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Shannon Patterson

Shannon Patterson is the founder of Connection Works. She is located in Seattle, WA.

Shannon draws on the practices of Identity Mapping®, emotional intelligence, nonviolent communication, group dynamics, complexity science, and Liberating Structures to help the people she works with navigate “the complexity in here” so they can navigate “the complexity out there” from a place of authenticity and wisdom. Whether that complexity is a personal leadership challenge, a team’s tricky dynamics, or shifting an organization’s culture, she helps bring more clarity to the complexity people face by helping them understand what’s happening beneath the surface.

Shannon also draws on a variety of professional experiences – from ropes course instructor to yoga teacher to university faculty – in her OD work. She has 25 years of business experience across the engineering, architecture, construction, education, and personal development fields.

Shannon has co-facilitated or supported Trudy James’s Aging Wisely retreats at the Whidbey Institute since 2010. As many of the participants return to the retreats year after year, Shannon has witnessed people’s lives change in amazing ways. They talk about the powerful role the retreats play in giving them the time and space to connect to what truly matters to them and “tend the seeds” of their longings and ideas.

Shannon holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, and an M.S. in Organization Development from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Between now and the next Connection Works retreat, you’ll find Shannon celebrating her birthday, working in the garden, taking long walks around her neighborhood, reading all sorts of things, splashing around in Lake Washington, and being Auntie to her 6-year-old nephew and 8-year-old niece.

Events with Shannon Patterson

Renewal: Connecting to What Matters
October 1 - 3, 2021

A Connection Works Retreat at the Whidbey Institute We’ve all been through a lot since early March 2020. The two of us at Connection Works have been powerfully moved by some of the collective sensemaking we’ve done over the last year. Hearing other’s stories and being heard by others has helped us connect to our wisdom and our longings while also revealing new perspectives and possibilities. You know, those amazing moments where someone says something that totally upends the way you’ve been thinking? Or when someone asks you a question that takes you right to the heart of the matter…