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Hello, I’m Sharon.

I am an Executive & Leadership Coach as well as a 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 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.
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My Clients

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

My clients want to be effective and creative leaders 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.

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 academia and into the world of work, which can feel very overwhelming. 

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

About Me

My coaching approach draws on over 30 years’ experience in education, human resources and operational leadership roles for organizations of various sizes and sectors in Silicon Valley – tech and biotech. I have deep research and certifications in Co-Active Coaching, Designing Your Life, Coaching from the Inside Out, Leadership Circle™, Collective Leadership Assessment™, Playing Big, and Immunity to Change, Certified Neurotransformational Coach (CNTC), TED – The Empowerment Dynamic Certified Coach, 3VQ Certified Coach and Facilitator.

I have worked in large public companies – Oracle, Adobe, Genentech and Yahoo!; and other high-tech startup companies in Silicon Valley and I 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 adult kids who reside in NYC and Victoria, BC, training, taking classes, traveling, reading (I’m a book addict), being active, doing anything on, in or near the water, including surfskiing!

3VQ 3 Vital Questions Certified Trainer 2023 - Center for the Empowerment Dynamic
Designing Your Life certified coach
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BeAbove Certified NeuroTransformational Coach
BeAbove Certified NeuroTransformational Coach
International Coach Federation
Leadership Circle Certified Practitioner
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Is Coaching the best next step for you?

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