Shannon Smock
Professor Washington University


Shannon Laine Smock, St. Louis

Hi. I’m Shannon Laine Smock.

I am the founder of Emerge Brighter, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, and a professional actress and model. I have over 15 years of nonprofit management experience, excelling in strategic planning, grant writing, and organizational leadership. I have been a member of SAG-AFTRA since 2005. I am honored to be a St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 awardee and recognized as a Missouri Athletic Club Woman of Distinction. I am also on a mission to have the greatest impact possible in Saint Louis, Missouri. Learn more.


  • Why self-care should be your top priority
    Think back through this past week’s schedule. How much time did you devote to your own self-care? I am not talking about taking a shower, getting ready for work in the morning, eating, or brushing your teeth. I am talking about setting aside dedicated time to focus on the things…
  • Do you see a tree or a mushroom cloud?
    RUMINATING WHILE RUNNING When I run on my treadmill, this is a picture that I often draw inspiration from. Some days, when looking at it from afar, it appears to be a big powerful tree and some days it appears to be a mushroom cloud from an atomic bomb detonation.…
  • Here is how you can achieve your New Year’s resolutions.
    It’s that time again. The time where we make New Year’s Resolutions only to be derailed before summer even begins or for some of us by next week. Well, since 2019, I have had the most success with New Year’s Resolutions, and I am going to share with you how…