agencies. Managed diverse team of 9 project finance officers from 7 nationalities.
1998 - 2002
Founder of sustainable tourism company offering cultural immersion adventures in Patagonia, Chile
Education & Qualifications
Thunderbird School of Global Management
MBA in International Management, focus on Corporate Responsibility & Ethics
2002 - 2004)
University of Colorado at Boulder
1988 - 1992
About Shannon Houde
Shannon helps advance careers for a more sustainable world. She has advised more than 200 sustainability practitioners across 50 global brands on recruiting top talent, retaining best in class employees, and developing future sustainability leaders. She offers leadership and business coaching, technical interview assessments, on-boarding coaching, 360-degree reviews, and outplacement services through group or 1-1 sessions.