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Sharon Horowitz, Founder & Managing Partner

Focus:  Advisor to CEOs & CIOs in Institutional and Private Wealth Management; Succession Planning; Leadership Transitions for Analytical Experts. 

Sharon Horowitz, PhD, CenterNorth

Sharon Horowitz, PhD, is a business psychologist who works with both founder/owner firms and public companies. She has been a change management consultant and trusted advisor to CEOs, CIOs,PM’s, Managing Directors, and their global teams for more than 20 years.

Combining a background in workplace psychology with her extensive business development experience, Sharon is an expert on how human interactions drive business revenue, specifically within the highly competitive cultures of wall-street and technology. In addition to thought leadership at the C-suite level, she designs strategic collaborative initiatives within matrixed organizations, increasing team productivity and business impact. 

Based on her own international experience, Sharon has a passion for cultural competency and adaptation. At UBS, she was the U.S. coordinator for their international mobility program. She coaches senior executives on leading cross-cultural and virtual teams and developing “cultural intelligence,” specifically for companies seeking to expand their global market share.

With expertise in gender psychology, Sharon is a frequent international speaker and facilitator for women’s forums and workshops, speaking most recently at the Harvard Club of NYC, Gartner, Nomuro-India and Syntel. She is co-producer of a series at the Harvard Club called “Women and Power: How to get, How to keep it and How to Enjoy it.”

Sharon is a clinical instructor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She was an associate faculty member at the Tavistock Consultation Service in London, England, where she focused on the psychological, social, and economic factors that influence organizational behavior. She is a contributing author to the books, Working Beneath the Surface, The Emotional Life of Contemporary Organizations, And, Social Defense Against Anxiety edited by the Tavistock Consultancy Service and based on her work in the financial services sector. Her other recent speaking engagements include: “Stuck on Right"-Succession Planning within an Asset Management Firm, “The Transition from CIO to CEO” on Gartner’s Executive insights program, “The Human Side of Succession Planning” at the New York State Society of CPAs, “Crisis Management” at the Forbes Family Business Forum, and “Talent Retention and Effective Leadership Practices For Technical Experts” at the Technology Business Council.

Sharon served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia Business School. Earlier in her career, she was a research fellow in the Department of Neurology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and did her doctoral fellowship at Payne Whitney, New York Presbyterian Hospital.

A partial client list includes Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, E*Trade Financial, Citigroup, Bank of America, Mastercard, Gartner, Gryphon Investigations, Thomson Reuters, Headstrong, Syntel, Citco Technology, The Publicis Group, The InterPublic Group, ESP Technology, Gerson Lehrman Group, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, as well as family-owned and privately held businesses.