Hi, I’m Carlyn Shaw,
Coach, Connector, Catalyst 
& Founder of Strangers To Friends

Connection Begins With You

       How Strangers To Friends Began

In the Market Crash of 2009, I was let go from my job as a Nurse Recruiter and forced to start over.

Now jobless, I was also without a Business Card to use as a way to exchange contact information.

AND, this was prior to the invention of an “app” and I had a flip phone! !

I was also without a Business Card to exchange contact information.

This is where how the idea of a”Connection Card” was born.

To design my card idea, I had to fill out a form. Email = check! Phone Number = Check! Job Title. Um… Title?

Questioning what to call myself, I heard an inner whisper, “You Turn Strangers Into Friends”.

As if my soul tapped me on the shoulder, it was impossible to ignore the message (or the excitement) from the confirmation. I was the volunteer, the networker, the team player, the girl who smiled at everyone on the street and I’d never met a stranger.

It felt…aligned. It felt…empowering. It felt… like me.

And just like that, I gave myself a new title.. and a new purpose: I turn strangers into friends.

I also felt a nudge to add the website link to donate to my 50 Mile Walk for Multiple Sclerosis to the front of the card. Seeing my goal was $2500 maybe someone I met would feel inspired to support my mission. 

Little did I know one sentence — and one web link — would change my life.
The more I showed up without an intention on why I we were meeting and handed my card with confidence and curiosity
the more small word stories and synchronicity I experienced.
Meeting strangers, authentically, without judgement and completely open to possibility, invited the people I met to feel safe to show up authentically with me, too! When learning my only objective was real connection, I took the pressure off of them to be anything other than, themselves. The more people I met, the more cards I exchanged. Not only did my self confidence grow, so did my circle of influence, opportunities and experiences. People I “needed” in 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!”
Now it’s time for YOU to play and trust the right people will come your way.
When you show up authentically you, you invite others to do so, too.

Join The Movement & Create YOUR Strangers To Friends Experiences

A lot of us watched Friends all those years and thought, “Man, I wish I had people like that to hang out with”?
Well, Carlyn’s “Strangers to Friends” makes that experience accessible, to any and everyone. Simply put, Carlyn has a gift for making people feel like they’re known and accepted – even celebrated – in an instant. And not just with her, but with each other; which is a rare and beautiful thing. Attending a STF gathering is like coming to a get-together in her cozy living room, or that favorite coffee shop; and feeling right at home.
I found Carlyn inspiring and enlivening from the first few moments of meeting her, and I’m certain my experience was far from rare. She is refreshingly open, genuine, and raw in a way that makes you more at ease instead of uneasy. I’ve deeply enjoyed the evenings I’ve spent with her and the Friends I’ve had the pleasure to meet; and I hope you have that opportunity to as well in the future.
Magenta, Denver, CO


Carlyn is absolutely amazing! She is a wonderful source of knowledge on so many topics. She has been a helping hand in making connections with people. The conversations we have had, I left feeling more clarity and knew what direction to go next!

Emily, Boulder, CO


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.