Sharon G. Hadary
Principal, Sharon Hadary & Co., Co-author
Sharon Hadary, PhD, is National Co-Chair of the Enterprising Women Foundation, helping to lead the Young Enterprising Women Mentoring Forum Program at the annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference held each Spring.
Sharon is a recognized thought-leader on women's leadership and entrepreneurship. Her best-selling book, co-authored with Laura Henderson, How Women Lead: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know was published by McGraw Hill.
Dr. Hadary has been a corporate executive, a researcher, a consultant, a teacher, and an entrepreneur. When it comes to women’s entrepreneurial and corporate leadership, she knows the people as well as the data.
As the former and founding executive director of the Center for Women’s Business Research, Dr. Sharon Hadary has been a leader in creating social change for women for over two decades. At the Center for Women’s Business Research, the premier non-profit research institute devoted to studying women's entrepreneurship, she harnessed the transformational impact of data and altered forever the landscape for women business owners in access to capital, markets, expertise, and networks.
Today, as Principal of Sharon Hadary & Co, she is teaching, writing, and speaking nationally on the subject of women’s leadership and is an adjunct professor in the Doctor of Management program at University of Maryland University College.
Her articles on women's business leadership have appeared in The Wall Street Journal (cover story for the Small Business Report), Enterprising Women Magazine, MBE Magazine and 270inc. She is widely quoted on women's leadership in the media, most recently in Inc. Magazine, Redbook, Bethesda Magazine, The Glass Ceiling website, as well as other national media.
She has received multiple awards for her work on behalf of women entrepreneurs, including the first Enterprising Women Legacy Award and an induction into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame. She is a long time member of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board.
"For so long, women were taught that bossy was a bad thing, when it’s actually leadership. Having this
experience to not only be encouraged to be the leader and be the boss, but to see it done in a forum that’s
only women is so powerful for my young ladies. I am so impressed with the diversity of the Enterprising
Women. Every single one of my young ladies can see themselves in the entrepreneurs. The varied backgrounds
helps them know you can be in biotech, or the sciences, or engineering, and be an entrepreneur."
Science Teacher, WISE Director, Apex Friendship High School
"Many of the girls in the program come from economically distressed areas and they do not typically have this kind
of opportunity. To expose them to a day of mentoring and STEM activities is a very big opportunity for them."
"No one ever talked to these girls about, “How can you grow? How can you make a difference for yourself?"
President, Sharon Hadary & Co.
"This conference definitely had a big impact on me personally and what I would do with the rest of my time in
high school. It helped put me on the map and get myself known to the other individuals in the community."
Computer Science Student, University of Michigan
"It’s mentoring. It’s sponsoring. It’s offering internships. It’s the scholarships. It’s the online counseling.
It’s not only helping us as individuals, but by providing the kinds of resources and our sisterhood
that allows us to use our contacts to help others."
CEO, Women Business Collaborative
"The Enterprising Women program is so incredibly important to me. I know what it means to grow up in a
food desert community and to not grow up in my own home. Having real live mentors as I was growing up would
have been extraordinary. This is a program that is going to get our girls to the next level."
President & CEO, DevMar Products, LLC