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founder & owner


Whole Leader Lab


With a distinguished career spanning 30 years in public education with over 15 of those years in leadership roles, Paula Shannon has been at the forefront of transformative leadership. Her journey, marked by significant tenure at the senior and c-suite levels, has been characterized by her unwavering commitment to fostering educational excellence and innovation. Paula's leadership has not only navigated but also helped to shape the evolution of urban public education, driving systemic changes that have positively impacted the lives of students and educators in Providence, Syracuse, and Tulsa.

As she transitions from leading school systems, Paula is embarking on a new chapter with the launch of her executive coaching and consulting practice, Whole Leader Lab. This venture is a testament to her passion for nurturing leadership potential and her belief in the transformative power of effective leadership. Whole Leader Lab is not just an executive coaching business; it is a space for leadership transformation, designed to cater to the nuanced needs of both emerging talents at the onset of their leadership journey and seasoned executives committed to continued self-actualization and legacy.

Paula's approach to executive coaching and leadership development is deeply rooted in her extensive experience and her innovative leadership philosophy. She understands that true leadership transcends management of tasks; it is about inspiring change, fostering a culture of innovation, and leading with empathy and integrity. At Whole Leader Lab, Paula aims to cultivate these qualities in leaders, empowering them to not only achieve their personal and professional goals but also to make a lasting impact in their organizations and communities.

Whole Leader Lab offers a range of coaching services, from one-on-one sessions to group workshops, all designed to unlock the full potential of leaders at various stages of their careers. Paula's methodology is both holistic and personalized, ensuring that each leader's unique journey is acknowledged and nurtured.

In a world experiencing constant change, rapid technological advancement and complicated political landscapes, the need for visionary leaders who can navigate complexity and drive positive change has never been more critical. Paula Shannon, through Whole Leader Lab, is committed to developing such leaders - leaders who are not only equipped to face the challenges of today but are also prepared to shape the future.

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