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ABOUT SHARON

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Sharon is an award-winning association executive who partners as an organizational consultant and executive coach with clients in the non-profit and for-profit sectors, across the U.S. and internationally. Sharon supports her clients' goals of transformational change using organizational development methodologies, neuroscience, somatic awareness, leading-edge thought leadership, and lenses for diversity, equity, and inclusion to meet clients where they are and creating goals to evolve. ​Sharon also serves as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University's Institute of Transformational Leadership teaching Principles of Transformation and Leadership's Untapped Resource: Body Intelligence.

Sharon served as an association executive for nearly 12 years successfully leading wide-scale strategic, operational, and cultural change, improving value propositions, relevance, and profitability. Starting as the communications production manager, Sharon ultimately served as interim chief executive officer for Door and Hardware Institute, a trade association, and for many years as executive director of its charitable foundation, Door Security & Safety Foundation.

She has recently served as a strategist and facilitator for SmithBucklin, an association management company, supporting associations on their diversity, equity, and inclusion journeys. 

Sharon’s career has always 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, including multiple television series for The History Channel, Discovery Channel, and Animal Planet.   

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Sharon has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), 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 was named a Leader of Distinction by DigitalNow and is a proud ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program alumnus. 

Sharon enjoys giving back to the communities that have nurtured her, serving as a volunteer and instructor for ASAE for their CAE prep course, Foresight Works Advisory Council, Association Management Professional Advisory Council, and as Strategic Partnerships Chair for the Chesapeake Bay Organizational Development Network. Sharon currently serves on the Global Think Tank for the Institute of Association Leadership and is a Board member for Safe and Sound Schools. 

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Sharon is a native Washingtonian who currently resides in her hometown and looks forward to being able to travel the world once again. In the meanwhile, her broadcast skills come in handy when remote facilitations require an on-camera or hybrid approach that delivers impactful and meaningful connections. Get in touch to discuss the support you may need or the changes you are considering for your organization.

Sharon is the embodiment of executive leadership and believes in encouraging her clients to seek their best self not only professionally but personally. She brings her authentic self to each session and at the conclusion of our intense conversations I always learn something new about myself and how I can apply what I have learned to my career. 

Desirée Knight, CAE, CMP, DES

Executive Coaching Client

"Brilliant speaker on this vital topic - recommended for any association leader wishing to seriously engage with DEI."

Simon Forrester, 

CEO, Guild of Architectural Ironmongers