Sharon Dauk
Sharon Dauk, Executive Coach

Background and Affiliations

Bio

Sharon Dauk brings over 20 years of diverse professional experience as an investor, board member, financial advisor and business executive to her work as an Executive Coach and Business Mentor to highly successful  senior executives, emerging leaders and entrepreneurs.  She combines well developed business acumen with sophisticated coaching and mentoring skills to help her clients identify goals and develop strategies to achieve them.   Sharon’s differentiated approach includes gaining a deep understanding of the client’s business to gain added perspective important to providing objective and relevant feedback.

Prior to establishing her coaching business, her primary focus was on investing in early stage companies in a variety of industries through her investment company, Dauk/Wagner Investments, LLC.  As part of these investments, Sharon often became a member of the board of directors or advisory board, and has also assumed interim senior management responsibilities including that of CEO and CFO in select cases.  This experience affords her a unique perspective on all stages of business development and management challenges faced by business owners and executives.

Prior to founding Dauk/Wagner Investments, Sharon held positions in the Corporate Finance Departments of both Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and real estate investing and development.  Her experience of working with large clients on complex financial and corporate control issues provides a balance to her 15 years of involvement with early stage company investing, managing and mentoring.  This background gives Sharon great insight into the opportunities and challenges of business leaders of large and small companies in many industries; and understanding the personnel dynamics within such a wide range of organizations is invaluable to Sharon’s work with senior executives and their teams.

Sharon is affiliated with Merryck and Co., the preeminent global mentoring company. She continues to be an advisor to several early stage companies, is a Member of the Advisory Council of the Entrepreneurship@Cornell Program, which is an innovative, university-wide program focused on fostering entrepreneurial activities through both academic courses and practical experience, and is often a guest lecturer at the Dyson School at Cornell University.  She is a long-term Trustee of Student Agencies Foundation and a Board Member of Student Agencies, Inc., an organization dedicated to providing Cornell students the opportunity to start and manage businesses targeted at the college market.   

Experience

Sharon’s clients are highly successful entrepreneurs and senior executives and their teams in a wide variety of industries whose companies range from early stage to fortune 100.  She has worked with executives in consumer products; finance including asset management, private equity and investment banking; retail; management consulting, marketing, advertising, technology, professional services including executive search; education; and non-profit foundations.  In her coaching engagements, she has helped her clients navigate critical junctures in business development, achieve personal and professional transitions and improve management and leadership skill for both leaders and their teams.

The following represents a list of past and present clients:

  • Ambac Financial Group
  • Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Bain & Company, Inc.
  • Bloomberg L. P.
  • Capstone Partnership – privately held executive search firm
  • Columbia University – Executive Management Program
  • f’Real Foods, LLC – privately held consumer product company
  • Gap, Inc.
  • General Reinsurance Corporation
  • HBO, Inc.
  • Libra Advisors
  • Marakon Consulting
  • RHI Entertainment
  • RenaissanceRe Services, Ltd.
  • PwC

Credentials

Sharon holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BS from the University of Southern California and has completed Columbia University’s Coaching Certification Program (“3CP”), a strategic partnership between the Columbia Business School and the Executive Education Department where she earned the distinction of Level II Certified Coach, the highest offered by the program.  She has recently been named the Chair of the Program’s Alumni Association and is a facilitator for 3CP sponsored workshops developed and delivered for New York City’s Department of Education.

To enhance her effectiveness, Sharon utilizes a number of assessments and tools to assist clients in gaining clarity around strengths and potential blind spots.  She is a qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator™ (MBTI™); is an Independent Certified Trainer in the SpeedReading People System; is certified to administer the Suite of WholeBrain Creativity Assessments (NBI™); is a certified practitioner of the HOGAN suite of leadership tools, and is trained in the use of various Emotional Intelligence instruments.

Interests

Sharon has been a competitive Triathlete since 1981, completing over 100 races both nationally and internationally.  This gives her a deep understanding of what it takes to set goals, develop training plans, monitor progress toward those goals and achieve success; a process that requires both physical and mental discipline that helps her to assist her clients in dealing with the intensely competitive environment facing most businesses today.

Until recently, she was also an avid equestrian, achieving the top amateur level of competitive show jumping; a sport that involves a unique relationship between two athletes, the horse and the rider.  Now a pleasure rider, Sharon believes this ability to understand the connection between horse and rider enhances her work with executives in ways that are beyond standard leadership and management development.

Sharon also enjoys most other outdoor activities including snow and water skiing, scuba diving and long distance cycling.  She is a passionate cook and lives in Connecticut with her husband and business partner and their two lovable Labradors.