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Hello, I’m Sharon.

I’m a Leadership and Career coach dedicated to technology professionals who want to grow their capacity to be more engaged and innovative in their work. 

  • You feel overwhelmed and in the weeds, sometimes lacking energy and drive.
  • You know what to do, but things are moving so fast you can barely keep up.
  • You feel stuck and find it hard to keep your head above the water, things feel chaotic
  • You are concerned you won’t reach your full potential or perhaps you aren’t sure what you are truly capable of.

Something needs to change.

Sharon L. Ilstrup

My Clients

My clients are leaders who face crazy, high-speed days filled with abiguity and uncertainty. They show up every day not always sure they are heading in the right direction.

My clients want to be an effective and creative leader who directly and positively impacts business performance. The leader they wish they had. They are willing to be open and do the work it takes to be that leader.

Through coaching, my clients push through obstacles and see what they are truly capable of.

My clients are recent college graduates who have found work in the technology space and are looking for extra support as they navigate their way out of acadamia and into the world of work, which can feel very overwhelming. 

If you desire to grow – to play full out – let’s talk. There is no obligation. Let’s get to know each other and determine if coaching is the best next step for you.

About Me

My coaching approach draws on over 20 years experience in human resources and operational leadership roles for organizations of various sizes and sectors in Silicon Valley – tech and biotech. Using Neuroscience as my framework, I have the ability to understand if my clients are stuck in chaos or rigidity, fear, frustration, or hopelessness and together we co-create a plan to move to a more effective state.  I also have deep research and certifications in Co-Active Coaching, Designing Your Life, Coaching from the Inside Out, Leadership Circle™, Leadership Culture Survey™, Playing Big, and Immunity to Change. Currently, I am in the process of receiving my Advance Coaching Certificate in Neuroscience Transformational Coaching through BeAbove Leadership.  

I have worked in large public companies – Oracle, Adobe, Genentech and Yahoo!; and other high-tech startup companies in Silicon Valley and am acutely aware of the complexity of organizations in our fast moving, ever changing world. More recently, I have leveraged my leadership expertise as Managing Director of a non-profit educational organization which gave me a deep understanding of childhood and adult development, all of which I bring to my coaching.

I am a CPCC (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach) through Coaches Training Institute and certified through ICF (International Coaches Federation) as a PCC (Professional Certified Coach). I am held to the highest standards of ethics and guidelines of ICF.

When I’m not coaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband (a technology attorney) and my kids, training, taking classes, traveling, reading (I’m a book addict), being active, doing anything on, in or near the water, including paddleboard racing!

Is Coaching the best next step for you?

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