I don't ask for the sights in front of me to change, only the depth of my seeing. - Mary Oliver
What does Women's History Month mean to you?
It is the pause needed in our world to acknowledge the contributions women have made in our world. These women have paved the way for good work that continues to be done in the present and in our future. It amplifies the beautiful power of women to be change makers. It highlights their strength, dignity, perseverance, integrity and compassion to make such changes in our world. All that a woman is, shines during the month of March.
Imagine a world where human connection is the essence of existence and growth; where people connect to themselves and others without any preconceived notion; and where positive human experience is the top priority. That's a vision that has been driving me to action for as long as I remember.
Guided by my love for humanity and the work ethic my parents taught me, I've had the urge to be a change agent as long as I can remember. And so, I went on to become one. While spending nearly two-decades as a clinician and supervisor in the counseling industry and having worked with hundreds of individuals, groups, and professionals, I saw the hardships businesses faced regarding team alignment and leadership development. Something was missing. It was connection. Connection to self and others in the work environment was holding teams and leaders back. I knew disconnection very well, often disappearing into my work.
Fueled by achieving, I accomplished everything I set out to do. However, I recognized that down this path towards success; I was not present. I was not connected. I was going through the motions, but not truly living. This realization stopped me in my tracks, and for the first time in a long time, I made myself completely vulnerable.
I opened my heart and listened. Not just to my heart, but the heart of so many others. I put my years of understanding of human behavior and psychology into practice and decided to help create better organizations, teams, and leaders. That's how "9Paths" was born.
It was a huge step. And the journey, although challenging, has been equally rewarding.
More than eight years later, 9Paths continues to create a sense of balance within organizations using genuine human connection and fostering an inclusive environment.
Our clients are entrepreneurs, small business owners, and Fortune 500 companies alike. I am amazed to see 'human connection' bringing a radical change. It's the very same connection to myself and others through the transformative power of knowing yourself that influences effective leaders, teams, and individuals. 9Paths is a reflection of this power of transformation.
As a generation living in one of the toughest times in world history, we can't, and we shouldn't ignore the importance of positive holistic health, mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. And I couldn't feel happier to be a part of a present that's keen on building organizations, teams, and individuals who aren't just willing to survive but to live and excel. For that's what real human experience is all about.
Want to learn more about Sharon's work?
Check out the 9Paths website!