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All About Me

Sharon Delaney McCloud is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, TEDx speaker, Certified Diversity Executive CDE®, agency owner, adjunct professor, author, and communications expert who helps leaders amplify their impact to drive business results. 

 

Sharon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Florida State University before embarking on a career as a television journalist. From the Persian Gulf War to John Glenn's historic return to space to the Super Bowl to hurricanes, floods, politics and entertainment, she has covered thousands of stories that have affected people's lives on a daily basis. One of the highlights of Sharon's television career was being selected to carry the Olympic Torch for the 2004 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.  Always focused on educating viewers on current issues facing our community, Sharon moderated multiple gubernatorial and mayoral debates throughout North Carolina and served as a mentor for young journalists beginning their careers.

 

After leaving television news, Sharon founded Greenroom Communications, a Raleigh-based video production and marketing firm, with Kim and Penn Holderness (the XMAS Jammies Family). They worked with big brands like Target, Samsung, H&R Block and Chase Bank. At one point, they even had a reality show on UPtv. In 2016, Greenroom merged with Walk West to become a full-service digital marketing agency. There, Sharon is a Partner and consultant where she developed and led media training, presentation/public speaking coaching, workplace communication and executive presence workshops for leaders and teams at companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100 enterprises. She's the creator of Walk West's first online course, Rock Your Next Talk, an interactive, self-paced professional development class designed to level up your public speaking skills. In addition, Sharon serves as an adjunct professor at NC State's Jenkins MBA Program teaching Business Communications and frequently guest lectures at her alma mater, Florida State University.

After 15 years of wearing the many hats required of entrepreneurs, Sharon left the day-to-day operations at Walk West in late 2021 to join UNC Health as Director of Corporate Communications. This role aligns with Sharon's professional and personal passions at a time when health care is crucial and everyone has access for their families.

Sharon has been featured in numerous publications, including Sheryl Sandburg's Option B digital platform, Thrive Global, Enterprising Women and co-authored the book, Keep Going, Memoirs of Strength, Courage & Perseverance.  In 2018, Sharon was selected for the Best of KNOW Book, recognizing the top professional women from across North America in the KNOW network. In December 2019, Sharon had the opportunity to share her big idea with the world on a TEDx stage.  Through Giving Vilomahs a Voice, Sharon shows us how to approach conversations with bereaved parents. This passion led to her writing a letter to the White House advocating for bereavement leave policy. That letter turned into an invitation to meet one on one with President Joe Biden in the summer of 2021 when they discussed the need for paid bereavement leave.

 

Sharon was born in Nairobi, Kenya and spent her early years in East Africa attending schools in Kenya and Tanzania before moving to the United States. In addition to her television career, Sharon worked for the Department of Defense's U.S.O. program and traveled all over the Middle East, Mediterranean and Europe entertaining American troops as part of an all-girl group, The Florida Girls. Additionally, Sharon graduated from the New World School of the Arts in Miami and performed for a season with the Greater Miami Opera.

 

Sharon is very active in the community and serves on a number of Boards of Director and advisory committees for non-profit organizations in North Carolina. She’s married with three kids and during her free time, you’ll find Sharon planning their next family vacation.
Ask her where her next trip is.

"Sharon is such an authentic speaker - she weaves great practical advice in with captivating and funny stories that let you know that every bit of advice she is giving you is real and actionable. She is inspiring and relatable - the entire audience hung on every word she said."

Natalie Perkins Holden/Clean

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