Strangers To Friends

People = Possibilities

Vulnerability = Synchrocity = Possibility

Build Confidence. Create Connections.

Join The Movement

Our Stories Connect Us All

In 2010, after a job layoff, Carlyn recognized she no longer had a business card or a way to exchange contact information. With a background in PR and a love for people, she decided to create a personal connection card with a new “title”: Turning Strangers Into Friends.

Little did she know, it was the beginning of her incredible journey. 

— Vulnerability = Synchronicity = Possibility–

What began as a personal science experiment, playing with the power of vulnerability and synchronicity launched an intentional path of -people and possibilities! Unable to keep this awareness to herself, she began to share her “you’re never going to believe this” small world stories with friends and family. Each time they’d ask, “how do you do it?”. Each time she’s think to herself, “how do you not do it?”.

Knowing life happens for us, to us, Carlyn approaches every person she meets without judgement or expectations, but instead gives people permission to show up as their true selves. This allows the “reason” why we meet someone to present itself, organically. Fueled with a love for life and passion for showing we are all connected, Carlyn created “strangers to friends experiences”, inviting men and women to explore their ability to authentically connect in a safe space to be seen and heard. The more love and joy she simulates, the more confidence and connection she invites you, to create. 

Step Away From The Screen, Step Out And Be Seen.
Lead with YOU… Not What You “DO”.

The Strangers To Friends Movement is action oriented.
Show Up.
Share Your Story.
Learn From Others.
Let go of shame.
Embrace the unknown.
Play with Possibility.
Build Confidence & Create Connection. 


Connection – Outside –  Begins With Connection – Inside- Your Story, Their Stories. 


Surviving vs Thriving.
Learning Life, Hands On. 

Trauma, trials and tribulations, everyone experiences unexpected change throughout life.

Choice: change doesn’t need to be hard and heavy. Change is exciting and inviting! 

 Stories not only connect us, they heal us. learned when she shares her stories, she invites you to share your’s too.

Discover common denominators while stumbling into a “small world” story. The more you share, the deeper the connection.  From “small world” stories to recognizing no one is alone, Strangers To Friends connects people who “get each other”. 

We understand.
We swap ideas.
We have fun.

Are  you new to town?
Newly single?
Ready to shift your social scene?

Strangers To Friends invites you to step out of your comfort zone and into the magic of meeting people.

Curious what Strangers To Friends is all about? Great. It starts with you…saying yes to you… and showing up, as you.


People = Possibilities.

We live in a world more connected, yet more disconnected… than ever.

Strangers To Friends offers facilitated face to face experiences promising you can practice meeting new people! Our Non-Networking approach is simple, fun and promises possibilities.

No filters, expectations or judgement allowed.

It’s time to take action. Say yes to connect!

You Deserve it! You Are Enough. 


About Strangers To Friends

The Strangers To Friends Movement & Community 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

In 2010, Carlyn’s went to Kinko’s and designed a ‘Connection Card’, giving herself the Job Title, “Turning Strangers Into Friends.” What began as a fun way to swap contact information, became an opportunity for Carlyn to share her stories, one stranger at a time. From living with Multiple Sclerosis to the death of best friends, to moving to a new city (4 times!), the more vulnerablity, the more synchronicity. With courage and confidence, Carlyn co creates her reality being open to new people and endless possibilities. Challenged by curiousity and armed with a positive attitued, Carlyn’s a purveyor of personal strength.  Her super powers include: inspiring people to live their best lives and be their best selves.  

STF Events

Step away from your screen, come out and be seen! Strangers To Friends stimulates synchronicity through story sharing while promising: no one leaves lonely!  Unplug your screen and plug into the people around you! The Strangers To Friends Experience is your opportunity to create new possibilities with genuine. people. Feel super human with other super humans.