Shasta Nelson

Expert in belongingness & connection accelerating high-trust, meaningful & healthy relationships

All the problems we face in business today require strong and collaborative relationships. Unfortunately, most of us don’t know how to intentionally and quickly create those relationships in a fast-changing, hybrid, and lonely world. The solution? Belongingness.

Belongingness is the quality or state of being connected to others in a way that leaves one feeling seen and appreciated. When we believe that we belong, we are happier, healthier, more productive, and more engaged. With over 15 years of research and experience, Shasta Nelson knows what it takes to create belongingness—at work and in all your social relationships.

A pioneer in belongingness, Shasta Nelson is an in-demand keynote speaker, popular media resource, and author of three books in which she teaches how to build healthy relationships, including "The Business of Friendship: Making the Most of the Relationships Where We Spend Most of Our Time."

For over 15 years, Shasta has been translating the science of human connection into actionable practices that lead to greater belonging in our communities and workplaces. Her expertise has activated organizations such as Google and LinkedIn to intentionally create and accelerate the high-trust and resilient relationships that lead to higher employee retention, engagement, and collaboration.

Shasta is a contributor to the Harvard Business Review; has been featured in hundreds of publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and TIME magazine; and has appeared as a guest on the Harvard Business Review podcast, the Today Show, and the Steve Harvey Show. Shasta is a two-time featured TEDx speaker, with her first TED talk receiving over 800,000 views, and she has delivered 500+ keynotes for over 20 different industries, including tech, healthcare, non-profits, education, and more.

Whether you or your organization are seeking to improve employee retention, engagement, and collaboration, or improve mental health and wellbeing within your community, teams, or leadership, Shasta’s highly acclaimed keynotes will activate your audience to intentionally create and accelerate the high-trust and healthy relationships that create a culture of belonging and support.

Expertise: Social Relationships, Belongingness, Corporate Culture, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Teamwork/Team Building, Mental Health & Wellness, Loneliness

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