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Gardian of the Month: Donte Shannon

Q & A with Donte Shannon, executive director, Specialty Advertising Association of California. Follow him on Twitter.

Learn: Q: What’s one subject you’d like to learn more about? 
A: I am in interested in learning more about marketing and communication and its relationship to human behavior and media consumption trends.  

Network: Q: Tell us about one of your favorite personal or professional networks. What makes it special?
A: I’ve read many times that if you’re the smartest person in the room, you need to leave the room. This is why my favorite professional network is the ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP). I consider this network of top-notch association professionals to be my ever-accessible think tank. It is an honor to be surround by such brilliant and progressive people. DELP was my gateway to partnering with Event Garde.  

Transfer: Q: What resources/tools do you find most helpful in helping you retain knowledge?
A: I find that I am most able to retain knowledge when it helps me tell my story or helps me evolve my story both professionally and personally. 

Q. Please share with us a resource you just can’t live without.
A: I haven’t been able to go one day without reading the following quote: “I learned to always take on things that I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” - Ginni Rometty 

This quote tells the story of my professional life and is daily inspiration for me to keep growing and learning everyday, especially on the tough days. 

Q: What’s your favorite summer vacation spot?
A: At the moment, Miami is my favorite vacation spot, but after my recent move to Los Angeles, I believe this city will become my new vacation spot with the numerous local beaches that are close by.

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What The Tonight Show teaches us about learning

Learners who can’t find the quality education they need to compete within their chosen profession will be forced to select alternative options. Therefore, we need to stop creating and sharing with speakers a laundry list of dos and don’ts. If that were enough for them to create truly transformational experiences, they would have happened by now.

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