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Sharan’s entrepreneurial background ranges from fitness, to education, to the dental field. Her altruistic enthusiasm to give back and to give first without asking for anything in return, has dubbed her the Pay It Forward Relationship Networker.
Returning to college as a single mom at the age of 37, her motivation was to be a role model for her children. Sharan returned to college in 1999 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northeastern Illinois University. She continued her education at Illinois Benedictine University pursuing a Masters in Exercise Physiology – Cardiac Rehab. She put her education to work by starting, “The Fitness Tutors”, an in home personal training business that catered to the Orthodox Jewish community in Chicago.
Sharan started networking throughout Chicagoland and developed her own unique style of networking which is currently in the trademark process as “Boomerang Networking”. It was through her passion of giving that her current businesses, The Professional Networker, Inc. and Sharan Tash were developed.
Sharan serves on the Board of Directors for NAWBO-Chicago and is Chair for the Corporate Retention Committee. She has received the NAWBO National Rookie of the Year Award and NAWBO-Chicago honored her with the MVP award for the Chapter – The President’s Award. She served on the Board of Directors for the Buffalo Grove Chamber of Commerce and earned the Member of the Year Award. Currently she is an Ambassador for the Chicagoland Chamber and is a speaker for the WBDC in Chicago. In 2007 she earned her membership to NSA (National Speakers Association) and will be serving as Membership Chair for the NSA-IL Chapter. Her love and respect for children is evident as a Big Sister in the Big Brother/Big Sister program of Lake County, Buddy Baseball volunteer through Keshet, and Saferides Adult chaperone through New Trier High School.
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“Sharan’s enthusiasm for the topic and common sense approach was invaluable in helping these managers gain the skills they need and experience some real-life examples of how networking can benefit our company and their pizzerias. She brought a passion to the training that was contagious, and now a number of our managers have jumped on the networking band wagon!”
– Mindy Kaplan, Director of Marketing, Malnati Organization, Inc.
“Sharan Tash combines energy with a strong knowledge base in networking. She recently brought new life to our learning audience with down-to-earth advice and tools to facilitate presenting, listening and sharing. Her passion for her work is contagious and she inspired my colleagues to network more effectively.”
– Sharon and Steve Weinstein, Royal Diamond Wellness Consultants
“Participants did not want her program to end as Sharan held their attention from start to finish. In just two hours, people acquired the tools to take their networking to a whole new level and to have a positive impact on their business success. It was great the way Sharan interwove real life anecdotes throughout her presentation. We cannot wait to have Sharan back again for those clients who could not make it that evening.”
– Sara Shifrin, Director of Entrepreneurial Training for the Women’s Business Development Center
“Sharan proved that networking activity leads to sales. We are a growing Divisional Office …. Sales are up 14% since Sharan brought her inspiration and implementation that equals results!”
– Rebecca Bloomfield, Affordable Health Insurance
“Sharan’s passion for connecting is not only evidenced in her speaking, but she Pays It Forward daily. She walks into an event and opens her database of referrals – helping everyone without thought of her receiving anything in return. She truly walks her talk.”
– Mikki Williams, CSP, Mikki Williams Unltd., Keynote Speaker/Coach