There are a few things most Neapolitans have in common: a love for warm weather, a laid-back lifestyle and a great philanthropic spirit. For the young professional demographic, none represents that spirit better than Shanna Short. A private banker at JPMorgan Private Bank in Naples by day, she dedicates much of of her out-of-the-office time to meetings, events and volunteering in support of the local nonprofit community. Her contributions are far-reaching—so much so that she was named Young Professional of the Year at the 2015 Excellence in Industry Awards earlier this month.
Here, she shares how she balances a busy work-life schedule—and some of her best-loved spots, events and cocktails around town.
Which local organizations do you dedicate the majority of your time to? How did you choose them, and why are they significant to you?
The David Lawrence Center and The Humane Society Naples. I choose to become involved with the David Lawrence Center because one in four people suffer from mental illness, and I have personally seen many friends and family members affected by the illness. I wanted to help educate and spread awareness throughout the younger demographic of Southwest Florida and help the center in its long-term goal of providing assistance to the most amount of people as possible. I got involved with The Humane Society Naples mostly because of my admiration for animals. I wanted to help in their mission to shelter animals in times of need and locate lifelong homes for these dogs and cats. If I could take them all into my home, I would!
Between your career and your philanthropic commitments, you’re a busy lady! What’s your best time management tip?
Outlook calendar! I’m extremely organized with my calendar and probably pull it up on my phone 30 times a day. I am a planner, and I plan ahead for events, meetings, etc., months ahead.
What can’t you live without?
My three-year-old pug, Layla—she means everything to me. She loves me unconditionally every day and brings so much love and laughter into my life. She doesn’t know evil or jealousy or discontent; only silent, devoted companionship.
Say you have friends visiting Naples for the first time. What’s on your agenda for their first day in town?
Taking the family boat out at Naples Harbour and returning late afternoon to relax poolside at Jack’s River Bar and enjoy a famous Shipped Wrecked! Going to dinner at Tommy Bahama’s (my all-time favorite spot to eat since I’ve been coming down to Naples on vacation as a little kid) and introducing my guests to their Sanibel Stuffed Chicken, followed by sunset at the Naples Beach Hotel.
What upcoming Naples event are you looking forward to?
The Humane Society Naples Pet Lovers’ Gala on March 11 at the Naples Grande—I went last year and loved getting to bring Layla to a fancy gala with me. She dressed up, too!
If you could trade lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?
Kate Middleton—who wouldn’t want to be a princess?
Where would you go on a once-in-a-lifetime getaway?
Bora Bora, an island in French Polynesia, and stay in a bungalow (Four Seasons bungalow style) perched over the water on stilts.
When you’re off the clock, what is your favorite pastime?
Going to the beach and relaxing at home with my two loves (Layla and my boyfriend, Noel) with a nice bottle of wine.
What has been your proudest achievement?
Earning my Certified Financial Planner designation in 2012. The CFP is a certification that involves extensive exams in the areas of financial planning, taxes, insurance, estate planning and retirement. It was a lot of studying and hard work while also maintaining a full-time job, so I’d say I’m most proud of this accomplishment!