Sharon Hake is the President & CEO of Great Dames, Inc. – a social enterprise that provides services and opportunities for women and men to enhance their personal and professional leadership abilities while creating a legacy. The Great Dames® “Inspired Leadership” process helps strong and accomplished individuals activate their strengths through a pragmatic and integrated approach incorporating personal leadership branding, co-mentoring and board participation and public service.
Sharon launched Great Dames as a way of connecting and mobilizing kindred spirits with purpose. She has enjoyed a lifetime of inspiration from remarkable men and women, including her father who taught
her the value of creating a legacy and provided the inspiration for her company.
Prior to launching the company with her daughter, Heather Cassey, Sharon had a very successful career as a global marketing and strategy leader at DuPont, during which she learned from her global colleagues, travelled extensively and lived abroad. Sharon had a chance to spread her wings in
corporate life, holding positions in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, finance, marketing, corporate social responsibility and public affairs during her career.
Sharon led global teams that focused on defining the competitive landscape, market needs, and offering gaps around areas of focus for several different businesses. Her growth recommendations integrated market insights into customer needs, channels, brands, technology and strategic relationships. She also explored opportunistic market opportunities by developing and launching new offerings that create value for customers while responding to their needs for improving business performance while reducing risks.
She holds an MBA in finance and marketing from the Fox School of Business at Temple University and a BS degree from Penn State. Sharon is married to Glenn Hake and is inspired every day by her two daughters, Heather and Deirdre.