As Partner and VP, Professional Development, Sharon has proven herself to be invaluable across many integral skill sets within Walk West’s wheelhouse as a leader and mentor. Dedicated to the business of telling clients’ stories, whether on TV, in a video, on a website, social media or as a public speaker, Sharon’s engaging ability to help companies and brands connect with their audience is unmatched. To commodify her passions, Sharon also devotes a large portion of her time coaching others in media training, presentation skills, on-camera training, and workplace communication, helping countless business and government leaders, athletes, and authors deliver powerful presentations and winning media interviews.
Born to Irish immigrants in Nairobi, Kenya, later moving to Tanzania, then New York and Miami, Sharon attended Florida State University studying Communications, with minors in Theater and Music. Her performance strengths were her launching pad to great success, working for the Department of Defense and traveling the world with the USO, fulfilling the organization’s mission of uplifting and inspiring servicemen and women overseas.
Back stateside, Sharon spent the next 20 years as an Emmy Award winning television news journalist, broadcaster and producer in several regional markets, eventually settling in Raleigh as a TV news anchor with the local NBC affiliate. To further her borderless contributions to solidarity initiatives, she was chosen to carry the Olympic Torch for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
In 2008, she made the leap of faith to reinvent herself as an entrepreneur and co-founded a full-service digital marketing company (Greenroom Communications), specializing in the creation of premium video content across all landscapes for commercial, corporate and non-profit use. She recruited and hired a talented team of video producers, internet marketing and social media management experts, and eventually navigated the team to a successful merger with Walk West in January 2017.
Sharon and her husband, Mike, have lived in Raleigh since 1999, and have 3 children, Conner, Pierce, and Macie (who passed away in 2005 after a courageous battle against acute myelogenous leukemia, igniting Sharon’s activism with the St. Baldricks Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). A breast cancer survivor herself, Sharon has turned her grief into action, and gives selflessly of her time and talents to support other families and organizations that share her guiding principle to “Never, Ever Give Up”.
“Everyone has a story and I love showing people how to do that effectively to move their mission forward.”