From Pleasing to Purpose: 16 Principles for Empowered LIVING
As daughters, mothers, sisters and wives, we are hard-wired to please and take care of others. Many of us also receive conflicting information about how and who we should be in the world. We are at once told we should dare to dream, but not at the expense of inconveniencing another. We are told to be ourselves, yet relentlessly measure our inner worth by outer means. We are told we can do anything, yet receive thousands of messages to the contrary -- messages that subtly (or not-so-subtly) encourage us to play small, stay silent and/or dumb down. Over time, many of us begin to doubt our own unique gifts and talents. Perhaps we find ourselves feeling as if we are living someone else's life, rather than our own. We become stuck in our story and wonder if there's a way out that honors the essence of who we really are.
In this presentation, Sharon will share some of her own story of how she moved from a life of endlessly proving and pleasing others to one anchored by a deep sense of purpose. She’ll also share key insights and principles that can help you make the shift from playing the victim to being the victor in your own life and business.
Sharon Reed Bio:
Civic-minded and globally focused, Sharon Reed is passionate about building bridges of understanding and empowering others to make a positive difference in the world --through innovation, communication, collaboration, education, empowerment and engagement.
In 2013, inspired by her 10-year old daughter and fueled by her passion for women’s leadership and development, Sharon founded the Global Girls Project. Based on the belief that every female should have the right to live her own voice out loud and viewed through the lens of heart-aligned leadership, this mother-daughter collaborative writing initiative invites women from around the world to share stories and advice from their own journey toward empowerment, passing on the legacy of leadership from one generation of women to the next.
When she’s not working on the Global Girls Project, Sharon divides her time between consulting on key civic, sustainable and global development initiatives and writing/speaking on personal empowerment, heart-aligned leadership and organizational effectiveness. She is a contributing author of the book, Inspiring Hope: One Story at a Time, and served as co-editor for Stan Phelp’s best-selling book on corporate culture and employee engagement, What’s Your Green Goldfish. Sharon has also been featured in The Shriver Report, Whitney Johnson’s Dare, Dream Do blog, and most recently in Women’s Voices magazine.
An active advocate for women’s leadership and effective work-life policies that support women in the work place, Sharon currently serves on the steering committee for the Charlotte Chapter of ATHENA International, an international women’s leadership organization, and is a past speaker, panel moderator and steering committee member for the Queens University Work Life Forum.
Recognized for her passionate commitment to international education and service, Sharon is a former World View Associate and[masked] Distinguished Rotarian Award recipient. She currently serves on the North Carolina State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.
A true third culture kid (with a grown up perspective), Sharon has lived and traveled extensively around the world and holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Stephen F. Austin State University. She currently lives in Davidson, NC, with her two children, Michael and Allison.
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