Bonny Shade


  • Sexual Assault

  • Risk Reduction

  • Educational Empowerment

  • Bonny's Instagram
  • Bonny's Twitter

about Bonny

Bonny Shade believes that friendships are essential to the soul. As a published author in leadership and risk reduction, Bonny is using her voice to make a difference. She lives like Beyonce, handles business like Moana, and speaks truth like Kanye. Her favorite quote is, "there is still much to be done, let us not lose sight," and she uses that concept as a core tenant for all she does. Bonny believes that everyone has a powerful story. She is telling her own story to educate and empower others to  live their values and understand what truly matters.  As a full time speaker and educator, Bonny speaks to more than 25,000 people annually about difficult topics with a holistic world view.  She is a true believer that continued education and purposeful action can change the world. While she is not speaking or traveling, Bonny serves ForCollegeForLife as Partner and Chief Culture Officer, aligning and developing company culture and values. 

As a born and raised Floridian, Bonny graduated form Florida Gulf Coast University with a B.A. in Secondary Education for Biology. After a year teaching high school science, she knew she was ready to hit the books- again! She traveled north to Bowling Green State University where she graduated with her Mater of Arts in College Student Personnel.  With multiple trainings in  Sexual Assault Prevention, Survivor Advocacy & Support, Leadership Development, Social Event Planning, Risk Reduction, Counseling, and Human Development, she is a true life long learner. During her free time, she enjoys exploring her favorite city and home in Charlotte, NC., spending time with her dogs & friends, and eating new food. She is a doer, change agent, and self-proclaimed bad ass; leaving a trail of fun and inspiration everywhere she goes. 


Just Another Assault 

Bonny is a survivor of sexual assault.  


An assault by her close college friend.  


It took her more than seven years to realize it.


In her powerful program, Just Another Assault, Bonny takes an in-depth look at issues surrounding assault, rape culture, and healing. She describes how her personal journey has involved understanding acquaintance-based assaults, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and sharing her experience to help others find the truth in their own. 


1-in-4 college students will be survivors of sexual assault.  It is not only an issue for the victim or the campus community; this is an issue for us all.  Bonny strives to deliver a thought-provoking and interactive program which is intended to allow the space for audiences to discuss the uncomfortable and equip audience members with realistic intervention strategies.


And, for victims to know they are not just another assault.


Note: This program can be tailored to all-male audiences, as well.

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Explore 2-3 tangible examples of intervention techniques to reduce rape culture and assaults on campus
  • Evaluate their own “Sexual Conduct Bias”
  • Differentiate assault-based topics such as consent, gender norms, and social norming
Ideal Audiences
  • Sorority Groups
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Sexual Assault Training
  • Residence Life
  • Orientation
  • First Year Experience

  • Keynote

Hustle Till You Don't Have to Introduce Yourself: A Simple Guide to Bossing Up


Being a woman is hard; being a female leader is even harder. We are called bossy, uptight, and bitchy and it’s time we reclaim these words and turn them into positive attributes. The world needs more confident women who are empowered to act, motivate, and inspire. Confidence takes time and owning your inner-boss babe takes strength and gusto. 


It’s about learning how to deal with doors closing in front of you and using the experience to hustle, grind, and show the world what you are made of. 


Bonny shares her story of experiencing bullying, name-calling, and lacking confidence.  She consistently returns to a powerful worldview: the world is ours for the taking.  Let’s let our confidence shine! 

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Articulate a strong sense of self-awareness and confidence
  • Explore the three key elements of being a “confident boss babe”
  • Investigate essential components to networking, authenticity, and work ethic
Ideal Audiences
  • Sorority Life

  • Women's Empowerment

  • Orientation

  • First Year Experience

  • Keynote
  • Workshop

From Here On Out: Building Community One Step At a Time


Building a cohesive community is easier said than done. Everyone has different goals, agendas, fears, and desires; yet building community is an expectation of our experiences in an institution, organization, or group of which we are a member. This desire even extends to our professional settings. It's a daunting task. But, what if building this community could all start with something as simple as eating wings? 


In this interactive and conversation-based keynote, Bonny explores four simple steps to building a community based on trust, understanding, and friendship. Participants will discuss barriers to building community and start building plans to create a space where all members feel valued and welcomed. A sense of genuine belonging is a human necessity. If we expect greatness from our members or colleagues, then we need to create an environment that enables success. Participants will learn how to make "Community" a standard that everyone wants to meet. 

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Learn 2-3 tangible ways to reach out and collaborate with/across councils and organizations
  • Explore guiding philosophies and principles behind creating community
  • Establish these guiding philosophies in their personal and professional life
  • Create an action/aspiration plan to create community based around their passions (competition, philanthropy, values) to develop and better the overall group experience
Ideal Audiences
  • Greek Communities

  • Student Organizations

  • Large Group Settings

  • Professional Organizations

  • Corporate Companies

  • Keynote
  • Workshop
  • FCFL Twitter
  • FCFL Instagram
  • FCFL Facebook
  • FCFL LinkedIn
  • FCFL YouTube