Shaunti Feldhahn is the best-selling author of books such as For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men, which have sold more than 2 million copies in 24 languages worldwide since 1998. Best known for her innovative approach to investigating and quantifying what people "don't know that they don't know" about the opposite sex, Feldhahn hails from a background in economics and analysis rather than the more traditional route of psychology.
Feldhahn received her bachelor's degree in government and economics from The College of William and Mary in Virginia (Class of 1989); she then went on to serve on the staff of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. She later attended Harvard's Kennedy School for a Master in Public Policy with a Concentration in Business, and then worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as one of the principal financial analysts on Japan during the time of the Japanese financial crisis.
Feldhahn began her career as an author after moving to Atlanta to start a family. Her background as an analyst served as a launching point for opportunities to write about eye-opening topics,leading first to a book about a balanced Christian response to the Y2K issue, and later, two spiritual fiction thrillers (The Veritas Conflict and The Lights of Tenth Street). While interviewing men to help her write The Lights on Tenth Street, which has a male protagonist, Feldhahn made a series of observations about men that compelled her to return to the non-fiction world, leading her to further research what men are thinking that women tend not to know. That became the basis for her book For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men. For Women Only attempts to provide readers with insight into the inner lives of men and the challenges they face. Feldhahn (co-authoring at various times with her husband, Jeff, and on other books with youth speakers Lisa and Eric Rice) continued the series by authoring For Men Only, For Young Women Only, For Young Men Only, and For Parents Only.
As a syndicated weekly newspaper columnist for six years (2003 to 2009), Feldhahn debated hot topics with another female columnist, from opposite philosophical perspectives (first Diane Glass and later, after Diane’s untimely death from cancer, Andy Sarvady) in the popular "Woman to Woman" column. Once appearing in 75 newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Seattle Times, the column was a casualty of the economic downturn and newspaper crash in 2009, when many client newspapers cut back, dropped all syndicated content, or went out of business altogether.
In January 2010, Feldhahn transitioned from books principally about personal relationships, and published her ground-breaking Perceptions research in her first book for the business market: "The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace." (She also published a special edition for the faith-based market, For Women Only in the Workplace.) As part of that process, Feldhahn identified several crucial factors that (mostly without either party realizing it) interfere with advancing women into corporate leadership. Through her corporate business, High Factor Results, she works with corporations to establish effective women’s leadership programs that move the needle on women’s leadership. She and her team of researchers and trainers also speak at and have conduct women’s leadership seminars and training at dozens of the largest corporations and leadership organizations in the country. More recently, she partnered with former executive Cindy Cohn to establish the Perceptions small-group coaching platform.
In 2014, Feldhahn released The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages. As the culmination of an eight year effort to investigate many commonly-held but inaccurate myths about marriage and divorce (such as the idea that half of all marriages end in divorce), she also released The Good News About Marriage.
In 2015, her book, Through A Man’s Eyes: Helping Women Understand the Visual Nature of Men, co-authored with Craig Gross, set out to help every woman know how to support a husband, boyfriend or son in today’s challenging culture.
In her latest book, The Kindness Challenge, Feldhahn is catalyzing a movement of kindness across the country and beyond. In addition to individual readers, dozens of prominent organizations and leaders are coming together to do the related The 30-Day Kindness Challenge (www.jointhekindnesschallenge.com), and encouraging their followers to do the same.
Shaunti Feldhahn speaks at 40-50 widely diverse events each year, from corporations, universities and leadership events to church conferences, military workshops, stadium simulcasts, and (often with Jeff) marriage conferences. Shaunti is a popular media commentator, and her findings are regularly featured in media as diverse as The Today Show, Focus on the Family, The New York Times, and Cosmopolitan magazine.
|1999||Y2K: The Millennium Bug|
|2000||The Veritas Conflict|
|2003||The Lights of Tenth Street|
|2004||For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men|
|2006||For Women Only: Discussion Guide|
|2006||For Women Only: A Bible Study|
|2006||For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women|
|2006||For Young Women Only: What You Need to Know About How Guys Think|
|2007||For Men Only: Discussion Guide|
|2007||For Young Women Only: Discussion Journal|
|2007||For Parents Only: Getting Inside the Head of Your Kid|
|2007||For Parents Only: Discussion Guide|
|2008||For Young Men Only: A Guy's Guide to the Alien Gender|
|2010||The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace|
|2014||The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages|
|2014||The Good News About Marriage|
|2015||Through A Man's Eyes|
|2016||The Kindness Challenge: 30 Days to Improve Any Relationship|
- Perceptions Program
1. Feldhahn, S. For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men. Multnomah: 2004. 192 pages.
2. www.shaunti.com (book photos from site)