Wilmington University Speaker Series
Unleashing Your Inner Leader
Hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences
Featuring Founder and President of Great Dames, Inc.,
Tuesday, October 11 @ 6:00pm
New Castle Campus, Audrey Kohl Doberstein Admissions Center Auditorium
Meet the Speaker
Sharon Kelly Hake is the founder and president of Great Dames, Inc. which provides services and opportunities for women to enhance their personal and professional leadership abilities while creating a legacy. The Great Dames® “Inspired Leadership” process helps strong and accomplished individuals activate their strengths through a pragmatic and integrated approach incorporating personal leadership branding, co-mentoring, and public service.
Sharon launched Great Dames as a way of connecting and mobilizing kindred spirits with purpose. She has enjoyed a lifetime of inspiration from remarkable women and men, including her father who taught her the value of creating a legacy and provided the inspiration for her company.
Prior to launching the company with her daughter, Heather Cassey, Sharon had a successful career as a global marketing and strategy leader at DuPont, during which she learned from her global colleagues, traveled extensively and lived abroad. Sharon had a chance to spread her wings in corporate life, holding positions in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, finance, marketing, corporate social responsibility and public affairs during her career.
Sharon led global teams that focused on defining the competitive landscape, market needs, and offering gaps around areas of focus for several different businesses. Her growth recommendations integrated market insights into customer needs, channels, brands, technology and strategic relationships. She also explored opportunistic market opportunities by developing and launching new offerings that create value for customers while responding to needs for improving business performance while reducing risks.
She holds an MBA in finance and marketing from the Fox School of Business at Temple University and a BS degree from Penn State. Sharon is married to Glenn Hake and is inspired every day by her daughters, Heather and Deirdre, both Great Dames Principals.