Sharon Saffold began her career as a Public Speaker more than a decade ago with just one story to tell, the story of beating the odds. One of eight children, her early life challenges include being a victim of molestation, rape, abuse, kidnap, and ultimately becoming a fosterchild. She has since broadened her message to include her success in climbing the corporate ladder and her ability to make the impossible possible. In her keynote seminars and workshops, Sharon relies on real-life experiences and simple proven techniques to assist her in training her audience to rediscover their passions and reach their fullest potential.
Sharon has truly become an example of someone who has not let her past affect her future. As coauthor of the new book Cake and Combat Boots...Able Giant, “Rise to Live your Giant Life” and Cake and Combat Boots “Inspiring Women to Rise'' and the creator of powerful and life-transforming DVDs and CDs, Sharon encourages countless others to think outside of the box. She travels extensively, keeping a busy schedule, while motivating thousands to take charge of their lives with her "If I can do it, you can do it" style of delivery.
Sharon has been interviewed by New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning author Nicholas Kristoff, was a primary figure, along with former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, on an episode of “PBSNow” with Maria Hinojosa, which aired nationally, has been a guest on a local television program called “The Circle,” with Host Layli Phillips Maparyan, Ph.D. and has appeared with the noted Motivational Speaker Les Brown.
Sharon has delivered her captivating speeches to numerous organizations, including: The Department of Justice (for Nation Victims Rights Week); The National Labor Relations Board, the federal government’s Blacks in Government annual conference, where she has been a regular favorite; Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; The Women’s Funding Network; Delta Sigma Theta; and the Eastern Stars area chapter. She has also been a Guest Speaker at Clayton State University.
Sharon has been given the Key to the City in Knoxville, Tennessee. She has traveled to Ghana, Africa, with the African Women’s Development Fund to support and celebrate the plight and triumphs of African women. For more than 3 years, Sharon has been a Community Liaison and Spokesperson for “A Future. Not a Past.” a national nonprofit organization that advocates to stop the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Sharon has given encouraging and entertaining presentations to numerous audiences both nationally and internationally providing keynotes and workshops to church groups, schools, youth groups, and audiences of all types.