Hello, I'm Shannon

About Shannon

Shannon Banks, Managing Director, is a consultant, facilitator and executive coach with extensive experience working with leaders and teams in the commercial sector. Shannon has a passion for social leadership and created Be Leadership to work with global clients on becoming more authentic, more aligned and more engaged.

Prior to her current work, Shannon spent 20 years in the technology industry, where she held a variety of global leadership roles across the business and HR. She has won global awards for her work in leadership development and talent management and is a sought-after public speaker.


Shannon has extensive experience in consulting across all aspects of people strategy. With a corporate leadership background that spans product development, product marketing, planning and HR, Shannon brings a unique perspective that ensures all people challenges are looked at through a broader business lens.


Working directly with the client to create custom solutions to meet business needs, Shannon designs and delivers impactful development experiences for global executives and senior high-potential leaders. With a focus on experiential learning and business impact, Shannon’s award-winning programs are dynamic and high energy, accelerating participants’ readiness for future leadership.


Shannon is a trained and experienced coach, with more than a decade of experience providing coaching to executives and high-potential talent in multi-national organizations. In additional to traditional executive coaching, Shannon specializes in Action Learning, an experiential approach that provides the framework and methodologies to advance social leadership skills while solving complex business challenges.

Shannon is the proud recipient of a number of awards for her work, across the areas of innovation, collaboration, program design and leadership skills.


2013 Best Practice Institute Top Practitioner Award

Awarded for work in Talent Management

2011 EFMD Excellence in Practice Award

Awarded for collaboration with Emerging World

2010 Microsoft Circle of Excellence

Platinum Club, Microsoft’s highest award for achievement

2010 Optimas Award for Corporate Citizenship

Awarded for development of program in emerging markets

2010 WIAL Outstanding Organization Award

Awarded for innovation in Action Learning

2003 Microsoft Values Role Model

Awarded for exemplary people leadership

Shannon is a sought-after public speaker and has given talks and run workshops at a number of global events.


Happy Workplaces Conference, London, 2015

TED-style talk on moving from connectivity to connection

HR Vision Conference, London, 2014

TED-style talk on leading with vulnerability

Best Practice Institute Board Meeting, London, 2013

Presentation on design and delivery of Front Lines program

Organization Development World Summit, Budapest, 2010

Experiential workshop on social action learning

EDHEC MBA Program, Nice, 2009-2011

Talks on breakthrough leadership and personal journey

Prior to her current work, 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. She served as Talent Management Director for Western Europe, a Senior HR Business Partner supporting the Advertising & Online business for Europe and as a Worldwide Leadership Development Consultant. She was Microsoft’s global thought leader for action learning and was responsible for the development of Front Lines, an award-winning action learning experience that links learning directly to business impact through work with partners in the developing world. Front Lines was held in Kenya in 2010, Peru in 2011, The Philippines in 2013 and most recently in Ghana in February 2014.