former Senior Vice President Oracle Corp
business strategist, board leader, social entrepreneur
Shari spent the early years of her career at Oracle where she rose from an entry-level sales position to a Senior Vice President, with global responsibilities spanning sales, marketing, partnerships, and services. At the height of her career, Shari’s sister was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. This was soon followed by the death of both of Shari’s parents. The combination of these significant events caused Shari to pause, and think deeply about what mattered most to her. In 2006 she chose to leave Oracle to spend more time on the care of her sister (who passed away in 2007), niece, and her two children, and to launch a new phase of her career. Over the next decade, Shari took on strategic and meaningful roles -- serving on boards of public, nonprofit, & educational entities. In each of these positions, Shari found herself coaching executives and ‘rising stars’ as they struggled with managing the complexity of their lives. Through this process, she began to see there was a great need to elevate the conversation about how we both teach and support one another to get clear about what matters and how this insight can impact our collective and individual sense of well-being.
coach, author and educator
program developer at Do Something, City Year, AmeriCorps, Points of Light, Saint Mary’s College
In her 20’s, Maura became fascinated with how people make decisions, shift habits and support each other to reach goals. Burnt-out from the sixty plus hour workweeks, at 27 she left a non-profit Executive Directorship, knowing she needed less stress in her life. She set out to write a book, based upon a year-long journey, interviewing women about their choices. After the book was completed, she continued her work as a social entrepreneur and consultant as she worked with dozens of nonprofits and colleges to design programs to help people expand their capacities both in their work and their life. Becoming a coach, and a teacher at Saint Mary’s College of California, she began to wonder how she could bring the practices of coaching and learning to more people. In 2014, she authored What Matters Most: Everyday Leadership at Home, at Work and in the World, a book that brings the complexities of managing work and care to life and links people to resources that can support the process.
In 2016, Shari and Maura brought together their unique set of experiences and skills -- and Next Move was born.