Strangers To Friends

Our Stories Connect Us All.



   Build Self Confidence, Create Connection.
                 People = Possibilities! 




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In A World More Connected Yet Disconnect, Our Stories Connect Us All


Do you want to:
Connect with like-minded people
Engage in inspiring conversation
Experience “small world” stories
Feel safe to be seen and heard

Hi, I’m Carlyn Shaw, Your Authentic Connection Catalyst. 


In 2009, my life changed. After being let go from my job and no longer having a business card to hand out with my contact information, I decided to create my own card and hand out my personal contact information. In addition to my email address and phone number, I was asked to provide my Job Title. As I stared at the form, questioning what to call myself, I heard the whisper of words “You Turn Strangers Into Friends”. Not knowing where the voice came, I stood in silence, repeating the words to myself, ” I turn strangers into friends’.  Just like that, I gave myself a new purpose and a new label. Little did I know a simple sentence and a simple card would be a catalyst that would change my life forever.

Showing up in life, authentically, without judgement and completely open to possibility, invited people to feel safe to show up authentically with me, too. The opportunity to create real, authentic connection, created unlimited possibilities. As my self confidence grew, so did my circle of influence, opportunities and synchronicity. People I “needed” in my life began to appear! And best part, I seemed to show up on time for the people who needed to know me for my stories, too. These connections were not accident. And each person I met, always had a purpose. It was if the Universe looked down and said, “She’s ready to play, let’s send the right people her way!”.

Our Stories Connect Us All. We Are All, On Time.   

Create Authentic Connection

Authentic Courage + Vulnerable Confidence = Supportive Synchronicity
Click on the videos to hear first hand testimonials from past attendees at
Strangers To Friends Events. 



About Strangers To Friends

The Strangers To Friends inspires real action and real connection.  Embrace uncertainty and the possibilities of people. The person you least expect is often the next person you are meant to meet.

About Carlyn Shaw

What began as a fun way to exchange contact information in the form of a “connection card”, became Carlyn’s invitation to share her stories, one stranger at a time. Having overcome extreme obstacles in life, Carlyn understand what it means to be in transition. Armed with curiousity and self-confidence, Carlyn navigates life being open to new people and endless possibilities. Carlyn’s journey and wisdom inspires you to create connection and live your most authentic life!

STF Events

Step away from your screen, come out and be seen! Unplug from technology and plug into the people around you! Strangers To Friends is your opportunity to create new possibilities through meant to meet people. Feel super human with other super humans.