Spirit of a Woman Leadership Development Institute

Spirit of A Woman (S.O.W.) Leadership Development Institute designs culturally-relevant programs and services that inspire individuals, couples groups, communities and institutions to live and lead from an empowered, accountable and purpose-driven place.

Learn More About Shawnee Renee Benton, SOW Leadership Development's co-founder and CEO 

Shawnee Benton Gibson, LMSW / FDLC, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Spirit of A Woman (S.O.W.) Leadership Development Institute, an organization established in 2002 and designed to educate, elevate and effect positive and sustainable transformation in the lives of individuals, groups, families and communities. Under Shawnee's leadership and vision, S.O.W. offers innovative coaching, counseling, workshop and training experiences to individuals, groups and organizations seeking to expand their power, purpose and impact in the world. Ms. Benton Gibson is a graduate of New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and is a licensed practitioner with over 28 years of professional experience in the areas of substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery, adolescent development, individual, family and group counseling, women’s health, birth equity, social justice, grief, loss, bereavement and trauma. Shawnee is a master teacher, trainer, healer, vision coach, performance artist, inspirational speaker, officiant, mother and friend. Her principal teaching and healing tools consist of spiritual counseling, coaching, writing, sacred rituals, psychodrama, sociometry, energy work, the performing arts and storytelling as mediums to ignite transformation and initiate catharsis.


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"Shawnee is fully alive. She embodies an unwavering dedication to the transformation of life around her."

Ash M. Straw
Master Yoga Teacher

"Shawnee’s ability to easily draw out ones deepest pain points within a matter of minutes is extra-ordinary."

Akua Soadwa
Master Coach

"Shawnee created a safe environment for me to express myself and experience revelations through sharing my stories."

Sha-Keida Walters
Administrative Professional

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