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Shannon Ward has been helping people build stronger relationships at work and at home for more than 25 years. She earned a Master’s Degree in Communication with a focus on Organizational and Family Communication Research in 2002 from Western Illinois University. She was certified as a parenting course instructor for ten years; has five years of experience as a Corporate Training Manager and over 15 years of expertise as a Leadership trainer and Executive Coach; and received more than 100 hours certification training in personality types, temperament theory, and its application in different settings including stress related situations.
Utilizing her education, diverse training, and vast experience, Shannon worked for five years to research, create, design, test, and teach a set of research-based family communication courses called ColorWorks For Parents and ColorWorks For Couples that teaches parents and couples how to understand personality types to improve family relationships. In 2005, she established ColorWorks Group, a family-focused, service-oriented business that has built upon her original research to become an inclusive and extensive series of specialized classes, home-based learning kits, books, DVDs, and other products, all aimed towards helping ColorWorks Group clients build stronger, healthier relationships based on communication and mutual understanding.
Shannon is an Extroverted Blue Orange and has been happily married to her husband Steve, an Introverted Green Orange, for over 35 years. She has two children whom she loves dearly. Her son Zach is a Green Orange and married to Lesly, a Blue Orange. Her daughter Caitlyn is an Orange Green and is married to Kendall, a Blue Orange. Shannon is also the proud grandmother of four grandchildren and is often called “Yoda-Mom” by her kids.
Rebecca Bockart has been working with families for close to 25 years as an Early Childhood Educator. She attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana for her BSN in Nursing while simultaneously gaining her Montessori teaching certification. Rebecca has played several roles within the education field--such as lead teacher, preschool director, and private school owner--and has acquired over 100 hours of supplementary training focused on teaching children with learning disabilities and improving the efficiency of classroom management practices. Rebecca has been a ColorWorks Group certified Family Life Coach and the business’s lead corporate trainer for the past 10 years. During this time she has been conducting ColorWorks personality based workshops for educators, military groups, and family organizations while homeschooling two children and teaching preschool.
In collaboration with Shannon, Rebecca has created a “ColorWorks for Teachers” course, a “ColorWorks for Homeschool Parents Guide,” and a “ColorWorks Homework Guide.” Shannon and Rebecca are currently working on revising the “ColorWorks for Parents” video and web-based course. Additionally, Rebecca conducts ColorWorks Pro leadership training courses for a fortune 5oo company, along with a variety of privately-owned businesses throughout the Midwest. She has helped build stronger families across the United States as a large group presenter who speaks with passion and humor, drawing from a wealth of personal experiences and insight from 25 years of observing the controlled chaos of Early Childhood Education.
Rebecca is an Orange Green mother of two exceptional teenage daughters: Maggie, a determined Gold Green college student and Callie, an individualistic Green Orange high schooler. She has been happily married for 20 years to Clay, a Green Gold. Rebecca’s naturally engaging personality combined with a quarter century of classroom experiences often results in people saying she possesses “Kid Magic.”
Caitlyn Gardner is the newest member of the ColorWorks Group team. After earning her bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2014, she worked for the College of Business Administration at UNL as the Outreach Support Associate for two years where she designed webpages and promotional materials and developed department magazines. She joined ColorWorks in the Spring of 2016.
As the daughter of Shannon Ward, Caitlyn has been exposed to the ColorWorks program for over 20 years. She is excited to be a part of the ColorWorks group and focuses on marketing for the company, including managing the website, social media, and promotional campaigns. Caitlyn is currently in the process of becoming a certified ColorWorks instructor and is very excited to start helping build stronger families.
Caitlyn, an Orange Green, has been happily married for seven years to her wonderful husband Kendall Gardner, a Blue Orange, and they have two lovely children. Their son Kyran is a toddler and just starting to show his colors (Possibly a Blue Gold). They recently celebrated the birth of their baby girl Emersyn and Caitlyn is looking forward to applying her personality-based parenting skills as she enters the toddler years with her children.