ABOUT SHARON


Sharon proudly serves as Chief Operating Officer for DHI - Door Security + Safety Professionals and Executive Director for Door Security & Safety Foundation. She has served both organizations for over a decade, successfully leading major strategic, operational and cultural change, improving their value propositions, strategic effectiveness, and profitability. Sharon is humbled to represent her members, whose mission and expertise is to provide life safety and security in commercial buildings around the world.

Sharon’s career has focused on opportunities to be a change leader and storyteller in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., having previously worked as a documentary television/film producer and actor for over a decade prior, including work on several series for The History Channel, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. In recent years, Sharon has also served as a change leadership consultant, facilitator and executive coach with clients in the non-profit and for-profit sectors, including Salamander Resort & Spa, Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association and PRSM Foundation. 

Sharon has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation, an Executive Certificate from Georgetown University in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership and her B.F.A. from the State University of New York, Purchase College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Sharon is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is an ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program Scholar (DELP). 

Sharon enjoys giving back to the communities that have nurtured her, both personally and professionally, serving as a volunteer educator for ASAE’s CAE candidates, on ASAE’s Association Management Company Professional Advisory Council, and ASAE's Research Foundation's Artificial Intelligence Task Force. She also serves as Strategic Partnerships Chair for Chesapeake Bay Organizational Development Network. Sharon has been invited to speak and facilitate in the U.S. and internationally on leadership, as well as strategic and cultural change. Sharon was recently honored to speak at the inaugural African Society of Association Executives conference in Nairobi, Kenya about change leadership and utilizing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for their association's strategic development. Sharon also facilitates workshops with a cohort of association colleagues to support the journey to becoming an ally to marginalized groups. 


Sharon is a native Washingtonian who also lived in New York and Los Angeles for twelve years. While she loves traveling the world, she is happy to be back in her hometown with her family.

  

 

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