Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner

Communication Coach & Consultant,
Thought Leader, Keynote Speaker,
DEI & Communication Skills Trainer

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My Story

When I stepped out from the shadows of my closet.
And let go of the bad feelings I had toward myself.

 I found my voice.
I started to express myself.
I started to flourish as a communicator, a thought leader, and as an advocate for human rights.

And through my story, my truth, and my unique voice, people started to listen to me.
To celebrate my work.
To respect me as a leader.
And to look up to me as a mentor.


All you need is an OPEN MIND, an OPEN HEART, and the TIME & SPACE to commit to your success, to discover your voice, and the willingness to grow as a speaker, a writer, and a leader.

My pronouns are she/they, and I earned my doctorate in May of 2017 from my dream school, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

While at UNC-CH and for the last 20 years, I have become:

a cross-continental scholar, an industry leader, and performing artist whose work spans across the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Since 2016, I've brought together academic, wellness, and communication coaching and consulting expertise for a cross-cultural and cross-continental integration of innovative ideas, healthy practices, and creativity.

​Let me bring what I've learned the past 20 years directly to you. 

For your growth as a diverse professional, as an underrepresented leader, and as a better version of yourself. 

I can't wait for us to get started.
I can't wait to see you shine.
I can't wait for you to become the best version of yourself.

My Approach

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Experience & Accomplishments

Dr. SWL’s Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 Clients: Apple, Google, KPMG, VISA, PayPal, Wells Fargo, Jelly Belly, Dignity Health, Kaiser, Syneos, Entisys, Wave Broadband South

Collaborations with Universities: Princeton, Brown, UC Davis Med Center, University of California, Brown, Université de Montréal, Stanford, Oxford, Waseda University in Tokyo 

Work with US Government Entities: California Commission of Clean Energy, Office of Management and Budget, White House

Work with International Government Entities: 
Communication Action Team Leader at the Gyeonggi Culture Foundation and Working with South Korean Gyeonggi province governor, Sohn Hak-kyu

Exclusive Private Tutor and Writing Coach for Ekei-Lalii Remengesau (The Princess of the Island of Palau)

Publications, Courses, & Recent Performances

“The Black Queer/Trans Femme Representation of Beyoncé’s Media Ventriloquisms and the National Voice” sole author of chapter in Media Ventriloquism. 

Media Ventriloquism, edited by Shannon Wong Lerner, Jennifer Fleeger, and Jaimie Baron. New York: Oxford University Press, March, 2021.

“All of My Work is Performance: Irigarayan Methods of Breath for Dance and Voice” — May 1, 2017, Breathing with Luce Irigaray (Bloomsbury, 2013)

Pervers/cité “I Feel Bad that You Felt Bad / You Felt Bad that I Feel Bad” (Two cute API queers fall in love during a pandemic)
Play and Reading: by Shannon Wong Lerner and Mirah V. Lucas, August 30, 2020, Montreal, Canada

Asian Queer Love: Radical, Open-hearted Love for PRIDE 2021 with Cheryl Leong

A Career Course for Madecraft

Speak Your Way to Success Course for Wholehearted.org

Trainings & Mentors

Sivananda Yoga Farm Ashram in Grassvalley 

Opera and Voice Studies at Impact Online Voice Studio with Monifa Harris

Performance Studies and Communication Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D.

Rhetoric and Technical Communication, from Michigan Technological University, M.S.

English: Creative Writing, San Francisco State University, B.A.

Applied Voice, Classical and Jazz, American River College, A.A.

CELTA TESOL Cambridge Certification for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Seminars and Collaborations with the philosopher, Luce Irigaray, Multiple Certifications with Alma Mater Europaea, University of Bristol, University of the West of England

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