- About Us
This is a joint program of the Center for Women and Gender and the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, that celebrates the accomplishments of RIT women. The 2017 Women's Career Achievement Dinner will be held on April 24, 2017, in RIT's Clark Gym at 6:00pm.
As comfortable building clients' brands as she is on a basketball court, Sharon is chief architect and business leader of Partners + Napier. At the age of 43, while serving as CEO of an ad agency with three offices, she dreamed of building a nationally recognized shop in Rochester, NY. To pave the way, she decided to go back to school for her Master’s degree. Two years later, along with colleagues she fondly refers to as the “Brave 40” because they put everything on the line to create a great new agency, Sharon led the management buyout of the aforementioned agency, establishing Partners + Napier in 2004. Today, the fully integrated shop employs 125 people, with headquarters in Rochester, and offices in New York City and San Francisco. Among Sharon’s many titles: founder, CEO, wife, mom, dog-lover, fitness fanatic, and proud, pasta-loving Italian-American. With 30+ years of agency and brand-building experience, it's no wonder Advertising Age has recognized her as one of the most influential women in the industry. Nor is it surprising that she's told her story numerous times in the New York Times' Corner Office and is a regular on the speaker's circuit, inspiring audiences at Advertising Week, 4A's Transformation, Ad Ag'’s Small Agency Conference and more. Sharon also serves on Project Worldwide's Global Strategic Leadership Team, helping steer the "un-holding company" as it continues to make waves and headlines.