New professional women’s organization GALA

Join me June 11th at a “Media Insider’s Guide to Accelerating your Business — The Strategy Circle” with my friend and founder, Mary Morassutti.

Featuring speaker, Christine Diakos, who will talk about media and accelerating your business, and it is taking place at the swanky King One West Hotel, 1 King Street West, Toronto.

Christine DiakosChristine Diakos, TV Executive

For information about the Strategy Circle and the Gala event, and to purchase tickets, click here.



Season 3, episode 5 of Extraordinary Women TV airs tonight on Rogers TV

Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner



TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2014 – Season 3, episode five of Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner airs tonight featuring on-location interviews with Toronto’s iconic art entrepreneur, Jane Corkin, founder/director, Corkin Gallery; and Fay Athari, founder/director, Arta Gallery. Both guests share insights into the business of art. The show airs tonight at 7pm ET on Rogers TV Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough.

The show aims to empower women get their dreams into action by providing the tips and tools from some of today’s most extraordinary women. This season, Shannon goes on-location around the city of Toronto to speak with women from a range of pursuits about their passions and challenges — and how they overcome them.

Jane Corkin shoot

Now in its third season on Rogers TV, the television series began as a live web TV talk show for women in Canada, and has grown into an inspirational, relevant and informative resource for women who want to follow their hearts and dreams, and live extraordinary lives. In January 2013, the show began airing on Rogers TV in Toronto/Scarborough, with 46 episodes being produced and aired over the first two seasons. The show has also aired in several other Rogers’ Ontario markets. And last season featured the “Woman to Watch” regular segment.

Shannon’s guests are women from all walks of life and industries, including: arts and entertainment, business, charities, media, sports, experts – and more. Some past notable guests include: entrepreneur Debbie Travis; actress Mariel Hemingway; singers Jully Black and Sarah Slean; philanthropist, The Hon. Margaret McCain; dean of law faculty at the U of T, Mayo Moran; fashion designer and Canadian icon, Linda Lundstrom; president/CEO, ROM, Janet Carding; Rebecca MacDonald, founder, Just Energy; actress Sarena Parmar; Plan Canada’s president/CEO, Rosemary McCarney; among many others.

Nearly 300 episodes have been posted and archived on the web for public access since its inception in September 2010, when it began as a live web TV series, and 52 episodes have been produced to-date for Rogers TV. Extraordinary Women TV is produced and owned by Shannon Skinner and Comfy Chair Productions Inc., and is filmed in Toronto.

Rogers TV Toronto’s full scheduling information: click here.

* photo courtesy of Corkin Gallery

Inside The Private World of Mary Tripi

The moment we make the decision to pursue a dream or inner calling, we probably have no idea how long and far that journey will take us. Or how long the passion will last, given passion’s “ebb and flow” nature. Besides, creating value in this world takes time and space. This morning, I was reminded of that because I realized it was one year ago when I first met, and subsequently interviewed, one of Toronto’s iconic women entrepreneurs and hair stylists, Mary Tripi, who at 74 years of age was starting a new business adventure — and I was starting a new dream for myself.

mary Tripi new photoBy the time most people reach their early 60s, on average, they begin winding down their work life in favour of retirement. But, at 74 years — more than a decade past the median retirement age for most women (61.4 years, according to the CBC), Tripi was gearing-up her business and opening a new salon in Toronto. In the time I had spent with Tripi, what I discovered was a woman who has no intention of slowing down any time soon, but has a vision for herself that is fully alive and crystal clear.

I discovered one other thing: what I want to be when I grow up.

Now I am not talking about starting an avant-garde and cutting-edge salon business — that’s not my forte. Surely people would not pay me to give hair design advice. What I am talking about is continuing to live my passion with unstoppable energy and creativity, and maintain a youthful presence — well past the age of retirement.

Like Mary Tripi.

“Every person is beautiful.” – Mary Tripi

Born and raised in Greece, it was at the young age of 14 when Tripi began her study of hair design. Three years later, she moved in Canada, bringing with her a unique vision forged from her European training and her personal creative energy. She launched her career in Toronto’s Forest Hill neighbourhood before opening her first midtown salon in 1962, and quickly made a name for herself as an innovator in hair design. Constantly challenging herself as an industry leader, she is inspired by her clients to continue developing new creative approaches. Tripi has been named to several prestigious associations, including the Guild of Hair Design and Style Directors Committee, and she was honoured to represent Canada at the Intercoiffure in Paris.

Inspiring her son, Nicholas Vrettakos, who spent many days as a young boy in her salon absorbing the creative energy and vision, Nicholas learned the tricks of the trade, becoming a leading colorist in his own right, and eventually joined Tripi’s business, The Private World of Mary Tripi (the name is inspired by a friend’s New York-based salon many moons ago).

When the opportunity arose this past year to move her Yorkville salon, The Private World of Mary Tripi, to another location (also in Yorkville), she used that opportunity to innovate, again. True to her visionary and forward-thinking nature, the new salon includes the addition of Studio Beauty 890, a chic and modern full-service beauty boutique, in partnership with beauty expert, Cheryl Gushue.

Upon delving into Tripi’s business philosophy, in a world where fashion and lifestyles are constantly shifting, it became apparent that it reflects her personal inner values. Says Tripi, “Your hair expression should reflect these changes and move in parallel with them. I believe there is beauty and style to be found in every woman. The stylist’s final decision should be a mirror image of your individual personality and lifestyle. I create a look designed to bring that out in each of my customers.”

As Tripi continues to impact the lives of many women and men in Toronto, and creates her legacy, at the heart of her passion is a desire to inspire our city’s youth to not only look and feel their best, but also to be empowered and follow their dreams.

I want to be like Mary Tripi when I grow up.

To learn more about Mary Tripi and the keys to her success, check out my interview with her on Extraordinary Women TV.

Extraordinary Women TV announces media partnership of ‘Brand U Fabulous’

Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner





For Immediate Release

Shannon Skinner’s Extraordinary Women TV is pleased to announce its support of ‘Brand U Fabulous’ event as media partner
Hosted by Positive Fabulous Women

TORONTO, October 24, 2012 – Shannon Skinner’s Extraordinary Women TV is pleased to be the media partner of  Brand U Fabulous, an all-day event that will provide women entrepreneurs with tools and tips to help market and build their businesses. Hosted by Positive Fabulous Women, the event is taking place on Nov. 1, 2012, in Toronto.

“The event is designed to help women entrepreneurs create the business of their dreams,” says Shannon Skinner, creator and host, Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner. “Events like these that provide much needed support to women who run their own businesses are important, and I am honoured to be a part of facilitating it.”

The day will feature an all-star speaker line-up, an interactive discussion panel and breakout sessions to cover a variety of topics from marketing, writing, branding to social media. Speakers and panelists include: Donna Marie Antoniadis, Amber Mac, Steve Lowell, Laura Furtado, Bobby Umar, Casie Stewart, Julia Rosien, Melissa Ramos and Andrea Orozco.

Along with donating a portion of proceeds to Nellie’s women’s shelter, the event will showcase jewelry from the Work for Widows collection, with 25 per cent of sales also going to the shelter.

The event will be held at St. Paul Bloor Street (227 Bloor Street East), from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Toronto.

For more information, visit Extraordinary Women TV and Positive Fabulous Women.

Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner is a first-of-its-kind web TV talk show that is a unique, inspirational, informative and relevant online resource for women everywhere who want to follow their hearts and dreams. More than 160 one-on-one interviews with successful women from all walks of life — Canadian and international — have been conducted and archived since its inception in Sept. 2010.

For information, contact:

Shannon Skinner
Creator/Host, Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner
416-576-8809 (cell)

Extraordinary Women TV announces media sponsorship of Toronto Women’s Expo

Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner



For Immediate Release

Shannon Skinner’s Extraordinary Women TV announces media sponsorship of Toronto Women’s Expo

TORONTO, October 16, 2012 – Shannon Skinner’s Extraordinary Women TV is pleased to be a media sponsor of the Toronto Women’s Expo. This exciting expo brings together local women who are interested in fulfilling their dreams and aspirations, which is taking place on Dec. 1 and 2, 2012, in Toronto.

“The event is terrific for Toronto-area women who want to come together to learn what it takes to be successful and make their dreams come true,” says Shannon Skinner, creator and host, Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner.  “I am thrilled to be a part of making that happen.”

The Toronto Women’s Expo’s main goal is to provide women with the opportunity to celebrate and empower themselves. Designed to provide inspiration, education, empowerment and a community feel among women, The Toronto Women’s Expo is more than a shopping event. Various presentations and featured speakers will touch on topics that affect women, such as financial security, celebrating the various roles and stages of being a woman, motherhood and maintaining your femininity, and how to work smarter – not harder – to achieve life goals.

This event features high-profile speakers including Sophie Boyko, founder of Entrepreneur’s House of Business, an online business school providing students with the strategies they need to grow a profitable business; and Shannon Skinner, who will be speaking on the topic “Follow Your Heart.”

Toronto Women’s Expo supports six charities including: Canadian Blood Services, North York Harvest Food Bank, A Celebration of Women Foundation, WomenAide, Canadian Breast Cancer Association and Prostate Cancer.

The expo will be held at Downsview Park (40 Carl Hall Road), Studio 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Toronto.

For more information, visit Toronto Women’s Expo.

Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner is a first-of-its-kind web TV talk show that is a unique, inspirational, informative and relevant online resource for women everywhere who want to follow their hearts and dreams. More than 160 one-on-one interviews with successful women from all walks of life — Canadian and international — have been conducted and archived since its inception in Sept. 2010.

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For information, contact:

Shannon Skinner
Creator/Host, Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner
416-576-8809 (cell)

This woman created a hugely successful enterprise out of a mother’s love (VIDEO)

Jennifer Carlson Broe is the founder and president of Baby Gourmet Foods Inc., an organic baby food company specializing in nutritious and delicious packaged food for babies and toddlers.

The entrepreneurial bug bit Jennifer at the age of 7, when she started a lemonade stand and a dog walking business. As an adult, she found herself working in a 9-5 office job for years – unfulfilled and longing for more. Deep in her heart, she knew she could be a successful entrepreneur and was just waiting for the right idea.

The right idea finally came along when she started experimenting with healthy food recipes for her young children in her kitchen. Then she took her product, Baby Gourmet, to the Calgary Farmers’ Market and through word-of-mouth, largely by moms, her brand started to take off.

That was in 2006. Since, she has built a company with product distributed in major retailers across North America, and has been recognized for her leadership and innovation. Jennifer works closely with her sister, Jill, who is responsible for new product development, and she now leads a team of 13 full-time employees. Today, Baby Gourmet is available in locations where 80 per cent of all baby food is sold in Canada.

What has made Jennifer Carlson Broe and Baby Gourmet so successful? The answer might have to do with a little tender loving care.

I invite you to check out my one-on-one, in-depth interview with Jennifer Carlson Broe.

INTERVIEW: Shannon Skinner interviews Pat Mussieux, founder, (VIDEO)

I have heard it said that most women do not reach their full potential until their fifties. It seems for many women, it takes five decades of living to develop self-confidence or self-worth. It also seems to take that number of years to develop an attitude of not being concerned about what people think of them.

I have also heard it said that until we stop being worried or concerned about what others think of us, we will not become who we can truly be in this world.

The adage “life is a journey” rings true. Our life story unfolds like reading a book: word by word, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, one chapter after another, from start to finish.

When we make a major change in our lives, usually the decision is a culmination of life events and experiences, like reading a story, that brings us to the proverbial aha moment: the one that seems to take a quick snapshot of our entire past and synthesize it with our heart’s desires and vision for the future.

The aha moment that changed Pat Mussieux‘s life and put her on the path of helping women entrepreneurs achieve success was the evening she turned 50. At her 50th birthday party, her two step-children spoke fondly about Pat to family and friends who gathered to celebrate (it was a surprise party). At that point in time, Pat was experiencing an unfulfilled marriage.

Pat Musseiux interview with Shannon Skinner on Extraorinary Women TV, special report

photo credit: Pat Mussieux

Something in her that night shifted.

The woman who previously ran a half-marathon a year and had a range of business skills, made a conscious decision to change her life.

At the age of 50, she began to fully realize her potential. Over the next few years, she divorced, moved across the country, re-established her business, wrote a book, established a relationship with her mother (who was estranged), and traveled around the globe on a private plane.

But, change is not often easy, and the road was a challenging one. She found mentors and harnessed her business skills, and worked on changing her mindset and attitude with new tools and techniques. She transformed her life; creating success and happiness.

When someone transforms their life, it does not go unnoticed. Pat’s friends asked what her secrets were and, once they started to use them in their lives with positive results, the “new” gutsy and determined Pat knew she was on to something. That “something” has helped many other women entrepreneurs create successful businesses.

I caught up with Pat Mussieux at the Ignite ‘n’ Connect event in Toronto. In this on-location interview with Pat, she gives some insights about why many women entrepreneurs do not succeed in business and provides some real solutions – check out the VIDEO (below):

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