Presentation 5

Topic: Effective Leadership skills for women in Executive Roles

Sharon Christopher is the founder and CEO of Sharon Christopher and Associates, an organisation that has as its Mission “helping people live their best lives.” Ms. Christopher is a Leadership Development Coach , Motivational Speaker and an Attorney-at-Law.

For many years she was the only woman in an Executive team which successfully led the merger, of three indigenous banks, during a severe economic downturn, turning the merged Institution( First Citizens Bank) into a financial powerhouse with operations in five jurisdictions in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Ms. Christopher has a particular interest in developing people ( particularly women) for leadership roles. She believes that a person  cannot effectively lead others unless she first learns to lead herself.  Her clients include women and men in various sectors within the Caribbean and North America.

Ms Christopher is a Director on, and Treasurer of , the International Board of the International Women’s Forum., a global organisation of women leaders. She is the first person outside of North America to hold this position in the organisation’s 45 year history.

Ms Christopher is also the  Chair of the UWI, St. Augustine Campus Council. This Campus Council is the governing body of the St Augustine Campus of the UWI. She is the first woman to hold this position.

In addition she has held and continues to hold Directorships on numerous other Boards, of both local and regional companies and of charitable organizations. She also has significant Corporate Secretarial experience, having been a Corporate Secretary for almost three decades. She holds the Designation of Accredited Director.

She has delivered several presentations at local , regional and international conferences.

Ms. Christopher is the holder of a Bachelor of Laws Degree (Upper Second Class Honours) from the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies and a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School from which she graduated as the Most Outstanding Student. She also holds a Master of Laws Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  She has been certified to be a facilitator/coach by Leadership Management International.