The Heart of Shana's Work

Shana is passionate about working with organizations and communities that have experienced trauma with the intention of promoting health and resilience. She has over 30 years’ experience providing training and consultation for non-profit organizations, tribal communities, and government agencies.

Shana also coaches leaders for their own professional development and the development of their organizations. Her approach is grounded in her own extensive leadership experience and practical application of cutting-edge theory. 

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Shana's Approach 


Shana is known for her compassion, insight, humor, and collaboration. She is a bridge builder and brings a calm and capable presence to conflicted and painful situations. 

Teaching, Research, Writing

Shana is an accomplished researcher, author, and presenter in the areas of resilience, leadership, indigenous empowerment, and organizational trauma. She facilitates workshops on a number of topics including Organizational trauma and healing, Building personal and organizational resilience, and Leadership development.

She developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Antioch University, the Muckleshoot Tribal College, and the University of Alaska. Her courses included Communication and Coaching Skills, Group Facilitation, Spirit at Work, Professional Ethics, Organizational Trauma and Healing, and Leadership. She has received several awards for promoting diversity and for her work with students. She now counts many graduates as trusted colleagues. 

Paying It Forward

Shana offers classes pro bono on “organizational trauma and building resilience” to social work and psychology students across the U.S. and internationally. She serves as a sounding board for colleagues, supporting them as they explore their learning edges and encouraging them to pursue bold ideas.

More about Shana


Shana received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington, and a PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. Her dissertation was a study of nonprofit leaders during organizational trauma.

Shana's heritage is German, Kainai/Blackfoot, English, and Scots. Her father was in the U.S. Army and her family lived in Germany for ten years prior to her graduating high school. She lives in Seattle and travels extensively to visit with family and friends around the world. Family, friends and travel nurture her heart; she dances for energy, does needlepoint for beauty, and meditates for her spirit.

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Shana’s recent clients

  • School of Social Work, University of Alaska-Fairbanks

  • Capital Region Education School District

  • Florida Coalition Against Sexual Violence

  • US Coast Guard Base Seattle

  • Muckleshoot Tribal College

  • Office for Equity and Inclusion, The Evergreen State College

  • Washington Community and Technical College Counselor Association

  • Century Ballroom, Seattle


Recent workshops

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“Dr. Shana Hormann is a down-to-earth group facilitator. Shana creates a safe and inviting environment for groups to communicate and move forward in their work. She is adept at reading group members’ body language, listening to individual members, and holding multiple perceptions.”

— Denise Bill, M.O.S.T. Program Manager Muckleshoot Tribal College


“Shana helped us to create a safe, comfortable space to discuss organizational culture, staff dynamics, and leadership transition. She is thoughtful in her approach, listens well, validates concerns and is easy to connect with. She led us through exercises and experiences together that helped us put common language to concepts that so often go unrecognized and undefined.”

— Theresa Pritchard, Esq., Associate Director and General Council and Kris-Tena Albers, APRN, Director, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training and Sustainability Program, Florida Council Against Sexual Violence