Dr. Sharon H. Porter is simply a servant leader. Everything I set my hand to do is in service to others. I chose the educational profession to help and assist future generations.
I am someone who believes in setting and reaching goals. Goal setting is the one thing that drives me daily. I have daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly goals that I am constantly assessing and adjusting. My routine is to act, assess, and adjust.
I am a wife, daughter, a sister, an aunt, cousin, bonus-mom, and pet mom. I embrace each and one of those roles.
I am a proud North Carolina Girl living in a Maryland World.
I am a Believer and a Faith Walker born and raised in the Church and continue to rely on my spiritual teachings.
Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer, entrepreneur, and publisher?
It honestly began with network marketing. I am an author, entrepreneur, and publisher, all because of my participation in multi-level marketing (MLM) companies. In 2013, I attended a Women Empowerment Conference in Washington DC as a vendor for the MLM I am a part of. I was in awe at the influence and power. I witnessed all the women who were in attendance. Attendees, as well as speakers and presenters, made an incredible impact and impression on me. I decided in the middle of the conference that I would be sure to return to the same conference the following year, but I made a vow that I would return as a business owner. This was, my first experience being surrounded by so many powerful women at once.
I was invited to contribute to a book collaboration about MLMs sharing my experience in network marketing. Once the book was published, I knew I wanted to continue writing and publishing. After contributing, and then writing and compiling several publications, I began publishing for other aspiring authors. Perfect Time SHP LLC, Coaching and Consulting became, Perfect Time SHP Coaching, Consulting, and Book Publishing Firm.
I help women through my volunteer work in my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Our organization provides an array of public service initiatives through our Five-Point Programmatic Thrust of Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement.
I am also the founder of the Young Women Who L.E.A.D. (Learn, Excel, Achieve, Dare to be great) Mentoring Group, which is an expansion of my book collaboration series, Women Who Lead. I mentor elementary and middle school girls by assisting them in financial literacy, self-esteem, goal-setting, and personal development.
I also help women who are aspiring educators and educational leaders as a Johns Hopkins School of Education Alumni Mentor and Winston-Salem State University Return to Serve Alumni. I am available for undergraduate and graduate students who are education majors and are furthering their education to become school administrators.
Did you experience any challenges or adversities in your life that play a role in how you help others today?
My only real challenge in my life I feel is that I don’t think I honestly believed that I could do or be anything I wanted to as a young person. I remember hearing it, but I don’t ever remember dreaming big. Because of this experience, I created the Women Who Lead book series, specifically to assist in helping young girls see that women are truly in every field or industry. In this book series, I feature women who have made extraordinary achievements in their lives as well as their careers. Those who are featured are required to share the challenges, obstacles, and barriers faced. It is important for me that younger women know that it is doable, but it doesn’t necessarily come without challenges.
Tell us about your new business venture and products?
I have co-founded a new lifestyle (print and digital) magazine, Vision and Purpose (V&P) that will be launching March 2020. Publishing a magazine has been something that desired for a few years now. My business partner, Karen McConnell-Jones, is excited about this new venture.
Giving account to your life’s journey, what would you say makes you a Phenomenal woman?
I am Phenomenal Woman simply because I honestly believe that we were put on this earth to be of service to others. I live by Zig Ziglar’s quote ” You will get all you want in life if you help enough people get what they want.”
As women in leadership, what would you say to a woman who is ready to give up on her dreams or business
My motto is “Keep Grinding”. Perseverance and Consistency have been the key to my achievements and accomplishments. Success is relative, so I rarely say “my success”.
A woman who is “doing IT afraid…Whatever IT is….”
How can women connect with you?
@Iamdrsharon across all social media platforms. My website: sharonhporter.com