TRANSCEND is a facilitated mastermind with two two-day retreats for senior women ready to move to the next level, however they define it. They are committed, courageous and creative, but may feel stuck, frustrated, or unsure on their next steps. Most are lonely in their positions; there are few other senior women where they work. They crave connection and community with similar women. This year long Mastermind workshops challenges, provides targeted work in areas defined by the participants, builds confidence, connection and community. We’ll meet monthly by Zoom, and twice a year for a two-day retreat.

TRANSCEND facilitator Shannon Huffman Polson is author of The Grit Factor, founder of The Grit Institute, and veteran of both Army Aviation and the corporate world, leading teams at Microsoft. She is also a mom of two boys, an avid outdoors person, an adventurer, a traveler, a community leader and a musician, a poet and person of faith. Polson keynotes to audiences around the world on leadership, grit, purpose and resilience, and has led transformational training at Fortune 100 companies and top business schools. She is faculty at the Tuck School’s Executive Education program.


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Meet Shannon.

Hi, I’m Shannon Huffman Polson, author of The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience and Leadership in the Most Male Dominated Origination in the World. I wore the Army uniform for a decade as one of the first women to fly the Apache helicopter in the U.S. Army, leading line units on three continents, before transitioning through my MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth and leading outstanding teams in the corporate world as well in the medical device industry and at Microsoft. 

My first book, North of Hope: A Daughter’s Arctic Journey takes you through a very personal journey of grit and resilience. In The Grit Factor, I gather input from not only my own story, but the stories, lessons and tactical applications of dozens of other leaders in their fields. This is what I offer to clients through world class keynotes and executive education in grit and resilience, purpose and storytelling.