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Rayona Sharpnack

CEO & Founder, The Institute for Gender Partnership & Institute for Women's Leadership

CEO & Founder, The Institute for Gender Partnership & Institute for Women's Leadership

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Rayona Sharpnack Biography

Rayona Sharpnack is the founder ad CEO of the Institute for Women's Leadership, a renowned organization known for spearheading initiatives in leadership and organizational effectiveness for the past 25 years. Drawing from successful careers in education, professional sports, and business, Rayona is an inspirational teacher, coach, and mentor to senior executives across industries. She is also the founder of the Institute for Gender Partnership™, an organization that works with top-level executives to bring the substantial benefits of full Gender Partnership™ to their organizations—financially and beyond.

Rayona's clientele is comprised of government agencies, universities, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies, including Pfizer, Gap Inc., Hertz, Cardinal Health, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, Hewlett-Packard, and World Pulse. Her masterful approach takes complex theoretical concepts and distills them into accessible education and training. Through their dedicated guidance, Rayona and her team have helped more than 20,000 women and men, ranging from mid-level managers to C-suite executives, to realize groundbreaking results and renewed potential in both their professional and personal lives.

Her pioneering work has garnered widespread recognition, including showcases of her leadership model by The New York Times and Fast Company, as well as her appointment as Chairwoman of Leadership Development on the Women's Leadership Board of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

She has presented her outstanding achievements in advancing women leaders and building high-performance teams to prestigious institutions such as:

Harvard University

Stanford Business School

U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business

State of the World Forum

Canadian Federal Government

Australian Federal Government

Leadership America

Professional and Business Women of California

Rayona Sharpnack Speaking Topics

  • Women Empowering Women

    "For every one courageous female willing to fight for retribution for unfair treatment, there are a thousand others willing to walk away."

    Rayona outlines the process of revealing, assessing and designing innovative approaches to transforming the relationship that women have with one another; ultimately, it's imperative that women trade up their own contexts about empowering other women.

  • Men as Allies

    "This work isn't anyone helping others out — our liberation, our future, our economic abundance is dependent upon this work."

    Rayona discusses why men can help women work to their full capacity as leaders • and why they should.

  • Gender Partnership

    "What are the reinvented contexts that move us from, 'Gender Partnership is the right thing to do,' to, 'Our whole organizational strategy depends on the full partnership of men and women'?"

    Rayona shares her thoughts on Essential Elements for Creating True Gender Partnership in your organization, including: Empowering Women For and With Each Other, Engaging Men to Advance Women, and Removing Institutional Barriers and Blind Spots.

  • Gender Partnership: Cracking the Code

    "We are at the precipice of a miraculous moment in time ... We are actually at a point where we can change the tide. Now men and women are together to talk about Gender Partnership ... Men of quality are never threatened by women's equality."

    Addressing the shift in workplace conversation that has risen from a shift in social attitudes, Rayona discusses the best ways in which to seize this opportunity to demonstrate the (common-sense) success made possible through equality.

  • Contextual Leadership: Shifting Your Context

    "Although we may think that we act freely based on a rational assessment of the objective audience, this isn't the case. The real source of people's actions is not what they know, but how they perceive the world around them and what conclusions they draw as a result."

    Based on her book, Trade Up: Five Steps for Redesigning Your Leadership and Life Inside Out, Rayona shares how to Trade Up and change your perspective, in addition to offering her "Secret Sauce" of Breakthrough Leadership.

Rayona Sharpnack Videos

  • Rayona Sharpnack - Gender Partnership: It's a Two-Way Street ...
    Rayona Sharpnack, speaking at the 2015 Better Man Conference, explores what it will take to create true Gender Partnership in the workplace ...
  • Rayona Sharpnack - The Power of Engaging Men as Allies - YouTube
    Rayona keynotes the American Institute of CPAs Global Women's Leadership Summit. She talks energetically about why we need men to help us ...
  • Rayona Sharpnack -- Cracking the Code of Gender Partnership

Rayona Sharpnack Books

  • Trade-Up!: 5 Steps for Redesigning Your Leadership and Life from the Inside Out
    Trade-Up!: 5 Steps for Redesigning Your Leadership and Life from the Inside Out

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Rayona Sharpnack is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Women Empowering Women, Men as Allies, Gender Partnership, Gender Partnership: Cracking the Code and Contextual Leadership: Shifting Your Context. The estimated speaking fee range to book Rayona Sharpnack for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Rayona Sharpnack generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Marla Blow, Stephen Viscusi, Kristie Kennedy, Sherry Lansing and Sharon Gai. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rayona Sharpnack for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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