erin passons

Erin Passons is the president and founder of Passons Consulting.  She has spent her career helping business leaders, managers, and employees improve their performance and effectiveness, and is an expert in coaching and facilitating workshops using StrengthsFinder.  

Prior to launching her own consulting practice, Erin worked as a Management Consultant for Gallup, the research and consulting firm known for creating the StrengthsFinder assessment and for their work with global public opinion and workplace polling.  During her tenure at Gallup, Erin worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Best Buy, Hewlett Packard, Toyota, and Disney to provide training and coaching in the areas of management effectiveness, leadership development, Strengths-based performance management, employee engagement, and talent-based hiring.  Erin has certified over 300 coaches in the Strengths-based approach. 

In 2011, Erin launched her own practice, working with a variety of organizations to provide coaching and workshop facilitation in the areas of Strengths-based performance, leadership development, employee engagement and team building. 

Her goal is to help people do what they do best, at work and in life.

Erin is also the founder of StrengthsNetwork San Diego, an association for StrengthsFinder professionals and followers in the Southern California region.  Erin earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California-Santa Barbara and received her MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. 

Erin's Top 5 StrengthsFinder Themes are Strategic, Positivity, Woo, Relator, and Communication.

Contact Erin to learn more.

Key partners

Steven Beck

Steven Beck is the president and founder of Steven Beck Consulting, and is a trusted partner to Passons Consulting.  You'll often find him facilitating professional development workshops alongside Erin, and these two professionals have worked together for over 13 years.  Over the course of his career, Steven has led more than 500 leadership development programs, first as a Senior Consultant for Gallup, and now in his thriving private consulting practice.  His consulting and training experience spans the globe as well as multiple industries, including health science, technology, finance, and government.  During his tenure at Gallup, he was a certified instructor of Gallup’s Strengths-Based Coaching courses, helping hundreds of people unlock their potential and learn to coach others about their Strengths.  He has a passion for people and possibility thinking, consistently challenging others to be the best version of themselves.  

Steven holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola Marymount and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix. He lives in Lake Forest, California, with his wife and two sons. 

Steven's Top 5 StrengthsFinder Themes are Communication, Woo, Maximizer, Strategic, and Activator.

Shannon Jordan

Shannon Jordan is the founder of the Career Ingenuity Group, and specializes in mindfulness and emotional intelligence work. Erin and Shannon worked together on the Qualcomm project and continue to have a trusted partnership. Shannon was on the founding team for Qualcomm's talent development initiative providing workshops, coaching and assessment to leaders and teams across the globe.  She teaches on the adjunct faculties of USD School of Leadership and UCSD Rady School of Management Executive Education.  

Passionate about helping professionals optimize their own performance, leadership and well-being amidst the distractedness and stress reactivity that characterizes the modern workplace, Shannon has delivered mindfulness programs for Fortune 100 companies in technology, media, finance, bioscience, higher education and healthcare. Her programs build upon strengths-based development, using mindfulness to build self-awareness, notice moments of engagement/flow, and intentionally attend to and nurture what is already working well.  Shannon completed teacher training through UCSD Center for Mindfulness and is 1 of only 100 Search Inside Yourself certified teachers (Google’s mindfulness program) around the globe. She holds a B.A. in Business from UC Riverside and an M.A. in Counseling from Chapman University. She is a Board Certified Coach and a National Certified Counselor and a contributing author to the book Building Workforce Strength.  Shannon has traveled the world extensively and lived in Singapore, but calls Solana Beach home.

Shannon's Top 5 StrengthsFinder Themes are Connectedness, Adaptability, Learner, Maximizer and Intellection.

KElly Etter

Kelly Etter plays the role of Business Manager for Passons Consulting, managing all operational and administrative functions for the company.  She is an expert in employing organizational systems and processes to maximize efficiency; coupled with her natural service orientation, she finds her job to be the perfect fit!  Kelly also leads her own business management services firm, specializing in operations and admin support for small business owners, primarily training, coaching, and consulting professionals. 

Prior to her work in client services, Kelly spent her career in elementary education as a primary school teacher. She finds she utilizes a very similar skill set to keep the many moving parts of a business running smoothly just as she did in the classroom. She thrives in her role and enjoys the opportunity to help small business owners do more of what they love.  Kelly has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She lives in San Diego with her husband and two young boys. 


Kelly’s Top 5 StrengthsFinder Themes are Responsibility, Relator, Harmony, Learner, and Empathy.