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Shannon O'Brien, M.A., Ed.M. 


  • Cities:                                         Boston. London. Rome. Tokyo. Los Angeles.
  • Music:                                         Depeche Mode. Daft Punk. Lana Del Rey. Marc Rebillet.
  • TV show:                            Fawlty Towers. Downton Abbey. Schitt's Creek
  • Holiday:                             Bali, Indonesia
  • Food:                                  Japanese Izakayas
  • Drink:                                  Green tea matcha

  • Superpowers:                       Empathizing. Motivating. Writing & Editing.. Networking. 
  • Aspiring to be:                 Healed & Whole (Peaceful, Loving, Joyful & Free).

Watch Video to hear how I developed the Whole U. process.


Dear Fellow Seeker,

I'm here to help you find career alignment - while also maintaining joy and freedom in your life

My own [authentic] career journey began after September 11th, 2001. As a graduating college senior, I had attended personal development seminars that helped me commit to "integrity" as a guiding principle. So I went on to pursue:

  • An M.A. as a Rotary World Peace Fellow in Tokyo, Japan, and an
  • Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation & Education from Harvard University. 

After working 7 years at Harvard and MIT (promoting diversity and invention respectively), I founded Whole U. in 2012. I've advised hundreds of men and women, aged 18 to 65, from dozens of countries, in every industry to - "pursue their life's work" - through planning projects, applying for jobs and grants, networking internationally, and most importantly - being true to themselves.

I was born in the US, grew up 10 years in Europe, and have traveled to 36 countries - continuing to open my mind to new people, cultures, and what is inherent in each of us . . . 


I look forward to working with you!

 ☮️ & ❤️,

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