Sharon Podobnik

Member Spotlight

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I'm Sharon, a career educator who recently switched gears to focus on creating more dialogue around personal growth and self-care.

How would you define your professional mission?

My personal and professional mission are the same: To empower people to create their personal best lives, full of love, success, and choice.

I'm currently doing this through my new business, Go Love Yourself, which reminds women to prioritize their own personal development and well-being. We work with women-owned small-businesses and help them to grow their businesses and clientele base.

What are some career challenges on your radar?

As I launch a business, there are nothing but challenges on my radar - and I mean this in a welcoming, I'm-ready-for-you! kind of way. There's nothing easy about establishing a company, a brand, a presence, and making sure that what you're doing fulfills a need and makes the world a better place!

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

I was in education for 8 years and was totally burned out. During my honeymoon, I pledged to not bring that level of stress and anxiety into my marriage. I quit two weeks later to focus on self-care and help others do the same!

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

No matter what job I've ever had, it's always focused on helping other people to be their best selves - either in education or now as a part of my book clubs, it's rewarding to know that I'm always helping to empower someone else to live their best life.

What is your morning ritual?

I swear by my mornings. Each morning, I get up at 6 am to work out. I spend 30-45 minutes in the gym, come upstairs, make breakfast and sit for breakfast with my husband. It is the calm start to the morning I need. I then spend 30 minutes reading - either The Skimm, the book I'm in, or I have Google Alerts set up to send me the information I am most interested in. I then set my three non-negotiable tasks for the day, and get to it!

What would you say your personal superpower is?

Synthesis and puzzle/problem solving! I've always been incredibly good at taking a look at the overall big picture and synthesizing it down into the simplest parts, or taking a look at a huge number of constraints and figuring out a solution. That means that in my free time I also really love Sudoku and doing LSAT puzzles!

What does success look like to you?

Success looks like choices. You can choose where to spend your time and energy to match your values.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Apply to three new things a year — a mentorship, a fellowship, and a network. Always grow!

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

I joined Ellevate so that I can meet incredible women and learn from so many wonderful women who are paving the way.

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