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Shasta Nelson, M.Div., is a nationally recognized friendship expert. She is the Founder and CEO of, the only online community that matches new friends offline by connecting local women in cities across the U.S. She has been interviewed as a friendship expert on CBS's The Early Show and NBC's TODAY SHOW, as well as in The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post, Martha Stewart Radio, Essence, Parents, More, Redbook, and Glamour, among others.

Her current book, Friendships Don't Just Happen!, is the culmination of years of proven success from her work at, her training and experience as a pastor committed to personal growth and healthy community, and her coaching practice devoted to moving people into their sweet spots.

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