Shasta Nelson, a female friendship expert, is the Founder and C.E.O. of GirlFriendCircles.com--the female friendship matching site in 35 cities across the U.S. and Canada where women of all ages go to make local friends, and is the author of Friendships Don’t Just Happen! The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends.
She is regularly appearing in the media offering her expertise on such subjects as creating new friends, learning how to to forgive our friends, social media's impact on our friendships, and the characteristics of healthy friendships. A few of the TV shows she's been on include The Today Show, Katie Couric's Show, The Early Show, and Fox Business. She's relied upon by writers and reporters from such magazines as Cosmopolitan, Essence, Parents, More, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and Glamour, and for such newspapers as The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle.
Her spirited and soulful voice can also be found at ShastasFriendshipBlog.com and in her Huffington Post column where she regularly contributes on relationship health. She also teaches, lectures, and hosts Friendship Accelerator events in her hometown of San Francisco and throughout the U.S.
Numerous paradigms about friendship stem from Shasta’s teaching including: the Friendship Continuum to highlight the five intensities of friendships, the Frientimacy triangle that models how healthy friendships are formed, and the 5 Stages of Friendship that reveals the life span of a friendship.
Her training includes a master's degree in spiritual growth and a bachelor's degree in communication, plus a decade of experience in short-term counseling, coaching leaders and teams, speaking at international motivational and teaching venues, organizing events and retreats, and starting two nonprofits.
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