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Shanna B. Van Ness
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Shanna Van Ness has worked for the City University of New York in many capacities – Student Services, Human Resources, Training & Staff Development, and lastly, as Technology Trainer CUNY’s technology implementation.

Shanna is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy and Administration with a specialization in public management and leadership at Walden University. At this time, she is in the proposal writing stage of her dissertation examining gender diversity in male dominant work environments.

Shanna is an active member of the National Association of Professional Women New York City Chapter in which she believes surrounding yourself with powerful, insightful, and courageous women is key to building strategic networks.

Entries by Shanna B. Van Ness

Protect Your Brand

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 3:32 PM

As we work to build our professional brand we often play "tug of war" with balancing our personal and professional life. In either forum -- personal or professional -- we often find ourselves saying "yes" to everyone and everything. No matter how much we do it feels like it is...

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It's a New Year, Swallow Your Fear

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 4:11 PM

It's a new year! And, while we engage in the ritual of making resolutions to strengthen us to be greater individuals purposed to create a greater community, it is important we realize that the "new self" we long to become deserves the freedom of fearless living.

Although filled with trials,...

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3 Ways to Spark Your Next Career Move

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 12:41 PM

We know that career ascension requires movement. However, determining when to make a move can prove to be an arduous and complex process. Both personal and professional motives can set off a timer that catapults the next course of action into focus. Therefore, having the right tools in place can...

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Leadership Ascension Embodies Ridding Negative Learned Behavior

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 4:41 PM

As women in pursuit of leadership ascension it is necessary to inventory your learned behavior to ensure proper momentum and trajectory towards your goals.

Simply put, learned behavior can be defined as traits that have been embodied through cultural, social, and personal experiences honed by conditioning, rewarding, or punishment.

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Core Ingredients to Lead Effectively

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 1:32 PM

Whether you are an entrepreneur or part of an organization, climbing the ladder of success as a leader in the 21st century is essential and must include core ingredients to lead effectively.

As professional women, one of our goals in running our own company or ascending to a leadership role...

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Brand Yourself As a 21st Century Leader

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 2:21 PM

In the article, "Exploring a Taxonomy of Global Leadership Competencies and Metacompetancies" by Tubbs & Schultz (2006) it was concluded that personality, value, behavioral traits and personal characteristics are the core components of being an effective leader.

Ultimately, creating a brand as a 21st century leader is a critical to...

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Effective Leaders Build Success-Driven Teams: Lead With Three C's

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 12:50 PM

Recently, I asked myself a serious question about my career: "Is it professionally healthy to remain a boss, or is it time to stand up and be leader?"

After a deep discussion with some coworkers, a colleague gave me a chart which described the traits of a boss versus a...

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Self-Assessment Leads to Career Ascension

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 4:19 PM

When organizations seek to change and improve a product or service, various business assessments are applied. Organizations undergo strategic analysis to build their brand in order to compete in the market. This assessment can range from conducting a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis to etching a cause and...

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Work-life Balance is a Life Saver

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 3:35 PM

As professional women, we often find ourselves on the seesaw of life. We balance work, children, our personal life, care for an elderly parent, and in some cases pursue our own educational or entrepreneurial goals.

We all share the same story in that from sunrise to sunset, there is not...

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Goal Set: Strive for Career Security vs. Job Security

(3) Comments | Posted May 18, 2013 | 3:47 PM

Understanding the difference between advancing your career versus maintaining a job is essential for professional sustainability in any organization.

I grew up in an era where the proverbial speech was "go to school, get good grades, and you'll be rewarded with a good job." Now trust me, as a working...

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Does the Glass Ceiling Exist or Do We Often Times Create Our Own?

(4) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 9:56 AM

I don't doubt the glass ceiling is still evident in the workplace. Women still encounter gender bias, barriers to leadership ascension, and segregation in the workplace. However, after a recent professional situation of my own I started to wonder if I was creating my own ceiling.

The question rose of...

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