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Shannon Huffman Polson
Shannon Huffman PolsonHeadshot

Shannon Huffman Polson

The Army veteran, attack aviation leader, and author takes audiences on a journey into the heart and to the place where they find the innate grit to lead and succeed with passion and purpose. 

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From the cockpit to the boardroom, Shannon Huffman Polson shares stories of grit and leadership to help others overcome fear, break through uncertainty, and reach their full potential.

Shannon is a woman of many firsts. Among those high points: She is one of the first women to fly Apache combat helicopters in the U.S. Armed Forces, where she served on three continents and led two flight platoons and a line company.

After nearly a decade as an Army officer and attack aviation leader, and later as a leader and manager in the corporate sector at Guidant and Microsoft, Shannon turned her attention to storytelling, in part through her Grit Project blog and in her forthcoming book. In The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience and Leadership in the most Male Dominated Industry in the World (2020), Shannon shares her own critical leadership lessons along with candid stories of remarkable female leaders and trailblazers. 

Drawing on a distinguished military and corporate career, she reveals her lessons learned and leadership strategies to help you harness your own inner strength, move beyond resistance, and attain your goals. With an emphasis on grit – which she describes as “a dogged determination in the face of difficult circumstances” – she demonstrates how to tap into that passion and resolve so you can face your limitations, own your sense of purpose, and become a leader of greatness. 

One of the first U.S. Army Women Apache Helicopter Captains and Pilots, Author of North of Hope and The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience and Leadership in the most Male Dominated Industry in the World (2020)
Keywords: U.S. Army; Author; Grit; Breaking Barriers; Leadership

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