Shasta Nelson keynote speaker

Leading Expert on Friendship and Healthy Relationships, Author
  • Belongingness: Accelerating High-Trust, Resilient, and Rewarding Relationships
  • Frientimacy: The 3 Requirements for All Healthy Relationships
  • It Can’t Be Lonely at the Top: Why the Successful Leader Is the Connected Leader
  • Relationally Fit: The Social Secret to a Longer, Happier Life
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A pioneer in belongingness, Shasta Nelson is an in-demand keynote speaker, popular media resource, and author of three books in which she teaches how to build healthy relationships, including "The Business of Friendship: Making the Most of the Relationships Where We Spend Most of Our Time.”

For over 15 years, Shasta has been translating the science of human connection into actionable practices that lead to greater belonging in our communities and workplaces. Her expertise has activated organizations such
as Google and LinkedIn to intentionally create and accelerate the high-trust and resilient relationships that lead to higher employee retention, engagement, and collaboration.

Shasta is a contributor to the Harvard Business Review; has been featured in hundreds of publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and TIME magazine; and has appeared as a guest on the Harvard Business Review Podcast, The Today Show, and The Steve Harvey Show.

Shasta is a two-time featured TEDx speaker, with her first TED talk receiving over 800,000 views, and she has delivered 500+ keynotes for over 20 different industries, including tech, healthcare, non-profits, education, and more.



“Shasta is a powerhouse speaker & educator! While we were still coming out of the pandemic and learning new ways to lean on each other, Shasta hosted an incredible virtual session on the Business of Belonging & Relationships for my marketing team at Google. She left the team with incredible insights & thinking tools for a mindset change that are just so valuable. Our event with Shasta felt like a warm but productive hug with a focus on being intentional about the experiences people are creating for each other.”

– Supriya Gujral, Senior Director, Global Partner Marketing at Google

“Shasta was outstanding. Of all our Leadership and Development speakers, she was one of the best we’ve had. With the stress and risk of burnout many leaders face in today’s world, her presentation provided us with knowledge and tools in a way that was engaging, informative, transformational and unforgettable.”
– Rick Rawson, President, Adventist Health + Rideout Hospital

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