Leading Ladies 2023


From earning degrees in theater and navigating life as a young artist to becoming a massage therapist and founding award-winning Harmony on Hope Massage 10 years ago, one thread of Shannon Sexton Potter’s career has been connecting with people and hearing their stories. It’s what motivated her to launch her latest endeavor, UPRISEHER, a Providence coworking and togethering space for women.

“My personal mission is to create spaces for people to thrive,” Shannon explains. “I realized that so many women come from work experiences that are not only challenging logistically, but traumatic. I knew I could offer something better, something that was designed to help women (and their allies) embrace, honor, and synergize their complicated, beautifully full lives.”

Shannon completed the SEG Business Accelerator Program in 2019 and opened UpRiseHer a year ago while on maternity leave. For Shannon, who grew up with many siblings in a military family that moved every two years, this is the culmination of her life spent collaborating, adapting to unpredictability, and thinking creatively. She looks forward to new events and membership opportunities this year. “I believe women need to take up more space – and we have created a warm, collaborative, inspiring community to do just that.”

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