Sharon Kelly Hake
Kennett Square, Pa.
President & CEO, Great Dames Inc.
Hake describes Great Dames as “a community of women who believe in their individual and collective power to create change.” “Our goal is to bring out the great dame in every woman by providing opportunities and professional services that enable them to become inspired leaders,” she says. The strategy includes personal leadership branding, mentoring, community service and advocacy. Hake founded the company in 2009 after 28 years as a marketing director at DuPont. She runs it with her daughter, Heather Cassey. Having earned plaudits from women around the world, they hope to create Great Dames chapters beyond Delaware. “Women need to find their voice,” Hake says. “Women have the brains, the talent and the experience. Now we need the audacity.”
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