What I Like to talk About

BUILDING RESILIENCE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY: A PLAYBOOK FOR TODAY'S WORKFORCE

At some point in your journey, you will face something that could make or break you. So, how will you get through it? Emmy Award-winning journalist, cancer survivor and bereaved mother Sharon Delaney McCloud presents a compelling and inspirational narrative on lessons she's learned from the highs and lows of life as a working mother. As a type-A orchestrator by nature, Sharon shares how she sought balance after a tragic loss and now embraces grit and gratitude to face each day with a new outlook. This motivational talk will inspire audiences to find the grit within them to tackle challenges in the workplace and at home. Sharon co-authored a book based on this keynote, Keep Going, Memoirs of Strength, Courage & Perseverance.

LEARN:

  • 10 steps to build resilience in the workplace and at home

  • A deeper understanding of how to use grit and gratitude to overcome negative circumstances

  • A different way to approach integrating your professional and personal responsibilities that align with who you are

HAVING A VOICE, NOT MERELY A SEAT AT THE TABLE: POWERFUL STRATEGIES TO AMPLIFY YOUR VOICE

In group settings, men are 75% more likely to speak up than women. And when a woman does speak up, it's statistically probable that her male counterparts will either interrupt her or speak over her. What does this mean? It means, even in the professional world today, if you're not ready to fight to be heard, the silence will kill you. In this engaging, actionable session, Sharon will share strategies and tactics to amplify your voice figuratively (and literally) and hone your message to make certain that your voice is heard - so that you truly have a voice, and not just a seat, at the table.

LEARN:

  • Ways to amplify your voice, both figuratively and literally

  • Message development tactics to strengthen your communication

  • Understanding how body language and vocal delivery affect your overall communication

BUILDING EXECUTIVE PRESENCE FOR WOMEN

Women makeup 57% of college graduates and earn 63% of master's degrees in the United States. Yet female leadership in C-Suites, politics and elsewhere comes nowhere close. Why is that? In numerous surveys, top executives point to being perceived as leadership material as essential to being promoted into leadership positions. Aligning mindshare with the ability to command a room is the DNA of executive presence.  In this high energy, interactive keynote, Sharon teaches the three key elements to build your executive presence, whether you're an emerging leader or looking to advance into the C-Suite.

?LEARN:

  • Actionable strategies to build your executive presence

  • Learn why gravitas, communication, and appearance matter in today's business climate

  • About useful technology hacks to help you continue working on your communication skills 

My Background

Sharon Delaney McCloud is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, cancer survivor, Olympic Torch Bearer, author and communications expert who helps leaders & companies improve communication & executive presence to drive business results. As an active member of the Global Speakers Federation and the National Speakers Association, Sharon connects with people, while at the same time, offering actionable insights.

Sharon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Florida State University before embarking on a career as a television journalist. From the Persian Gulf War to John Glenn's historic return to space to the Super Bowl to hurricanes, floods, politics and entertainment, she has covered thousands of stories that have affected people's lives on a daily basis. Sharon also moderated gubernatorial and mayoral debates throughout North Carolina and served as a mentor for young journalists beginning their careers.

After leaving television news, Sharon founded Greenroom Communications, a Raleigh-based video production and marketing firm, with Kim and Penn Holderness (the XMAS Jammies Family). They worked with big brands like Target, Samsung, H&R Block and Chase Bank. At one point, they even had a reality show on UPtv. In 2016, Greenroom merged with Walk West to become a full-service digital marketing agency. There, Sharon is a Partner and Vice President of Professional Development where she leads media training, presentation/public speaking coaching, workplace communication and executive presence workshops for leaders at all levels of their careers. In 2018, Walk West debuted at No. 647 on Inc. Magazine’s 2018 list of fastest-growing private companies, the Inc. 5000, and was recognized as the fastest growing marketing agency in North Carolina.  In addition, Sharon serves on the Telly Awards Judging Council,  a national organization that honors excellence in video and television across all screens.

Sharon has been featured in numerous publications, including Sheryl Sandburg's Option B digital platform,  Enterprising Women and co-author of the new book, Keep Going, Memoirs of Strength, Courage & Perseverance.  In 2018, Sharon was nominated to be included in the inaugural KNOW Tribe Raleigh book, honoring the top businesswomen in the city. She then was selected for the Best of KNOW 2018 Book, recognizing the top professional women from across North America featured in the KNOW Tribe network.

Sharon was born in Nairobi, Kenya and spent her early years in East Africa attending schools in Kenya and Tanzania before moving to the United States. In addition to her television career, Sharon worked for the Department of Defense's U.S.O. program and traveled all over the Middle East, Mediterranean and Europe entertaining American troops as part of an all-girl group, The Florida Girls. Additionally, Sharon graduated from the New World School of the Arts in Miami and performed for a season with the Greater Miami Opera.

Sharon is very active in the community and serves on a number of Boards of Director and advisory committees for non-profit organizations in North Carolina. She’s married with three kids and during her free time, you’ll find Sharon planning their next family vacation. Ask her where her next trip is.

Testimonials

Sharon is such an authentic speaker - she weaves great practical advice in with captivating and funny stories that let you know that every bit of advice she is giving you is real and actionable. She is inspiring and relatable - the entire audience hung on every word she said.?
- N.P., CEO, CLEAN (VERIFIED @CLEANINC.COM) ??

Sharon's presentation for the Ellevate Signature Luncheon was a breath of fresh air, and it was very timely that she shared her wisdom on "Becoming Wonder Woman in the Board Room," amid International Women's Day. Sharon both inspired and empowered our community by sharing actionable insights such as the need for Executive Presence, the importance of becoming a life-long learner, and the inherent need to be bold - and move other women forward. Sharon is a testament to the meaning of true leadership. She is using her power for good by sharing the important lessons she's gleaned throughout her career - helping others to succeed in the workforce of tomorrow; a value that we also embody at Ellevate Triangle NC. ~ Katie Detwiler, President of the NC Triangle Chapter of the Ellevate Network?
- K.D., PRESIDENT, NC TRIANGLE CHAPTER OF THE ELLEVATE NETWORK?
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I first saw Sharon speak at the Women for Business Conference, and was so inspired by her talk on "Executive Presence" that I knew we had to bring her powerful message to our Women's Innovation Network (WIN). Sharon is charismatic, engaging, and provided tangible suggestions and examples on how to increase Execu- tive Presence in the workplace.?
- A.L., COMMUNICATIONS, BIOGEN (VERIFIED @BIOGEN.COM) ?
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Sharon gave an engaging, informative talk to my team discussing best practices for female employees' exec- utive presence. Sharon's advice and real-world examples provided valuable insights as my team works to master the skills we've put focus on this year. It was great to participate in Sharon's session as it had some- thing to offer the least experienced to the most experienced in the room.?
- S.P., VP/DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT, CLEAN (VERIFIED @CLEANINC.COM) ?
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In "Turning Battle Scars in Badges of Honor," Sharon gives a powerful account of surviving the loss of a child and finding hope and the positive from life's darkest moments. Sharon is an accomplished speaker and lifts the audience with this moving and powerful talk.?
- E.S., ATTORNEY, WILLIAMS MULLEN (VERIFIED @WILLIAMSMULLEN.COM) ?
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As keynote speaker for Carolina Parent's Women@Work breakfast, Sharon Delaney McCloud brought atten- dees to tears with her story of resilience. Sharon's great gift for story-telling, along with her ability to moti- vate and inspire others, made our event a great success. She made a true connection with our guests and they left feeling they could persevere through any challenge. I would recommend Sharon as a keynote speak- er without hesitation.?
- B.L., FORMER PUBLISHER, CAROLINA PARENT MAGAZINE (VERIFIED @GMAIL.COM)

Sharon is an engaging, relevant and energetic public speaker. She touches your heart (and your funny bone) and I would actively seek out more conferences and talks to attend.?
- B.L., FINANCIAL ADVISOR, NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL (VERIFIED @NM.COM) ?
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In a room full of high-powered, high-energy female executives, Sharon commanded, navigated and engaged the room with ease. She wove together excellent content and an appropriate amount of humor, and atten- dees left with multiple tangible takeaways to strengthen their communication and networking skills. If Sharon's speaking and I'm in town, sign me up!?- J.F., CONTENT STRATEGIST, MOVEMENT MORTGAGE (VERIFIED @MOVEMENT.COM) ? ?

I was lucky enough to see Sharon speak at the NC Chamber's Women's Conference in September 2017, and her unique ability to instantly connect with the audience is just remarkable. Her on-camera background has clearly perfected her speaking and presentation skills, but more than that (and something that can't be taught), she tells stories that draw you in, and make you feel like you are part of the experience. She is en- gaging, entertaining, intelligent, and so lovely, and I am already looking forward to seeing her speak again soon.?- K.K., MARKETING SPECIALIST, WALK WEST (VERIFIED @WALKWEST.COM) ? ?

Sharon has an extraordinary ability draw in and inspire an audience. She brings a balance of positivity and humility that is truly captivating. As a woman leader, I take every opportunity to hear her speak and I learn something new every time?
- B.B., PRESIDENT AND CEO, BEST NC (VERIFIED @BEST-NC.ORG) ??

Sharon Delaney McCloud was our keynote speaker at our WAVE (Women Adding Value at Eaton) Women's Conference. She was not only an exceptional speaker, she was very professional and joy to do business with. Sharon will have you laughing and learning at the same time. We not only learned how to be better support- ers of each other, we also learned how to dig deep— to turn our tragedies into triumphs. Everyone who at- tended our conference was positively impacted and transformed after hearing Sharon speak!?
- D.C., SR. NPI QUALITY ENGINEER, EATON CORPORATION (VERIFIED @EATON.COM) `

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My Calendar

Title of Speech Date City State
Fireside Chat with World Cup Soccer Player Jessica McDonald Nov, 19 2019 North Carolina Raleigh
What I learned When I Became a Vilomah Dec, 13 2019 North Carolina Raleigh
Workplace Communication Nov, 14 2019 North Carolina Raleigh
Building Resilience in the Face of Adversity Nov, 13 2019 North Carolina Wilmington

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