Shannon M. Polly is a corporate communications trainer, facilitator and coach in Washington, DC. She has worked with executives, managers and partners of such clients as Booz Allen Hamilton, Lehman Brothers, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte & Touche, Citibank, the United States Olympic Committee, the U.S. Olympic athletes, PNC Bank, JPMorgan Chase, PNC Bank, Merrill Lynch and Mackenzie Consulting as well as business students from mainland China.
Shannon was raised in Kansas and recently relocated from New York City to Washington, D.C. where she is enjoying city life with her husband and daughter. Outside of work, she continues to cultivate her interests in theater and travel. Currently she is working with organizations to develop communication skills and implementing positive psychology in various workplaces.
She has delivered or co-facilitated programs on Presentation Skills, Negotiation Skills, Presenting Market-Based Ideas, Managing Difficult Conversations, New Manager Experience, New Partner Orientation, Authentic Executive Presence and Communication, Collaboration and Creativity. Shannon facilitates workshops on presentation skills and executive presence based on her eleven years of experience as a professional actress, singer and playwright in New York and regional theaters. She received her graduate degree from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and a B.A. with honors from Yale University.
Recently, Shannon received her Master in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Led by distinguished psychologist Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman, this is the first Masters program in the world that presents research on the science of how humans thrive. Shannon uses the empirical research of positive psychology with her organizational clients to foster positive and flourishing workplaces. In addition, she was taught by David Cooperrider, the founder of Appreciative Inquiry, and she conducts Appreciative Inquiry summits around the country.
Shannon is currently an assistant instructor in the MAPP program at the University of Pennsylvania. She has given lectures at Columbia Business School, Wharton Business School, the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware. In addition, she has been selected by the Penn Resiliency Program as a trainer for the Master Resiliency Training program facilitating resilience workshops for the U.S. Army.
Education: BA with Honors, Yale University; Graduate Certificate in Classical Acting, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art; Master of Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania