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Sharon Delaney McCloud        

Emmy Award-Winning Journalist; Breast Cancer Survivor; Certified Diversity Executive & Resilience Expert

Sharon Delaney McCloud is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, TEDx Speaker, Certified Diversity Executive CDE®, adjunct professor, agency owner, cancer slayer and communications expert whose goal is to help people make impact in business and life by embracing the power of communication. As you’ll hear her say often, words matter.

By sharing how storytelling in business can move hearts and minds, McCloud imparts expert insights to leaders and their teams so they can drive business results. Audiences worldwide describe her programs as “deeply relevant, moving and actionable.”

McCloud is a fierce advocate for women in business and develops programs designed to elevate their career trajectory. Featured in Thrive Global, Enterprising Women, Sheryl Sandburg’s Option B platform and co-author of Keep Going, Memoirs of Strength, Courage & Perseverance, McCloud shows people how they can inspire, influence and ignite change. Her diverse client list includes Cisco, Lenovo, Eaton, 7-Eleven, Duke University, UNC Health, Florida State University, SAS, Biogen, Merz and many more.

Prior to launching her 3-time honored INC 5000 company, McCloud spent 20 years as an Emmy award-winning television journalist covering everything from NASA to politics to the Super Bowl at stations across the country.

Speech Topics

Leveraging Levity in Leadership: A Recipe for Retention and Team Success

Face it, you've got to retain your top talent and recruit the next rock stars for your team. But now, more than ever before, you have to create an environment where people are motivated and empowered to deliver their very best work while building trusted relationships at the same time. Not an easy task.
During this high-energy presentation, corporate communications pro Sharon Delaney McCloud shows you why and how you need to leverage levity and proven retention strategies in your leadership toolbox today. LEARN:

  • How levity can change the dynamic of your team

  • Actionable ways to reduce stress and build bonds by using proven levity lessons & techniques

  • Ways to make your team feel like they belong to your organization

Having a Voice, Not Merely a Seat at the Table: Powerful Strategies to Amplify Your Impact

In group settings, men are 75% more likely to speak up than women. And when a woman does speak up, it's statistically probable that her male counterparts will either interrupt her or speak over her. What does this mean? It means, even in the professional world today, if you're not ready to fight to be heard through ally-building strategies, your potential could be silenced. In this engaging, actionable session, Sharon will share strategies and tactics to amplify your voice figuratively (and literally) and hone your message to make certain that your voice is heard - so that you truly have a voice, and not just a seat, at the table.

  • Ways to amplify your voice, both figuratively and literally
  • Message development tactics to strengthen your communication
  • Understanding how body language and vocal delivery affect your overall communication

Build Your Executive Presence & Personal Brand

Did you know that executive presence skills rank 2nd in the top 20 leadership traits that make a difference in your career? Now, more than ever, present and future leaders must display C-suite readiness to deliver business results. To do this, you must amplify your influence, thought leadership and business acumen in order to lead transformational breakthroughs. This ability to align your mindshare while commanding a room, in person or virtually, is the DNA of executive presence. In this high-energy program, corporate communications professional Sharon Delaney McCloud teaches the three key elements to build your executive presence so you can make an impact on your professional and personal life. Learn:

  • The three, key elements to build your executive presence
  • The core principles to clear, concise communication
  • How to manage your interpersonal style to enhance your leadership presence

Turn Your Battle Scars into Badges of Honor: Activating Resilience & Perseverance

In these challenging times when our physical, mental and social well-being are tested continuously, it's crucial that we build a culture of resilience. In this compelling narrative, Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Sharon Delaney McCloud presents an inspirational and actionable playbook that audiences can begin using right away in their professional and personal lives. Sharon co-authored a book based on this keynote, Keep Going, Memoirs of Strength, Courage & Perseverance. Learn Sharon's:

  • The Community Resilience Model and how to incorporate it into your life.
  • A deeper understanding of how to use grit and gratitude to overcome negative circumstances.
  • A different way to approach integrating your professional and personal responsibilities that align with who you are.


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