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The desire to be seen, loved, and belong drives so many of our decisions. 

Especially when it comes to connecting in community.

Community plays a powerful role in our wellbeing and culture.

But what happens when the communities we are in make us sicker? 

Part of the antidote to toxic communities is finding spaces that support bumping up against our fear of being misunderstood, our fear of not being able to handle a difference of opinion, our fear of rejection. But this is a messy process and many spaces struggle with creating this kind of culture. 

And when our places of work and learning and worship struggle with messy realities, community feels less like community and more like a place for us to perform and check boxes.

Our connections and relationships become transactional instead of a place where we grow and strengthen. And when we are in transactional spaces, we are not truly seen, and the deep change we desire doesn’t happen. 

But Community can serve as a catalyst and container for healing and growth. 

My guest today is cultivating spaces that are much needed medicine to us individually and collectively. 

Founder, leader, and community builder, Shannon Siriano Greenwood knows the benefits of building her network with meaningful relationships over bountiful connections. Her work supports women professionals in creating meaningful connections that will support them both professionally and personally.

Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • What Shannon’s first event taught her about burnout, work-life balance, and how we measure success
  • How growing up striving for external validation translated into perfectionism and burnout in Shannon’s life as an adult
  • How her background in the competitive world of ballet has shaped her adult relationships with women and the community she’s built with Rebelle
  • Why Shannon and her team are committed to creating safe spaces for their community to explore and challenge their internalized biases
  • How to bring curiosity and gratitude to building your network 

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meet the founder

I’m Rebecca Ching, LMFT.

I help change-making leaders get to the root of recurring struggles and get confidently back on track with your values, your vision, and your bottom line. 

I combine psychotherapeutic principles, future-forward coaching, and healthy business practices to meet the unique needs and challenges of highly-committed leaders in a high-stakes world.

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