Women’s History Month takeover series: a conversation with Patricia Shea

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, Platinum Rule Advisors is spotlighting women who inspire us. Our founder, Leonora Zilkha Williamson, is chatting with some of her most admired women and learning about the women who inspired them.

Our second guest is Patricia Shea, partner of Shea Advisory Services, a consultancy that provides services to for-profit and nonprofit organizations in leadership, philanthropy, gender equity, and social justice. With over 18 years of leadership experience in for-profit healthcare, Pat’s passion for social impact and the fight against domestic violence is initiating widespread change across Nashville and beyond.

Ms. Shea was the Co-Founder, President & CEO of Givful, a workplace giving and volunteering technology SaaS start-up, for the past 2.5 years before selling the company in 2021. She served as President & CEO for the YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee for eleven years from 2005-2016, and in 2010, she founded the Nashville Chapter of Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), and has remained Chapter Chair since. 

Pat Shea is a graduate of Leadership Nashville and Leadership Tennessee, a founding director of Studio Bank, Sports to Suits, and BrainTrust, and serves as a board member for the Women Business Collaborative. Her incredible leadership and community involvement has led to her recognition by the Nashville Business Journal as a Most Admired CEO,Woman of Influence,  Nashville Power 100 honoree and finalist for Tennessean of the Year. In 2017, Shea also accepted Nashville’s Annual Human Relations Award and the ATHENA Leadership Award. 

In this conversation, Pat Shea shares her insights on the following questions:

  • Tell us about your career.
  • Tell us about your orientation towards joy. 
  • Was your TEDx Talk on domestic violence connected with your work at the YW? 
  • How does your problem-solving approach and work with domestic violence fall into your personal and professional life?
  • Who has invested in or inspired you? 
  • What advice would you give to women entrepreneurs? 

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