Hello

I’m Sinead Sharkey-Steenson, I’m a career coach and career strategist who loves seeing women succeed.  I founded Generation Women at the end of 2015 because I wanted to help women get to the top of the business world. I finally saw (more about that later) that the world isn’t really set up to support women and their careers, and thought I can do something about that!  Since then I’ve worked with over 3,000 women to help them achieve their career ambitions.

I left a successful corporate career in 2016 because I knew that I could do more to support others in my own business. It was a scary move, and I was almost paralysed by Imposter Voices, but I made it and now know it’s the best move I’ve ever made.

Careers can be challenging, and I know better than most. My path hasn’t been smooth and has had plenty of dark moments. From not knowing where I was going, to finding myself in the wrong career and not knowing how to get out of it. There have been many tears shed, but thankfully I took the time to work out what I needed to build a career I love…and love helping others get to the same point.

Hello

About Sinead Sharkey-Steenson

I’m Sinead Sharkey Steenson, I couldn’t give up Sharkey, so I compromised for my children.  I founded Generation Women at the end of 2015 because I wanted to help women get to the top of the business world. I finally saw (more about that later) that the world isn’t really set up to support women and their careers, and thought I can do something about that!  Since then I’ve worked with over 3,000 women to help them achieve their career ambitions.

I left a successful corporate career in 2016 because I knew that I could do more to support others in my own business. It was a scary move, and I was almost paralysed by Imposter Voices, but I made it and now know it’s the best move I’ve ever made.

Careers can be challenging, and I know better than most. My path hasn’t been smooth and has had plenty of dark moments. From not knowing where I was going, to finding myself in the wrong career and not knowing how to get out of it. There have been many tears shed, but thankfully I took the time to work out what I needed to build a career I love…and love helping others get to the same point.

Who do I think I am to be doing this?

Who do I think I am to be doing this?

When I started the business, I asked myself that question many times, and I don’t blame you if you’re asking.  Firstly, I’ve lived a lot of what you’re no doubt experiencing. My confidence has taken knocks, I’ve felt stuck, under-valued, unrecognised, like I’d love to be seen and heard!  It was feeling this way that lead me on a path of career and self development. It was at my lowest moment, when I found I was crying into my wine every Friday and Saturday night that I knew I had to make a change. I had to start living to my potential and find a way to get there.

I started by reading what felt like every book out there, and I really applied a lot of what I learned, but it wasn’t enough. It was too slow!  Then I started to look for training that would help. I had a good basis with having a degree in Psychology, and wanted to build on it. I got training in presenting and leadership, and that built my confidence quite a bit. I knew that I had to make a change at work though, I couldn’t be a square peg in a found hole any more!  I formulated a plan of where I could really add value in the business doing what I knew I would love, and marched into my director’s office. I knew I could turn around the massive employee engagement problem we had, and that’s what I told him. As he was at a loss for other solutions, he said go for it. And I did!

Next I looked at training in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), and became an NLP Business Master Practitioner.  And it was through this I discovered coaching. I went on to do multiple coaching courses (and brought it into the corporate I was working in), and have since become an International Coaching Federation accredited coach. Coaching was the key to unlocking it all. It helped me activate the learning, and even more exciting, it helped me do that for others. It was then I saw massive changes in myself and the people I worked with.

I started training others in the company on all of this; from leadership, to coaching, influencing, communication and so much more. It was really having an impact. The business changed. People changed. The leadership changed. And I loved every minute of it!  I loved seeing people happier in their work. Helping them make a difference. Developing a more supportive style that improved everything about the way we worked. I focused my MSc in Human Resource Management on cultural transformation, and the survey results spoke for themselves. The improvement was dramatic!  I also got the promotions I wanted, was recognised at all levels in the organisation, and felt this is where I should be.

When I started the business, I asked myself that question many times, and I don’t blame you if you’re asking.  Firstly, I’ve lived a lot of what you’re no doubt experiencing. My confidence has taken knocks, I’ve felt stuck, under-valued, unrecognised, like I’d love to be seen and heard!  It was feeling this way that lead me on a path of career and self development. It was at my lowest moment, when I found I was crying into my wine every Friday and Saturday night that I knew I had to make a change. I had to start living to my potential and find a way to get there.

I started by reading what felt like every book out there, and I really applied a lot of what I learned, but it wasn’t enough. It was too slow!  Then I started to look for training that would help. I had a good basis with having a degree in Psychology, and wanted to build on it. I got training in presenting and leadership, and that built my confidence quite a bit. I knew that I had to make a change at work though, I couldn’t be a square peg in a found hole any more!  I formulated a plan of where I could really add value in the business doing what I knew I would love, and marched into my director’s office. I knew I could turn around the massive employee engagement problem we had, and that’s what I told him. As he was at a loss for other solutions, he said go for it. And I did!

Next I looked at training in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), and became an NLP Business Master Practitioner.  And it was through this I discovered coaching. I went on to do multiple coaching courses (and brought it into my company), and have since become an International Coaching Federation accredited coach. Coaching was the key to unlocking it all. It helped me activate the learning, and even more exciting, it helped me do that for others. It was then I saw massive changes in myself and others.

I started training others in the company on all of this; from leadership, to coaching, influencing, communication and so much more. It was really having an impact. The business changed. People changed. The leadership changed. And I loved every minute of it!  I loved seeing people happier in their work. Helping them have more impact. Developing a more supportive style that improved everything about the way we worked. I focused my MSc in Human Resource Management on cultural transformation, and the survey results spoke for themselves. The improvement was dramatic!  I also got the promotions I wanted, was recognised at all levels in the organisation, and felt this is where I should be.

Sinead hugging a client

Why did I leave the corporate world?

Now that is an interesting question, I was working in global corporates for almost 20 years!  Ultimately, having children changed everything. I have 2 lovely daughters, and when they came along it meant I started to see the world differently. I started to see recognise the inequality. Children’s books put across a ridiculous stereotype of girls (and mums and dads).  TV and advertising aimed at kids was actually offensive, and I started to get angry about how the world was stacked against women. I was also starting to think about my going back to work and what I wanted from it. I was beginning to feel like I’d achieved all I wanted to, and that I had something bigger I wanted to do and achieve. I wanted to do something that had real meaning for me, and would have impact for others.  Idea for Generation Women started to percolate in my mind, and after speaking about confidence at a Lean In meeting, my mind was set. I could see that if I wanted things to change for women, I was going to have to be part of that change.

I want the world to be an easier place for my girls, and yours, and you!  And it’s not just about women, many of the changes we need for equality are better for all of us.  I work with women, and with the organisations that can help make real change for us all.

What’s really exciting is that now the business is growing, it has become even more important for our family. My husband, Dave, is a crucial part of the business too. Him joining has meant we can grow and help even more women. We’ve been able to develop more online resources. We both get to do what we love and have an impact. And as a family it just works.

Sinead hugging a client

Why I left the corporate world

Now that is an interesting question, I was working in global corporates for almost 20 years!  Ultimately, having children changed everything. I have 2 lovely daughters, and when they came along it meant I started to see the world differently. I started to see recognise the inequality. Children’s books put across a ridiculous stereotype of girls (and mums and dads).  TV and advertising aimed at kids was actually offensive, and I started to get angry about how the world was stacked against women. I was also starting to think about my going back to work and what I wanted from it. I was beginning to feel like I’d achieved all I wanted to, and that I had something bigger I wanted to do and achieve. I wanted to do something that had real meaning for me, and would have impact for others.  Idea for Generation Women started to percolate in my mind, and after speaking about confidence at a Lean In meeting, my mind was set. I could see that if I wanted things to change for women, I was going to have to be part of that change.

I want the world to be an easier place for my girls, and yours, and you!  And it’s not just about women, many of the changes we need for equality are better for all of us.  I work with women, and with the organisations that can help make real change for us all.

What’s really exciting is that now the business is growing, it has become even more important for our family. My husband, Dave, is a crucial part of the business too. Him joining has meant we can grow and help even more women. We’ve been able to develop more online resources. We both get to do what we love and have an impact. And as a family it just works.

THE Official BIO

Sinead Sharkey-Steenson is the Founder and Director of Generation Women and is an experienced Senior Leadership and Development Coach, Facilitator, and Motivational Speaker.  Generation Women is dedicated to facilitating the development of women to achieve greatness in business.  Sinead draws on over 20 years of corporate experience in HR, Leadership Development, Business Improvement, and Cultural Transformation.  She has worked with over 3,000 women and developed and delivered transformational diversity and inclusion programmes for multiple global organisations including; Sensata, Citi, Deloitte, Belfast International Airport, Belfast City Council, and Lean In. She holds a degree in Psychology, MSc in Human Resource Management, MSc in Computing and Information Systems, is an NLP Master Practitioner, and an ICF Certified Coach.

THE Official BIO

Sinead Sharkey-Steenson is the Founder and Director of Generation Women and is an experienced Senior Leadership and Development Coach, Facilitator, and Motivational Speaker.  Generation Women is dedicated to facilitating the development of women to achieve greatness in business.  Sinead draws on over 20 years of corporate experience in HR, Leadership Development, Business Improvement, and Cultural Transformation.  She has worked with over 3,000 women and developed and delivered transformational diversity and inclusion programmes for multiple global organisations including; Sensata, Citi, Deloitte, Belfast International Airport, Belfast City Council, and Lean In. She holds a degree in Psychology, MSc in Human Resource Management, MSc in Computing and Information Systems, is an NLP Master Practitioner, and an ICF Certified Coach.

THE Personal STUFF

Who am I really?  You already know the work stuff, but of course there’s more to any of us. I love being a mum to my two girls, and I also love being a mum that works. A big reason for why I do what I do is them. I want to change the world for them, and I also want to be the best I can be for them (and myself of course!)  You’ve heard a little about Dave already. He’s what makes it all work. He is my best supporter, a great dad, he keeps our home together. We will never change things until the men in the world step up and share the burden, and Dave does that and more for us. He is such a great role model for our girls. And of course there’s Lola!  Our lovely, gentle, and endlessly patient dog!

I come from a large family where my mum, my sister and brothers, my aunts and uncles, and cousins are incredibly important. They all provide so much support and love, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than spending time with family. We love a big reunion, a family trip away, or a weekend hanging out together!  Donegal is where I think of as home, even though I grew up in the north of England.

Outside of family, my loves are my bed, tv, spending time with friends, good food, wine, live music, live comedy, and walking somewhere breathtaking…in that order!  And I love to travel and haven’t done nearly enough, so much of my vision board and day dreaming is made up of plans to visit a LOT more places!

THE Personal STUFF

Who am I?  You already know the work stuff, but of course there’s more to any of us. I love being a mum to my two girls, and I also love being a mum that works. A big reason for why I do what I do is them. I want to change the world for them, and I also want to be the best I can be for them (and myself of course!)  You’ve heard a little about Dave already. He’s what makes it all work. He is my best supporter, a great dad, he keeps our home together. We will never change things until the men in the world step up and share the burden, and Dave does that and more for us. He is such a great role model for our girls. And of course there’s Lola!  Our lovely, gentle, and endlessly patient dog!

I come from a large family where my mum, my sister and brothers, my aunts and uncles, and cousins are incredibly important. They all provide so much support and love, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than spending time with family. We love a big reunion, a family trip away, or a weekend hanging out together!  Donegal is where I think of as home, even though I grew up in the north of England.

Outside of family, my loves are my bed, tv, spending time with friends, good food, wine, live music, live comedy, and walking somewhere breathtaking…in that order!  And I love to travel and haven’t done nearly enough, so much of my vision board and day dreaming is made up of plans to visit a LOT more places!

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