Our Founder

Shawn Alex Nemeth is a gifted speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur whose life purpose is to help people become the best possible version of themselves. Shawn is also the president and CEO of Chester Street Foundation, a nonprofit he founded to shine a light on childhood trauma through education and awareness.

Having suffered horrific abuse as a child, Shawn became an ordained minister and worship leader, working compassionately to help others heal while the little boy inside suffered in silence. In 2009, Shawn was hospitalized with post-traumatic stress disorder and told that severe trauma had been encoded in his brain and body during the years of abuse and neglect. But with treatment, courage and self-compassion, Shawn found the strength to recover and thrive; and with renewed clarity, he set out on a mission of providing a voice for traumatized children and educating his community about the issues of childhood trauma.

In addition to sharing his inspiring story with audiences large and small as a professional speaker and through his organization the Chester Street Foundation, Shawn has also chronicled his experience with raw candor in his book, Thorns of Chester Street.

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Shawn’s moving story is captured in his autobiography the Thorns of Chester Street. Proceeds from the sale of his book benefits the Chester Street Foundation.

Shawn’s Book