Sharon Birkman

CEO, Birkman International

SHARON BIRKMAN became CEO of Birkman International in 2002 and has since continued to lead the company to new levels of growth and success. In 2018, she was designated a “Power 50 Woman” by the National Council for Diversity and Inclusion, received the Houston Business Journal’s “Woman Who Means Business” award, and was recognized in 2016 as an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Sharon works with her middle daughter Amy Shepley, who oversees new products and innovation, bringing Birkman International to a three-generation enterprise that looks forward to many more decades of helping people see themselves and others through caring, appreciative eyes. Outside of Birkman International, Sharon and her husband, Richard, treasure time with their grandchildren, Morgan, Declan, and Emerson.


Creatures Of Contact: Why You Need More Than A Personality Test

Publication Date: March 2020

Understanding The Human Connection In spite of advancements in technology that have allowed for more online “connection,” loneliness is on the rise. Chronic loneliness is now seen among all ages and is quickly becoming an epidemic. What can be done to solve this human disconnection in a technologically connected world? As chairman and CEO of Birkman International, Sharon Birkman helps organizations focus on personal and professional development using the Birkman Method, a comprehensive assessment of interpersonal and occupational strengths to address issues of appreciative awareness. Focusing on social psychology, Sharon and Birkman International have helped not only organizations but also individuals find their careers, voices, confidence, and relevance amid the families and groups that surround them. Sharon Birkman wrote Creatures of Contact: Why You Need More Than a Personality Test to arm you with a better, more accurate understanding of yourself and those around you so you can have the opportunity to become a stronger leader, a more effective coworker, and a happier spouse or parent.

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