Strangers To Friends

People = Possibilities

Build Confidence. Create Connections.

Join The Movement

Our Stories Connect Us All.

dn We Live In a World More Connected, Yet More Disconnected… 
Choose To Connect! 

In 2010, Carlyn Shaw found herself navigating through tough changes in life: a Corporate layoff, months after moving into her own apartment, while managing her Multiple Sclerosis, following the end a relationship. 

She also found herself without a business card or title. Networking for a new job, she needed a way to exchange contact information.
But… who was she leading with? What would she label herself?
“Was it a former job title, her various volunteer roles, her hobbies?

That’s when she came up with an idea:
combine her passion for people, connection and stories and and create a “Carlyn Card”
promptly giving herself the title: “Turning Strangers Into Friends”

It wasn’t long before Carlyn learned: The more stories she shared, the more permission she gave others to share their stories with her, too.

THIS space of REAL CONNECTION was only the beginning of the journey she’s share with a variety of Men & Women called across her path.
Each person’s story presented a mirror: in health, in relationship, in career, in contribution. 

Nothing felt accident.

Carlyn’s intuition not only initiated introductions and conversation, she also invited the connection to find her.

No Judgement. No Expectations. 

Now, Carlyn invites you to join her for your own Strangers To Friends Journey.  

Join Carlyn & Create Connections!

Step Away From The Screen To Be Heard & Seen!
Strangers To Friends is founded on common denominators, story sharing and face to face experiences.

Men and Women authentically connect in a fun, safe space!
We make support “cool and fun” in the moment you meet someone and can say,  “Wow, you too?”

Click on the videos below to hear first hand testimonials!  


Watch This 5 Minute Video To Learn More About Carlyn & the "Why" Behind Strangers To Friends


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 from technology 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.