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About WIAL USA

THE WORLD INSTITUTE FOR ACTION LEARNING-USA (WIAL-USA)

is a non-profit organization dedicated to the growth and advancement of Action Learning in business and government. Simply put, WIAL-USA solves problems, cultivates productive teams, and builds leaders in real time. As organizations face new and increasing pressures, Action Learning is more relevant than ever as an effective solution for solving complex problems and building strong working teams.

Specifically, action learning is remarkable in its ability to:

  • solve problems and challenges with breakthrough and sustaining strategies,
  • develop the leadership skills and qualities needed by twenty-first-century managers,
  • develop teams that continuously improve their capability to form and adapt, and
  • capture, transfer, and apply valuable knowledge at the individual, group, organizational, and community levels.

Additionally, WIAL-USA promotes Action Learning through forums, certification workshops, professional coaching, research, thought leadership, publications and other initiatives.

 

Shannon Banks

Vice President & FSG (Fund Raising, Scholarship & Grants) Directorshannonbanks

Shannon Banks was the first WIAL certified coach certified in the United Kingdom and has been an advocate of action learning for more than a decade. She is a Master Action Learning Coach, and frequently uses Action Learning to support her clients in creating sustainable cultural change. She is co-author of the third edition of Optimizing the Power of Action Learning: Real-Time Strategies for Developing Leaders, Building Teams, and Transforming Organizations, published Spring 2018. Shannon is a WIAL Board Member since 2015 and is currently Vice President and Chair of the Institute’s Committee for Fundraising, Scholarships and Grants.

In addition to her work with WIAL, Shannon is Managing Director of Be Leadership, a leadership company focused on developing social leaders for greater business impact. An experienced coach, facilitator, and consultant, Shannon’s work helps companies develop leaders who understand the true value of social impact and have the skills needed to thrive in a modern work environment. Shannon was a finalist in the 2017 Best Business Women Awards.

Before forming Be Leadership, Shannon spent 17 years with Microsoft in a variety of leadership roles across the business and HR, with responsibilities managing globally distributed, multi-functional teams. Most recently, she served as Talent Management Director for Western Europe. She was Microsoft’s global thought leader for Action Learning and responsible for the development of Front Lines, an award-winning experience that links learning directly to business impact through work with partners in the developing world. She has completed an executive coaching certification with the NeuroLeadership Institute and is accredited as an ACC with the International Coach Federation. Shannon is also certified and experienced in numerous methods and tools that support development, including Hogan Assessments, Lumina Spark, MRG Personal Directions, Open Space, World Café, FIRO-B and MBTI®.

Before forming Be Leadership, Shannon spent 17 years with Microsoft in a variety of leadership roles across the business and HR, with responsibilities managing globally distributed, multi-functional teams. Most recently, she served as Talent Management Director for Western Europe. She was Microsoft’s global thought leader for Action Learning and responsible for the development of Front Lines, an award-winning experience that links learning directly to business impact through work with partners in the developing world. She has completed an executive coaching certification with the NeuroLeadership Institute and is accredited as an ACC with the International Coach Federation. Shannon is also certified and experienced in numerous methods and tools that support development, including Hogan Assessments, Lumina Spark, MRG Personal Directions, Open Space, World Café, FIRO-B and MBTI®.

Shannon is a slow but persistent runner, an avid reader and mother to a 13-year-old daughter Madeline. She enjoys cooking, vegetable gardening and playing Xbox games, and lives with her family outside of London, in a Chertsey home built in 1725. She is active in her local community and volunteers with the Runnymede Food Bank.

Shannon Banks: shannon@be-leadership.com +44 7973 943 143 (m) www.be-leadership.com

Our Services

We increase the effectiveness of organizations and their ability to improve their bottom line results through:

  • Standalone problem solving methodology to solve critical problems and develop leadership competencies at the same time. While simultaneously developing teams.
  • Methodology to blend with other corporate programs making them more effective: (onboarding, D&I, Training, Leadership Development, Change Management etc.
  • Leadership Development
  • Team Building
  • Team Coaching
  • Coach Training
  • Specific Learning and Development prepackaged programs to be delivered/adapted to the organization: Learning through Questions, Building a Learning Organization etc.
  • Promoting a culture of ongoing engagement and inclusion
  • Team Projects

Coach Certification training and support-

Advanced training and programs with WIAL inside

University Action Learning Classes

Upcoming Programs

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