Shannon Huffman Polson -- Author. Speaker. Adventurer. Veteran.

Author. Speaker. Adventurer. Veteran.

Speaking and writing have been part of my DNA since leading our high school debate and forensics team and running the literary journal (when we still used scissors and glue!). I believe words change the world, and I thrive on seeing transformation come as a result of my speaking and my writing. 

After a childhood in Alaska, I studied English Literature and art history at Duke University. At graduation I was commissioned as a 2LT in Army Aviation and became one of the first women to fly Apache helicopters, serving on three continents and leading two flight platoons and a line company. In the midst of school and flying came skydiving, scuba diving, big-mountain climbing and long-course triathlons. To turn all that into something practical, I earned my MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth, and worked with some excellent people in the corporate jungle for a few years in the medical devices industry and technology. I started an MDiv (part-time), and decided not to pursue it, returning to my love of words with an MFA.  

Now I take that experience in leadership and courage and devote my work to both speaking and writing, delivering my most important lessons over those years in cockpits and crampons to you. I connect to the needs of audiences across the country speaking about courage and transformation, leadership, creativity and grit, and how we can use storytelling with our teams and organizations to succeed in times of change, overcome obstacles, and inspire and transform.


Current books: North of Hope, a memoir of courage and adventure, 2013 (Zondervan/Harper Collins), The Way the Wild Gets Inside (2015) and Grit Project publications The Trailblazers, The Pilots and The Generals (2016), all on Amazon.