Sharon is the CEO of White Oaks and has been with the company since February 2001. Her experience in the financial services industry dates back to 1993 and includes positions at American Express Financial Advisors as a Financial Advisor and Lord, Abbett & Co LLC as a Client Liaison in New York.
Sharon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in European Community Studies from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff, with a focus on European political economics and languages. In continuing education, she received a certificate in International Business Practice from the Mountbatten Program and Oxford University, and in 2019, she completed the Vistage Executive Leadership Program in collaboration with the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She also holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation and is a member of NAPFA, a fee-only fiduciary professional association with the most rigorous continuing education requirements in the industry.
She was honored as a 2013 “Top Women in Business” and a 2010 “40 under 40” recipient by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. Sharon has been quoted in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, CBS Money Watch, USA Weekend, MSN Money, The Financial Times Advisor IQ, Forbes.com, Glamour and CNN Money. She frequently speaks on market and economic issues, wealth planning and how to better prepare the next generation for wealth.
Sharon is currently Treasurer for the Minnesota Opera board and serves on the Investment Committee. She is a past President of Rotary Club 9, chaired two district-wide conferences, and in July 2021, she will be the Chair of the District Rotary Foundation Committee. In 2019, Sharon received the Marty Baskerville Philanthropy Award to recognize her Rotary lifetime achievements and the Vistage Lifetime Achievement Award for leadership in her CEO peer to peer organization.
Born in the UK, Sharon has lived and studied in Africa, Asia and Europe and speaks multiple languages. In 2007, she funded the rebuilding of a kindergarten in Indonesia that she named after her daughter – Sophia’s Sunshine School. It is her goal to build nine more and bring meaningful economic improvement to the area.
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