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Shannon Huffman Polson

Founder, Leadership Speaker and Author at The Grit Institute

Winthrop, Washington, United States

Founder, The Grit Institute, Leadership Speaker and Author

I help companies and organizations develop and deploy purpose-driven leadership for engaged and resilient employees and world-class results. | Author | CEO of The Grit Institute | Host of The Grit Factor podcast

Available For: Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Seattle or Lyon, France
Speaking Topics: Grit and Resilience, Paths to Purpose

Shannon Huffman Polson Points
Academic 0
Author 63
Influencer 46
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 0
Total 109

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Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Minimum Project Size: Undisclosed
Average Hourly Rate: Undisclosed
Number of Employees: Undisclosed
Company Founded Date: Undisclosed

Areas of Expertise

Culture 31.22
Future of Work
Leadership 31.01
Diversity and Inclusion 38.25
Entrepreneurship 30.25
Business Strategy 30.12

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research


1 Book
The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience and Leadership in the Most Male Dominated Organization in the World
Harvard Business Review Press
September 08, 2020
What does it take for women to succeed in a male-dominated world? The Grit Factor.

At age nineteen, Shannon Huffman Polson became the youngest woman ever to climb Denali, the highest mountain in North America. She went on to reach the summits of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Kilimanjaro and spent more than a decade traveling the world. Yet it was during her experience serving as one of the Army's first female attack helicopter pilots, and eventually leading an Apache flight platoon on deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina, that she learned the lessons of leadership that forever changed her life.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Diversity and Inclusion

1 Podcast
The Grit Factor Podcast
Apple Podcasts
July 06, 2022
The Grit Factor: Re-imagining grit as part of the whole person in a life that matters.

Season One brings you an admiral, a fighter pilot, an Olympian and a technology founder, the first two women Army Rangers and more. What have they learned about getting through times of extreme change and challenge, and what can you take away from their stories and lessons? These voices in the vanguard talk about how to get through when things get tough. Join us, for The Grit Factor.

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Tags: Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy

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