Shannon Italia’s successful business career in industry included 15 years in sales and management roles at Fortune 500 companies. She has been equally committed to serving the community and has volunteered in various roles that positively impact women. Since 2014, Shannon has served onthe advisory board of Rethreaded, a company that employs survivors of human trafficking, and is the current board chair. From 2011-16, she served on the advisory board of the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center, which provides women with mentoring and business education. Shannon is also the founder and advisor to the UNF Women in Business Society, an organization that was created to develop female leaders. As a result of her commitment, Shannon was recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal with the 2013 Woman of Influence award.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from the University of North Florida. Shannon has worked at UNF since 2005 and is the founding director of the Career Management Center in the Coggin College of Business, an adjunct instructor, and member of Coggin’s Executive Committee, as well as the point person for marketing and external relations. She has received numerous honors for her tireless efforts on campus, including the 2015 Susan B. Anthony Award from the UNF Women’s Center, the 2010 Gabor Award Runner Up, a UNF Foundation award for employee excellence, and the 2009 Soaring to Excellence Award, a recognition from UNF’s President.
She and her husband, Mike Italia, recently established the William Michael Italia and Shannon Italia Community Service Endowed Scholarship.