Sharon Y. Brown, CPC, PCC, MS is a certified professional coach, owner of Collaborate Change, and faculty member at Leadership That Works. She is also a coach trainer/mentor, author, and workshop facilitator. Sharon brings intuition, sensitivity, spirituality and creativity to her coaching and training that result in deepened awareness, improved communication and collaboration, and more creative idea exchange and problem-solving. Sharon specializes in culturally aware coaching, curriculum and workshop design, and community applications of coaching.

Since joining the Leadership That Works faculty in 2010, Sharon led a team that developed a new multicultural coaching curriculum and co-authored the book Coaching for Transformation: Pathways to Ignite Personal and Social Change. She also co-teaches the 9-month Coaching for Transformation certification program, the 9-month Community Coach Certification program, and multi-day Coaching for Community Transformation workshops. These training offerings combine coaching skills with awareness and skill building about power, privilege, rank, race and culture dynamics to support authentic connection and communication cross-culturally. As a Coaching for Community Transformation faculty and core team member, Sharon is actively involved in the innovative work of this team to make coaching skills widely available to community members and direct service providers to help shift the way they communicate and partner with people they serve or engage.

Sharon’s work and passion are both centered on contributing to community revitalization and to children’s success in under-served communities by supporting nonprofits, government agencies, educators, and community groups to integrate coaching skills into their programs, organizational culture, and service delivery models. In addition, she is a lead Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) prison and community workshop facilitator in New Jersey, and has served on nonprofit boards focused on community development & collaborative communication in New Jersey and New York.

Sharon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College and a Master of Science degree from Rutgers University. A professional coach since 2007, Sharon has earned the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential given by the International Coach Federation. Sharon draws on over 25 years of corporate experience in the pharmaceutical industry – most recently as a global IT project manager and team leader.