Inspirational Women: Sharon Williams
Each week, SHESAID features an inspiring woman who has been kind enough to share her story with our readers. She might be a leader in her chosen field, someone still on their own path striving to make a difference or simply someone with a remarkable story to tell. These women contribute their own knowledge, expertise and life lessons in order to truly inspire others.
Name and role:
Sharon Williams, CEO of Taurus Marketing
What do you do on a day-to-day basis?
I am founder and CEO of Taurus, an integrated marketing agency based in Sydney that enjoys a niche of servicing tech and entrepreneur clients. So day-to-day, I swim and run at the beach most mornings, get in to the office and then attend sales meetings most of the day, checking in with my COO and the team as I go. I have a lot of fun getting out and about and love my job.
How/when did you know this what you wanted to do as a career?
I guess the light bulb moment for me was when I was told there was no future for me when I got pregnant with my first child and I turned this doubt into a source of inspiration and realised that it was a great opportunity to take the bull by the horns and to start my own company.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find I’m constantly surrounded by inspiration whether it is my three children, my in-laws, my sister Lisa who died of cancer, my wonderful team – and the beach!
Did you have a mentor? Who/what helped you to get your career off the ground?
Yes, I have an informal chairman who acts as a mentor and I have been fortunate to be a member of various networking and mentoring groups from local gatherings to AICD and The CEO Institute where I chaired a syndicate for 3 years. Being surrounded by business savvy and liked-minded individuals provides an excellent network of support and mentorship.
What were the stumbling blocks, initially getting started on your career path, and since then?
Juggling babies without family around, husband being away on business with small children, whether to hire that first hire, take on office, take on loans for growth – all things to weather but maybe not stumbling blocks.
How did you overcome these?
I guess with tenacity, focus, hard work, biting the bullet, you just have to back yourself and go out there and do it.
What are your goals for the future?
More beach! I love my job but I have other interests, for example, I am an Ambassador for children’s charity Good Beginnings and have just taken on the Australian representative role of Advance.org which is a global network of over 2 million Australians here and overseas. Always lots to do! I guess it’s all about finding the ying-yang balance between work and play.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow the same path as you?
Hire the best you can and let go of staff quickly if they are not right, find mentors around you to guide you who have done it before and get work balance right from the start.