A trip to India in 2005 inspired Shannon to take action and begin an innovative business venture. Her drive to disrupt the social enterprise space and create lasting impact for survivors of and those at the highest risk of sex trafficking has led her to found and cultivate Sudara, a thriving benefit corporation. Sudara’s mission is rooted in job creation for women in India. Sudara products support the training and jobs for the women who make them, and also help to fund the non-profit arm that allows the organization to provide for those same women across their entire ecosystem. More than a give-back model, her organization enables women to have freedom-filled choices for themselves and for their families.
Shannon is a 2016 Bend Venture Conference (BVC) Social Impact Winner, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) member, TedX Speaker and was selected as a Top 25 SheEO World Venture Finalist. She was the recipient of the 2017 Bend Chamber of Commerce Female Entrepreneur of the Year award and has been featured in The Good Trade, Conscious Magazine, Real Simple, and Forbes.