We’re in business to make work more human.
The future of work is now. It’s a place where people are empowered to bring their whole self to the table and share their voice because it makes us all better; a place where diversity is welcomed and inclusion and belonging are non-negotiable; a place where business is a force for good, and innovation is the rule rather than the exception.
Evolve Group, Inc. is people-centered and anti-racist.
Empathy, humility, curiosity, and courage inform everything we say and do.
We are positive disruptors committed to making work more human.
Evolve Group, Inc. is
people-centered and anti-racist.
Empathy, humility, curiosity, and courage
inform everything we say and do.
We are positive disruptors committed to
making work more human.
FOUNDER + PRINCIPAL Shannon Scharnberg, MA Ed, SPHR
Shannon is the Founder + Principal at Evolve Group, Inc. overseeing all consulting, coaching, and training services. Shannon is a People Champion, former HR Executive, DEI Practitioner, OD (Organizational Development) and Learning Expert, Culture Architect, and a Positive Disruptor with 15+ years of experience across non-profit, health care, education, outdoor, B corporations, and a variety of other industries and global organizations.
The Good Stuff
I grew up in a family full of love and music, but one lacking financial resources. My parents were blue-collar, minimum wage-earning folks who often held down multiple jobs just to keep food on the table. We benefitted from social services like food stamps and Medi-Cal and the generosity of churches and other social support groups that donated food, athletic clothing, and school supplies for myself and my brothers. We didn’t have many toys, but we had musical instruments and learned to play from our father who is a talented musician.
My brothers and I eventually started our own record label and band. We wrote and produced music and toured a little. We’re famous amongst our friends and family! Our Middle Eastern mother taught us about humility, generosity, respect, and kindness and instilled a belief in each of us that we could accomplish and become anything we dreamed of despite our humble beginnings, and I believed her.
I loved learning and was the first to attend university and graduate school, to start a doctoral program, and the first woman to become a business leader and executive in my family. My grandmothers would be proud.
My family is extremely diverse. We are Middle Eastern, White, AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander), Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, bi-racial, neurodiverse and on the autism spectrum, introverts/ ambiverts/ extroverts, active military and veterans, adopted, socioeconomically disadvantaged and millionaires, blue-collar union card holders and CEOs, entrepreneurs, single parents, dog parents, aging parents, caregivers, LGBTQ+, religious and spiritual, democrats and republicans, educated in both academic institutions and the school of life. What a blessing it has been to be raised amongst these amazing humans!
We need the diversity of each other’s gifts to overcome challenges and I am committed to changing the world in a significant way so that all the people I love feel seen, heard, included, safe and comfortable bringing their whole, brilliant selves to the table. It’s for you that I do what I do, and for you that I will continue learning, growing, teaching, and unapologetically questioning “the way we’ve always done things” because I want to leave you something better.
What Gets Me Up
in the Morning?
What Gets Me Up in the Morning?
My Tribe: Family, friends, and colleagues who inspire me daily. I stand on the shoulders of many giants who have come before me. I’ve had the opportunity to EVOLVE and rise above because of the love, support, and advocacy of many champions along my path. My life’s work is to do the same for others.
Music and Art: Creativity is a gift and a language that helps me communicate when words alone fail.
The Ocean: I've always been drawn to the magic of the ocean. It’s the inspiration behind the company logo. Each wave evolves and is different from the next, yet inextricably connected to the whole. So, too, are humans each unique and connected to all of humanity. We are more alike than different, yet we need the diversity of each other’s gifts to rise. Sometimes we forget that.
Justice and Equity: I’ve been scrappy from the beginning- advocating for myself, others and a seat at the table. I’ve felt the hurtful “othering” that members of marginalized groups (ie: women, immigrants, socioeconomically disadvantaged families, and the LGBTQ+ community) often experience. I'm also a woman in a white-skinned body and acknowledge the privilege I have as a result. Our AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander), BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), and Hispanic/Latinx sisters and brothers have lived through unimaginable horrors, as have many other marginalized minorities. The generational trauma is real and the assaults continue to this day. I'm committed to listening and advancing thinking, feeling, learning, practice and healing (including my own) around all dimensions of diversity (ie: race, color, ethnicity and national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, physical and mental ability, education, religious beliefs, political beliefs, language, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, immigration status, veteran status and many more), and specifically focused on playing an active role in eradicating racism and racialized trauma. Breaking free can feel like a never-ending and exhausting experience- especially for those who are oppressed. If we all take bold action, we will dismantle these harmful, pervasive and sometimes invisible systems and build new ones that serve us better. Together, we can advance justice, equity and healing for all. The time is now.
Shannon works at the intersections of People (HR) Next Practices, DEI advocacy and the future-of-work design. She’s streamlined efficiencies, increased productivity, hired and retained diverse, top talent ultimately turning failing businesses into success stories. Shannon has functioned as the Head of People and led DEI efforts in-house and as an external consultant. She has partnered with community-based organizations and leaders to launch initiatives to support vulnerable and marginalized communities.
There are clear connections between organizational culture, employee engagement, and the bottom-line, and Shannon has spent the bulk of her career focusing on these connections by leading enterprise-level change initiatives, championing DEI programs, developing talent, launching employee resource groups and listening campaigns, and building the internal capacity and infrastructure (people + policies + processes) to create inclusive work environments where every team member feels empowered and safe to bring their whole self to work.
Shannon holds a master’s degree in Behavioral Sciences & Gender Equity and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She is in the process of completing a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership & Management with an Emphasis in HRD (Human Resource Development), as well as a “Chief Diversity Executive" certification (expected 2021).
Organizations will realize their full potential only when they elevate and magnify the talents of a diverse workforce. Through empathy, humility, authenticity, servant leadership, collaboration, growth mindset, high EQ, and a heart for people, Shannon supports businesses and people in reaching their full potential and achieving transformational results.