“…it is possible to marry passionate endeavor
to a gentle disposition…”
– Marcus Aurelius
passion | creativity | balance | growth | quality
Named as one of the ‘Top 50 Leaders in Learning & Development, 2019, Americas’, shawn storer is making a profound difference in the L&D world!
With a diverse background and expertise in culture, influence, learning & development, talent, human resources, strategy, global operations, keynote, sales, customer service, employee development, mentoring, client services, training, quality assurance, recruiting, telecommunications, e-commerce, contact center, strategic planning, orchestra, opera, musical theatre, ceramics, pottery, and art, shawn storer is a modern-day renaissance man.
shawn has developed leadership academies yielding emerging leaders, sales techniques yielding profitability lift, quality assurance programs yielding heightened customer satisfaction, certification programs yielding increased graduation rates, and recruiting and interview systems yielding better culture fit in hiring, all while maintaining a busy schedule as a guest speaker and artist. Whatever your pain point, Shawn can quickly assess the concerns, determine a path to solution, develop and deliver the materials and programs needed, and drive the solution to completion.
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shawn storer is passionate about people. Whether in business or the arts, he is at his best when he dynamically inspires people to do more, to try harder, to be better. He deeply believes in everyone’s potential and has been genuinely lucky in life to have opportunities to help people improve.
From an early age as a pianist and trombonist, shawn was naturally drawn to music and inspired others from within the group, leading by example in preparation and performance. A Texas All-State trombonist, shawn attended Southern Methodist University’s Algur H. Meadows School of the Arts and played in every possible group he could, from band to orchestra, and jazz to chamber music. At SMU, he looked for collaborative opportunities with other departments including art, dance, and theatre among others. His need to work with a diverse group of people led to his lifelong pursuit of collaboration.
While attending the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, shawn continued to develop his passion for people and collaboration. In addition to his studies, he conducted multiple groups whose entrepreneurial spirits matches his own, developing skills in recruiting, organizing, rehearsing, fund raising, and even stage managing. In one such circumstance, shawn secured funding from generous private donors to combine musicians and local artists to create Nectar and Ambrosia: An evening of music and art under the name Tantalus Chamber Orchestra, who in Greek mythology, had stolen nectar and ambrosia from the gods and given it to the people. Making music and art accessible have always been important to shawn.
After Peabody, shawn was selected as an inaugural member of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School. For two summers, shawn attended Aspen – as a conducting student then as a trombone fellow for the conductor’s academy. There, he studied with the world’s most influential conductors including David Zinman, Jorma Panula, James Conlon and others.
Working for the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra after earning his masters degree in conducting, shawn continued to develop his passion for people while fulfilling numerous roles for the not-for-profit professional organization, including Associate Conductor, Orchestra Librarian, Assistant Personnel Manager, interim Executive Director, Artistic Policy Committee Member, and Ex-Officio Member of the Music Director Search Committee while also teaching continuing education courses on music through the Johns Hopkins University. His collaborative spirit also led to performance partnerships with Towson University’s Sounds of Summer and a venturesome project with the Baltimore Film Festival, accompanying silent films with live chamber orchestra in world premiere performances. These projects and exposure led him to be selected and published as one of Baltimore’s Hottest Singles in Baltimore Magazine.
Yogi Berra said, “when you come to a fork in the road, take it!”. shawn has been blessed with an abundance of forks. His first major fork came when the BCO lost funding for his position. Conductors don’t just go to LinkedIn and find a new job, so it was an opportunity to reinvent himself while still pursuing his passion for people. Having worked in both artistic and administrative roles, shawn went to a temporary agency who placed him with one company. It was a pairing that would dictate the next major chapter in his life.
For ten years, shawn worked for InPhonic/Simplexity which was the e-commerce engine, fulfillment center, and contact center behind more household brands than you realize. While developing his passion for people, he also began to find his inspirational voice. shawn led improvements in reporting, training, quality assurance, and customer service. So much so, that by the end of his tenure, he was responsible for all of these departments and more, in a system of fourteen contact centers in the US, India, Canada, and the Philippines. These centers spanned sales, customer service, retention, credit, activities, and fraud, 18×7 via voice, chat, and email.
Leading innovation while igniting passion in people was his focus in the contact center world. shawn developed a sales technique which dramatically drove both sales and upselling closing percentages. He also negotiated, procured, designed, and launched a new Learning Management System and drove the daily use of over 1,200 users from 30% completion to over 90% completion rates. At the same time he was driving improvements in contact centers, shawn continued his studies at The Catholic University of America’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, earning his doctor of musical arts degree.
At the same time, shawn began exploring his love of visual arts mediums. Entering into a world of pottery, ceramics, painting, and sketching, shawn began to explore other artistic mediums besides purely musical. In doing so, he began his own small business, mystro’s gallery, through which he still produces original art today – having sold over 30 pieces of original art in multiple mediums. He has been featured in multiple publications for his artistic endeavors.
Moving back to Texas, shawn focused his passion for people in the contact center arena, starting a new center for an established company, then moving on to a larger operations focus at Speed Commerce. During his time there, shawn not only led renovation efforts for the facilities, he also negotiated, procured, and implemented new Workforce Management Systems to better schedule and track employee utilization, while on-boarding new clients, and leading a change to 24x7x365 operations and sales support in the US and Mexico. Bringing innovative ideas to the company, he created both career path and succession planning for the employees in the centers.
At the same time, shawn began fulfilling his passion for public speaking. As a keynote, guest lecturer, panelist, and chair/conference host, shawn has presented in over ten conferences in a short amount of time. He is highly sought after and enjoys bringing new and challenging concepts to audiences of all levels. His dynamic and inspiring talks focus primarily on culture, core values, learning trends, and talent solutions.
After years of suggestions from colleagues, encouraging shawn to venture out on his own and become a multi-faceted consultant, shawn developed Shawn Storer Strategic Solutions. Whatever your pain point, shawn will help you with custom solutions to drive your business in the right direction.
Always straddling the line, shawn maintains a busy studio output of pottery, sculpture, paintings, and sketches and is a member of the Texas Visual Artists Association downtown gallery advisory board where he curates exhibitions and displays his own works of art.