Sherry Shannon-Vanstone: Business Challenges Female Entrepreneurs Face In The Modern Economy

Mission Facilitators International
Mar 26, 2024
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Are you ready to tune into the latest insights on intuitive leadership and AI in business? Dive into the newest episode of “The Business of Intuition” with your host Dean Newlund, featuring powerhouse guest Sherry Shannon-Vanstone! In this episode, we unravel the resources many business leaders may be overlooking. With Sherry’s rich background as a serial tech entrepreneur and advocate for women in STEM and leadership, she shares her insights on connecting great people to achieve great outcomes and the mission of her company, Profound Impact.


About Sherry Shannon-Vanstone:

Sherry Shannon-Vanstone is a cryptographer, mathematician, philanthropist, and serial entrepreneur, having had successful exits with start-ups in both Silicon Valley and the Toronto-Waterloo tech corridor. With a security and tech background, she is not only a female reference for business but also for science. Throughout her career, she has been a trailblazer in the fields of STEM, business, and philanthropy as well as working as a cryptologic mathematician with the US Government. She holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Tennessee and an honorary doctorate from Western University in Ontario.

Sherry founded Profound Impact in 2018 to connect great people to do great things. Profound Impact’s data, AI, and analytics-driven solutions help education, research, and social impact organizations automate their processes, measure program impact, tell their story, and inform strategy. Sherry brings a wealth of experience in business startups, technology, systems security, philanthropy, and leadership. She has made a major contribution to the advancement of all women, in particular young women, in the science, research, and technology areas.


In this episode, Dean Newlund and Sherry Shannon-Vanstone cover these key topics:

  • Sherry, an advocate for women in STEM and leadership, introduces her company’s mission which is based on utilizing AI technology to match firms with relevant grants and funding options. Highlighting the challenges and steps involved in acquiring funding, she mentions that a staggering 30% of available funding goes unused annually due to various inefficiencies, representing a global sum of around $300 billion.
  • Throughout the podcast, Dean and Sherry delve into how AI is increasingly becoming part of work routines, often without users even realizing it. They address how AI can streamline efficiency and the importance of corporate boards familiarizing themselves with AI technology. Given AI’s prevalence in decision-making, a blend of technology and intuition seems necessary, especially considering societal biases that could be embedded within AI models.
  • The conversation also covers the need for companies to consider AI’s potential in automating their processes and the significance of staying informed about AI developments. Towards the end, Sherry shares how listeners can connect with her through LinkedIn, and Dean wraps up the episode by inviting the audience to engage with the ‘Business of Intuition’ podcast through various platforms.


“Your first step is to understand what you want to do and what you have the capacity to do.” — Sherry Shannon-Vanstone


Connect with Sherry Shannon-Vanstone:  

Website URL: https://profoundimpact.com/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherry-shannon-vanstone-10281b4/



See Dean’s TedTalk “Why Business Needs Intuition” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEq9IYvgV7I


Connect with Dean:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgqRK8GC8jBIFYPmECUCMkw

Website: https://www.mfileadership.com/

The Mission Statement E-Newsletter: https://www.mfileadership.com/blog/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deannewlund/

X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/deannewlund

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissionFacilitators/

Email: dean.newlund@mfileadership.com

Phone: 1-800-926-7370



Show notes by Podcastologist: Hanz Jimuel Alvarez


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