Shawn Newell and the Hard Conversations

If there is one thing I have learned throughout the last few weeks is that I need to begin having hard conversations with racism. Black lives matter, they do. We have the opportunity to open up to these discussions. They are not going to be easy, but they are going to be worth it. Thank you so much, Shawn, for coming on our show and talking about the hard things.

Who is Shawn Newell?

Shawn is the Vice President of Business Development at Industrial Supply Company where he has worked for the past 35 years.  He serves as a community integrator working as the vice president of the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP, as a former Commissioner on the Governor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission, he heads the Utah Multicultural Civic Council and is a member of the ME4U coalition.  Shawn is a member of the Utah Manufacturer’s Association Board, the workforce and Economic Development Advisory Board at Salt Lake Community College where he has served as the Alumni Council President for Salt Lake Community College and a Trustee for SLCC.  Mr. Newell is a Civility Ambassador for World Civility through iChange Nations.  Additionally, he serves on the Utah Courts Committee for Self-Represented Parties, a member of the Utah State Board of Education and as a President’s Ambassador for the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Newell also serves on the Utah State Department of Workforce services as an appointed Board member.  Shawn was recently appointed to the Board of the Utah System of Higher Education.

Shawn is a graduate of the University of Utah, Salt lake Community College and has a Masters of Management degree from the University of Phoenix. He holds an Executive leadership certification from the University of Utah School of Business and a Diversity and Inclusion certificate from Cornell.

 In Mr. Newell’s spare time he officiates youth sports.  Mr. Newell is married, the father of three, and has four grandchildren.

Shawn is an amazing human and does so much for our community. We appreciate him being on our show to start helping these hard conversations and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. For more, please visit

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