A native Washingtonian, Shani graduated from Eastern High School and completed her Bachelor of Science in Management at the University of Phoenix in 2001. Having an interest in law enforcement, Shani worked as a civilian Secret Service employee. She also satisfied her interest in medicine by serving in the Army Reserves as an Operating Room Technician at Walter Reed Medical Center for two years. Shani joined the Washington Tae Kwon Do club where she learned the traditions and the techniques of the hand and the foot. Her athletic ability and keen understanding of Tae Known Do allowed her to become one of the lead Kick Boxing Aerobics Instructors within the Tae Robics Fitness Program. She then went on to become an independent Group and Personal Trainer.
Having the desire to help people on a greater scale, Shani joined the Prince George’s County Police Department as a Police Officer. While on the Department she developed relationships with citizens and the business community. She embraced the Prince George’s County community and saw a need to create a teen girls support group that focused on self esteem, the importance of education, and decision making skills.
Unfortunately, Shani was involved in a car accident while on duty and her police career was cut short. Despite being in a car accident that has left her unable to walk, Shani continues to be a proponent of maintaining a healthy and balanced mind, body, and spirit. She strives to strengthen the esteem of men and women while erasing stereotypes. Currently Shani is a IT Project Manager for the Prince George’s County Police Department.
On May 7, 2011 Shani was presented with the Official Washington Tae Kwon Do Club’s Black Belt and bestowed the rank of Cho Dan. In addition, May 7th was proclaimed as Shani Watson Day in recognition of Shani’s commitment and dedication to empowering men and women and the sacrifice she has made as a Police Officer.
She continues her fitness routine by boxing, exercising and immersing herself in a positive lifestyle. She is committed to shining a light so everyone has the opportunity to expand the possibilities for their life.
This has led Shani to create IamShani LLC, a health and wellness company that encourages all people to live an active life. IamShani also has an advocacy arm where accessibility and inclusiveness issues are addressed.