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Shawntan Howell

To encounter Shawntan is to encounter a paradigm shift in the way you view yourself, and the way you view the world. A visionary and conscientious thought leader, inspirational speaker, workshop facilitator and mentor, Shawntan Howell is firmly committed to developing others. Her commitment to the development of people is what led to the creation of Girls Are Powerful, a movement complete with engaging workshops, specialized programs and a product line of INSPIRE ME tee-shirts, notebooks and more; all designed to inspire and encourage the next generation of girls and young women to embrace their individuality, hone their POWER and confidently walk in the direction of their dreams and goals.

A native of Chicago, IL, Shawntan plowed through obstacles, determined to make more of her life than that her surroundings offered. Pushed by her mother who exposed her to different, enriching life experiences and ensured she was educated outside of her community, Shawntan holds a B.A. in Statistics and Computer Science from the University of Minnesota-Morris and an M.A. in Leadership from Augsburg College. Shawntan has facilitated workshops for several of the Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valley Girl Scout troops, and with a sharp focus on community involvement, has partnered with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of The Links. Forever advancing the mission, Shawntan has been featured in several local and national platforms including Insight News, Minnesota Got News Wire, the EncourageHer Network and Women Helping Other Women Live, Love & Learn with Michelle Dean.

Shawntan currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota where she continues to uplift and enlighten young girls by creating a shared understanding of how girls and young women should feel and view themselves.

Special THANK YOU to those who inspired me to reach for my dream and those who encouraged and pushed me to the next level of this journey. Everyone needs to be inspired at some point in their lives, so thank you for being my inspiration!