We had heard wonderful things about Shasta, but statements of praise now seem inadequate to describe how her words and approach to friendships – and life – touched the members who heard her speak. All were riveted, and there was much laughter and a few tears peppered throughout. We are already discussing bringing her back in the Fall to speak to the full membership, which includes our teenage daughters. They could definitely benefit from her joyful and purposeful perspective.
- Cheryl Thoe, President, National Charity League Pleasanton Chapter
In a setting where it was very difficult to get our raucous group quiet, Shasta captivated the room and was able to shift her program to fit perfectly with the audience. She was fun, organized, inspiring and energetic. My organization does events every week and Shasta's was hands down one of the very best.
- Christine Bronstein, Founder, A Band of Wives
I invited Shasta to come for a Women’s conference at our church to share Friendships Don’t Just Happen. The women absolutely loved it, so much that they wanted to start several book clubs and use the book’s study guide. Shasta made friendships look so much easier. We were following her diagrams and hanging on to every word. The energy in the room was electrifying. It set our women free to see everyone as a potential friend with no strings attached. We began to understand ourselves better and how that affected our relationships. It was just what we needed.
- Melody Buchholz, Women’s Ministries, Family Community Church, San Jose, CA
Shasta is a dynamo in stilettos. Speaking without notes or PowerPoint, Shasta Nelson kept the rapt attention of a roomful of seasoned professional coaches who are used to quality programming. She closed her hour-long keynote with an expertly improvised "speed-friending" exercise that left eighty coaches still hanging around after twenty minutes, chatting enthusiastically with "new" friends. The hub-bub was electric. Her ability to connect people with each other in a meaningful way is unparalleled. She brings insight, clarity and a deft touch to the topic of relationships in general but especially to women's friendships. She rocks a keynote and I would not hesitate to invite her again.
- Eydie Maclaen Watts MSW ACC, Board Director for Programs, ICF Puget Sound Coaches Association
Shasta was one of our most popular and loved speakers at the 25th Annual Central California Women's Conference. Her audience raved about her, saying things like:
- Excellent! Excellent!
- Shasta killed it! Great, unique topic, very needed!
- She was a breath of fresh air, Wonderful, uplifting, fantastic speaker, we need her back!
We couldn't have been more pleased with both Shasta and her session.
- Betsy Hays, Speaker Coordinator, Central California Women's Conference
Shasta Nelson is the girlfriend everyone wants to have. Her stage presence is as natural and authentic as her message. I have had her speak at two of my events and get nothing but rave reviews from my attendees.
You can see yourself in her stories and want to jump up and clap several times during her talk. She mixes in personal stories with real life statistics that make you want to dial up your girlfriends pronto.
She is smack on when it comes to girlfriend insights. Her passion is so passionate you are at the edge of your seat and want more. It's about time we have a strong advocate for the importance of girlfriends. Shasta is our perfect cheerleader.
- Melody Biringer, Founder of, CRAVE and Urban Campfire
Shasta Nelson's ability to communicate on something so significant in the life of every woman makes her one of the most relevant communicators I know.
- Libya Tullos, Weekend Programming Pastor, Hope Fellowship Church
If you're looking to create a meaningful and memorable experience for your audience, you have found the woman for the job! She instantly connects with the audience in a deep and meaningful way that incites action.
She's professional, yet warm. Humorous, yet full of wisdom. She will keep you on the edge of your seat, hanging on her every word. Our attendees stood in line until she completely sold out of books. They simply couldn't get enough!
Shasta's talk was the highlight of our entire event. It was more than a "talk" really. It was a profound experience that enriched the lives of our attendees. They still talk it about to this day. You can't afford to miss Shasta!
- Crystal Gornto, Founder, HeartStories Summit, Founder
“I knew I’d adore Friendships Don’t Just Happen! as soon as I saw the title. It’s tough to make friends as an adult, and women are often made to think we’ve done something wrong if new pals don’t come easily. Shasta Nelson does a great job of breaking down how to identify the friendships you need, how to go about forging new relationships, and how to turn those relationships into true friendships. I’d recommend this book to anyone who is looking to make new friends or strengthen their existing friendships. In fact, there is no one who won’t benefit from reading Friendships Don’t Just Happen!”
- Rachel Bertsche, author of MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend
“Loving friendships are essential to feeling fulfilled and well nourished. And this is one AWESOME book that walks us through really well laid-out steps of creating and nurturing supportive and lifelong friendships that too few of us have been taught or shown.”
- Christine Hassler, author of 20 Something, 20 Everything and 20 Something Manifesto, speaker and coach
“As CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com, Shasta Nelson has made bringing women together her life’s work. Now, Shasta has written an inspiring book that empowers women to reach out and connect as individuals.Friendships Don’t Just Happen! is a call to action, offering women practical tips and tools to find and nurture meaningful friendships. The perfect workbook for someone who wants to work on their friendships!”
- Irene S. Levine, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine, author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend
“How could it be that I made it through graduate school and yet I was never taught about healthy friendships? As I was readingFriendships Don’t Just Happen!, I had this profound wish that someone had shared all of this amazing information with me when I was much younger. This book should be required reading for women of all ages and especially for mothers of daughters.”
- Christine Bronstein, CEO of A Band of Wives, editor of Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection
“At a time when so many people are “friending” one another online yet reporting feelings of loneliness, Friendships Don’t Just Happen! reminds us that friendships worth creating are done with intention and significance.”
- Dale V. Atkins, PhD, psychologist, author, media commentator
"Women read books on parenting, romance, and diet all the time, but when was the last time we read about our friendships? As I read this book I was amazed by how much I didn't know that I didn't know. We need this book in huge ways! We've never been taught about the types of friends, healthy expectations, incremental vulnerability, and the steps of developing friendships. This book was so eye-opening and hope-filling. Read this book, get one for your mom, sister, friend, clients . . . the art of friendship is seeing a revival thanks to Shasta Nelson!"
- Angela Jia Kim, Founder of Savor the Success and Savor Spa
"When it comes to getting the girlfriend love you need (and we all need it!), Shasta Nelson has the path. No longer do you need to wish you had close, soulful relationships with other women; with this book as your guide, you are empowered to create them! This book is SO good, so thorough, and so perfect!"
- Christine Arylo, self-love teacher and author of Madly in Love with ME: the Daring Adventure to Becoming Your Own Best Friend
“Compassionate and encouraging, Shasta Nelson teaches how to not only make friends but create deep connections and avoid 'expectation hangovers' in our friendships. I am so grateful for this book, and all the loving, connected, and lasting friendships it will create.”
- Christine Hassler, bestselling author of 20 Something, 20 Everything
"Even women with large numbers of friends yearn for close, intimate friendships: Relationships that are easy and forgiving, and that allow friends to communicate in shorthand yet feel understood. In Frientimacy, Shasta Nelson offers practical advice to help women hone the skills and mindsets that are fundamental to the development of healthier, more satisfying friendships."
- Irene S. Levine, author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend
“I used to get a terrible sinking feeling in my stomach when I read articles about how women with a close circle of friends live longer. I had such a hard time developing satisfying friendships after a certain age. I was lonely! But not anymore, and I attribute part of that ability to connect to Shasta Nelson's wisdom. If you want—and need!—deeper friendships, then please read this wise and useful book.”
- Jennifer Louden, bestselling author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer
“The best friendships never have been simple.... Lo and behold, Shasta Nelson's gentle urgings toward self-improvement result in vastly more satisfying friendships.”
- Theresa Donovan Brown, co-author of The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship
“Shasta Nelson has put her finger on the pulse of our cultural malaise: We need good friends to have a happy life, but we are disconnected from one another. Repair takes insight, courage, and strength, and Shasta provides outstanding encouragement for us to get up, snap ourselves out of our self-defeating patterns, and create the friendships that our souls are longing for. Frientimacy has already changed my life, and it will change yours.”
- Marilyn Paul, bestselling author of It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys