Cultivating Intentionality: Understanding Your Natural Talents

Meike Hennon
Shannon Philip
Meike Hennon, Shannon Philip
Cultivating Intentionality: Understanding Your Natural Talents

Creating intentionality in our work creates the opportunity for personal development. We all want to be thoughtful and align our actions with our values, especially in the workforce as teammates, employees and leaders. Without making space in our lives to get to know our true selves and...

Creating intentionality in our work creates the opportunity for personal development. We all want to be thoughtful and align our actions with our values, especially in the workforce as teammates, employees and leaders. Without making space in our lives to get to know our true selves and motivations, plus our natural strengths, it is hard to routinely show up in ways that are intentional during stressful times or even important moments in our lives. That is why we have developed ways in which to help guide introspection and understand natural areas of strength and motivations so that we can show up aligned in our understanding of self and our purposeful intentions.

In this chat, we want you to walk away with:

  • A framework of understanding about your natural strengths and motivations
  • Actionable steps to define your own natural strengths and motivations
  • Strategies to infuse intentionality in your work and your life
  • Tools to keep growing

Meet The Speakers

Meike Hennon
Meike Hennon

Before co-founding Shinebright in the spring of 2012, Meike had spent most of her career in academia and education. While completing her Master’s in German at Cal State Long Beach, Meike taught German 101 to incoming freshmen. Teaching a difficult language to incoming freshmen sparked her love for students, inspiring them to learn, and helping them to believe in themselves. Meike went on to complete her Master’s and then to earn Single Subject Credentials in both English and German, now knowing that working with students was what she truly wanted to do.

While teaching at the high school level and seeing student’s challenges first-hand, Meike discovered that helping her students stay focused and motivated was often as difficult as teaching German grammar. It was then that she began to consider how she could truly make a difference in people’s lives, how she could help them discover their natural motivations and gifts before setting out on their life’s path. Thus began the idea of Shinebright, an organization determined to help people discover their talents and build them into strengths. Today Meike helps clients make career changes, grow as leaders and carve out their ideal path. Shinebright has been the perfect opportunity for Meike to utilize her teaching experience in coaching, teaching and creating and facilitating workshops and curriculums. She brings a positive energy and enthusiasm to her work that is contagious, inspiring all those she encounters.

Shannon Philip
Shannon Philip

Shannon received her B.A. in Communications from UC Santa Barbara and her M.S. in Organization Development from Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. In graduate school she focused on Adults Identifying Paths to Career Passion and helping leaders appreciate and leverage the unique talents of the people within their organizations.

Since co-founding Shinebright in 2012, Shannon has worked with hundreds of people, from 7th graders to recent college graduates to mid-life adults transitioning to new careers, helping them identify their natural talents, what makes them unique, and how to thrive in their lives.

In one of her last sessions of graduate school, as part of a future commitment exercise, Shannon wrote the following on a piece of paper: “I am the possibility of every person recognizing their unique gifts.” Lofty, perhaps, but this personal commitment has grown into her hopes and dreams for Shinebright. “I want to reach as many people as possible and help them discover what it is they have to offer this world–and maybe in a little less time than it took me.”

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