Client List & Testimonials

Shanterra has impacted the lives of over 10,000 students at various schools, colleges, leadership camps and educational programs throughout the country with messages of hope, self-empowerment and community action.

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Her clients include:

Academy of Holy Cross, Rockville, MD
Arizona School Counselors Association, Mesa, AZ
Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN
Bullis School, Potomac, MD
Camp Arrowhead, Lewes, DE
Connelly School of the Holy Child, Potomac, MD
Corte Madera School, Portola Valley, CA
Culver Academy, Culver, IN
Dallas Women’s Foundation, Dallas, TX
DC Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation, Washington, DC
Flint Hill School, Fairfax, VA
Forest Ridge School, Bellavue, WA
Georgetown Lower Middle School, Washington, DC
Girls’ Leadership Camp, Meriden, NH
. Gunnery School, Washington, CT
The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX
Imagine Me, Ministries, Baltimore, MD
Ivy and Pearls Foundation, Palo Alto, CA
Jack and Jill of America, Northern California, Santa Clara, CA
Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, NH
Madeira School, McLean, VA
Maryland School Counselors Association, Baltimore, MD
Melvin Hebrew Academy, Rockville, MD
National Association of Episcopal Schools, National conference (Baltimore)
Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Olney, MD
Palmetto Kids Music & Arts Academy, Conway, SC
Porter Gaud School, Charleston, SC
Sacred Heart Preparatory, Atherton, CA
Saint Anne’s Episcopal School, Middletown, DE
Sidwell Friends, Washington, DC


I had the pleasure of attending Shanterra McBride’s talk to an audience of enthusiastic students at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, South Africa.  I’ve never seen kids respond like they did to Shanterra.  She was forthright and honest with them about her own experiences while encouraging them to be their best selves when interacting with each other online and in real life.  She never condescended to them and spoke humorously about times in her own life when she didn’t live up to her best ideals. At many points in her presentation, the students were so riveted you could hear the slightest rustling as they shifted in their seats.  At others, they hollered and stomped their feet in agreement. She had them mesmerized from beginning to end.  The best part came after Shanterra’s presentation when many of the students approached her for advice.  I was told later by the school principal that one such student is a troubled youth that the school’s counselor had despaired of influencing.  Shanterra spent at least twenty minutes with individual students, providing them with mentorship in a sisterly sort of way that I could see they really valued.

My team and I were very impressed with Shanterra’s upbeat attitude and positive energy and will look for future opportunities to engage her with our target audiences.  I recommend her for any organization wanting to positively influence disadvantaged audiences in an authentic way.
Janel Heird
Deputy Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg

Shanterra McBride reminded me of how amazing it was to be a girl! Her talk was not only inspirational but eye opening. Her self-empowerment radiated off of her and went to all of us girls who had the pleasure of listening to her.
Juliet Faris, EHS ’19

Shanterra McBride has a way with people. Whether children, adolescents, parents, or grandparents, her profound message leaves her diverse audiences educated and motivated to soar!  She promises her groups that she will not bore them, and in return, asks her audience to not bore her!  This hilarious beginning to her talks grasps the audience and immediately engages them in her stories, lessons, and advice.  She is humble yet confident, and kind yet strong. She is the definition of a role model. I highly recommend Shanterra as a keynote speaker and a workshop facilitator for camps, schools, families, and communities looking to reflect, learn and be inspired!
-Brooklyn Raney,  Director of the Girls’ Leadership Camp

Everything about Ms. McBride’s speaking event was enjoyable. She not only connected with our middle school and upper school students, but her message was beneficial for the faculty and staff as well.
-Terra Burke, Associate Director of Admissions & Director of Community Outreach, Porter Gaud School, Charleston, SC

Ms. McBride’s energy and information were greatly appreciated. The delivery was perfectly balanced with the blend of real-life experiences and research. Her connection with the school world was evident and appreciated.
-Guidance Counselor, Burlington, Connecticut

The feedback over the course of the whole week has been overwhelming.  Both the boys and the girls groups were excited by the program and it created good momentum…they have been talking about it on campus such that I’ve had faculty members who were not present come up and say that they’ve heard from the kids how great the program was…to me, that is a huge statement!   That being said, I knew it from being in the room that we were so lucky to have you there handling those crowds and opening their minds in a way they usually are able to be very stubborn about!  
Our Academic Dean was particularly excited about the boys program and how incredibly purposeful your discussion was.  He commented on how you let them (in his words) dig their own hole about how they never hold grudges or have arguments and how they eventually had to be more honest with themselves.
-Morgen Fisher, Associate Dean, Gunnery School, Washington, CT

I’ve had the privilege of facilitating and being facilitated by Shanterra: on either side of that relationship, we’re always learning and growing together. As for her work with students, which I’ve had some opportunity to observe, the understanding, connection, and mutual respect are abundantly evident. This is a woman with big love and wisdom to share.

-Alison Park, Blink Consulting

Thank you so much for an outstanding presentation. I loved it! It was not only most helpful to me as a School Counselor but as a mother of a 13-year-old. Thank you for expressing many of the ideas I try to communicate with my daughter and the middle school students I work with.
-School Counselor, Dayville, Connecticut