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2023 C-SUITE Honoree Robin Sharp

President and CEO Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern CT Size of organization: $7M budget, 80 employees Education: Bachelor’s degree, psychology, Brandeis University Click here to return to the honoree page
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Winner Category | CEO, Medium Nonprofit, 76-199 Employees

Robin Sharp is the CEO of Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern CT. With over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Sharp is a leader who is passionate about health equity and creating opportunities for people to reach their full potential.

Prior to joining Easterseals, she held leadership roles at the Alzheimer’s Association and YWCA. Sharp has proven success in organizational management, fundraising and program development, and is committed to building inclusive communities.

What have been your biggest professional accomplishments over the past year?

I led the development of Easterseals’ Veterans Rally Point, which is now serving as a model for providing services to service members, veterans and military families throughout the country. I increased and improved the quality of our employment services for people with disabilities and veterans.

I doubled the size of our neuropsychological diagnostic practice, increasing access to this much-needed service. I made significant progress in changing the organizational culture to one of inclusivity, transparent communication, accountability and quality, while having fun.

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In what ways are you involved in the community?

I currently serve on the board of directors for the Windsor Chamber of Commerce and Workers Compensation Trust. I was a member of the Rotary Club of New Britain-Berlin for over 20 years. I also coached youth cheerleading for 12 years.

On the job

Guiding business principle: We don’t function in a vacuum, we function in communities. To be truly successful, we have to be part of our communities. Our role as leaders is to develop the next generation of leaders.

Goal yet to be achieved: Expand our outpatient services to more comprehensively serve people with autism and other neuro-diverse conditions. Create more career opportunities for people with disabilities.

Best way to keep your competitive edge: Have stretch goals and keep your eye on global, national and local trends. Keep in touch with your competitors. Listen and learn from the upcoming generation(s).

Best business decision: After losing a grant for supported employment, instead of discontinuing our employment work, I decided to restructure our vocational rehabilitation and supported-employment functions into a comprehensive team focused on career development services for people with disabilities and veterans. We have been able to grow the team to more than double its size, utilize current best practices from multiple approaches and serve more people.

Worst business decision: Thinking that I had to have all of the answers all the time, and that I had to be the smartest person in the room.

Biggest missed opportunity: Not telling people about our secure document destruction service, EnviroShred. Everyone who needs this service can feel good about purchasing it from a company that helps people with disabilities and veterans to work.

Personal touch in your office: Pictures of my family, and on some days my puppy Bailey!

Personal side

City of residence: Berlin

Favorite way to relax: Spending time with family; I also love a good Netflix binge

Hobbies: Travel, Philadelphia sports, cooking, training classes with puppy Bailey

Last vacation: Family trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Favorite movie: “Mrs. Doubtfire” … it’s a family favorite

The car you drive: Tesla

Currently reading: “Lucky Girl,” by Irene Muchemi-Ndritu

Favorite cause: Anything to do with health equity or reducing veteran suicide

Second choice career: Physician

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