Board Member Profile: Shari Stauch

Thanks to Post & Courier's photographer, Wade Spees, we get a glimpse of Stauch smiling large here in her element.

CEO of Shark Marketing Co., Shari Stauch, has been a member of the Center for Women for six years. Her inspiration to join came from director, Jennet Alterman, who arranged a signing for Stauch’s book, You Can Do It. The book – a Mentor on How to Beat the Boys at Pool – triggered the Center for Women’s You Can Do It! Series. Stauch stands as the Treasurer of Strategic Planning & Finance on the Executive Committee of the organization.

Stauch has utilized the Center for Women’s resources, attending multiple social events – from purse auctions to meet and greets to the annual Women in Business Conference to shopping – and making a close network of friends.

When she’s not busy with her rapid career as an author, editor, marketing and PR professional, she enjoys reading, watching movies, spending time with her family and friends and of course – playing POOL! Stauch grew up in a billiard club and went on to play pro pool and become a member of clubs considered the, “last bastions of male dominance.” Her father taught her at an early age that, “people do what they want to do;” she used this to gain momentum and realized that she was the only person who was ever going to stop her.

She has two children – a straight A student at Duke and a grad student at the Citadel – who she is, understandably so, quite proud of.

What kind of message does successful Shari “the Shark” Stauch want to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?

“Know the difference between taking yourself seriously and taking the project/job/position/career challenge seriously. Always take the project seriously – but lighten up on yourself and have fun! I notice that many women tend to take both praise and criticism very personally, and putting all that on themselves can put them in “defense” mode, rather than the offensive to get out and there and make things happen. Men can duke it out at the board table, then smack each other on the backs and head to the basketball courts or the golf course, because the emphasis in their arguments is on the project. Women can harbor – because they put the emphasis on themselves and their feelings… Ironic, because women have so many advantages in their intuition and reasoning – when we keep things in their proper perspective we tend to be outrageously successful! And if you’re not having fun, do something else, because it’ll show…”


3 Responses to “Board Member Profile: Shari Stauch”

  1. Shari Stauch Says:

    Awww… thanks, guys!

  2. Michelle Says:

    That is the most inspiring thing I have heard yet. I think you just made my mind up for me to go back to school for Medical Office Assistant. Love u and miss you guys much. Aiden is a handful.

  3. Shark Marketing Co. » Blog Archive » Fun Blog Post from Center for Women Says:

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