who is this Bonny chick?

(and why is she so awesome?)

Bonny Shade believes that friendships are essential to the soul. As a published author in leadership and risk reduction, Bonny is using her voice to make a difference. She lives like Beyonce, handles business like Moana, and speaks truth like Kanye. Her favorite quote is, "there is still much to be done, let us not lose sight," and she uses that concept as a core tenant for all she does. Bonny believes that everyone has a powerful story. She is telling her own story to educate and empower others to  live their values and understand what truly matters.  As a full time speaker and educator, Bonny speaks to more than 25,000 people annually about difficult topics with a holistic world view.  She is a true believer that continued education and purposeful action can change the world. While she is not speaking or traveling, Bonny serves ForCollegeForLife as Partner and Chief Culture Officer, aligning and developing company culture and values. 

As a born and raised Floridian, Bonny graduated form Florida Gulf Coast University with a B.A. in Secondary Education for Biology. After a year teaching high school science, she knew she was ready to hit the books- again! She traveled north to Bowling Green State University where she graduated with her Mater of Arts in College Student Personnel.  With multiple trainings in  Sexual Assault Prevention, Survivor Advocacy & Support, Leadership Development, Social Event Planning, Risk Reduction, Counseling, and Human Development, she is a true life long learner. During her free time, she enjoys exploring her favorite city and home in Charlotte, NC., spending time with her dogs & friends, and eating new food. She is a doer, change agent, and self-proclaimed bad ass; leaving a trail of fun and inspiration everywhere she goes. 


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Hey You.

The person reading this, looking for help, looking for answers; yes you.

I want you to know that I believe you. I hear you. I see you. I know life is hard and you never want others to see you fail. I get it.

How? Because that's me.

I'm Bonny. I've been through a lot. I also know there is growth and resilience on the other side of pain. There are answers you may not have yet, and that moment you thought was your lightbulb moment isn't done shining bright.

You have a story to tell. You have a life to live. You have happiness to gain. You have a long way to go.

But know that I am here: cheering for you, watching you, supporting you, and I will never stop fighting for you. We are game changes. We are impactful. We are Survivors.

You're Gold. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Let's change the world together. One conversation at a time.

- B. Shade