Shari’s abilities on the podium have been informed and enhanced by her training as an actor, her service as a speechwriter, and her experience coaching others (politicians, bureaucrats, scholars, business professionals) to make the most of their profile-raising opportunities – from job interviews and board briefings to media appearances and keynote presentations.

Over the past 25 years, she has delivered hundreds of highly-rated conference keynotes and interactive workshops to educators and health professionals, business women and marketing executives, activists, parents and students of all ages. Shari tailors her presentations and keynotes to her clients’ context and audiences, addressing issues related to the following: communicating with impact, men’s support for women in the workplace, persuasion, presentation skills, strategic media engagement, women’s voices, women’s leadership, women and media.

OMG – What if I really AM the best person?

In her capacity as catalyst of Informed Opinions, Shari regularly speaks to audiences of accomplished women across sectors and disciplines who have the capacity to add value to public discourse by sharing their ideas and analysis, but often decline such opportunities. This presentation, supported by research and laced with humour, makes a compelling case for why that needs to change.

Testimonials

Shari’s public lecture at UVic was a tremendous success. It attracted female faculty and graduate students from all across campus and was informative, interactive and inspiring. Shari is a dazzling public speaker. We look forward to bringing her back to campus to lead the Informed Opinions Workshop.

        – Maneesha Deckha, Associate Professor, University of Victoria

Shari’s keynote was brilliant. She provided context, substance and hope, all wrapped up in humour and punchy imagery. An absolutely perfect close to our conference, I’d give it an 8 out of 5.

        – Merryl Bear, Director, National Eating Disorder Information Center

Shari’s presentation at the Vancouver Public Salon was deeply human, engaging, iconoclastic, witty and so in touch with the issues of today.

        – Sam Sullivan, MLA, Former Mayor of Vancouver

An energetic presenter, Shari brings a keen sense of humour and knowledge of how media work and why women need to speak up about what they know. The workshop gave me confidence to write an op-ed, the publication of which generated a substantive radio interview on CBC.

        – Elisabeth Gugl, Department of Economics, University of Victoria

Outstanding expertise PLUS a warm welcoming style PLUS good control of the clock and ensuring everyone was heard! Thank you!

        – Diane Harris, Canadian Women’s Foundation

It was invaluable to hear Shari’s perspectives and to learn from her experiences. Her personable and personal storytelling really made the subject approachable.

        – Jennifer Breakspear, Executive Director, QMUNITY

The Informed Opinions seminar was brilliant. Shari not only taught the participants with skill and insight, she also encouraged and inspired them. By the end of the day, several were already planning to draft their own opinion pieces and submit them for publication. A superb writer, Shari manages to combine her professional experience with personal warmth to produce a unique learning environment.

        – Allan Rock, President and Vice Chancellor, University of Ottawa

You have a wonderful and inspiring approach that added tremendous value to the Ontario Skills Institute.

        – Chanel Grenaway, Canadian Women’s Foundation

It was an inspirational session, filled with brilliant insights and superb strategies.Fascinating. Focused. Funny. This offers just about everything women could possibly need to know about how to get our important ideas out into the public realm. 

       – Constance Backhouse, Canada Research Chair and Professor of Law, University of Ottawa

Informative and inspiring. A real confidence booster.

        – Michelle Rupp, Chair, The Minerva Foundation for BC Women

It was very useful to learn from someone with SO much current experience, and who is so dynamic!

        – Rachel Tutte, Co-chair, BC Health Coalition

It was a terrific session – one of the most valuable professional development sessions I’ve ever had in the course of a long career.

        – Dr. Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law, University of Ottawa

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