Executive Presence, Laura Sherman

Women In Leadership - Executive Presence

Start 2017 on the right foot by enhancing your executive presence.  In the Harvard Business Review article, “Deconstructing Executive Presence,” the author John Beeson admits it is often difficult to pin down what executive presence entails.  He later explains, “it (executive presence) ultimately boils down to your ability to project mature self-confidence, a sense that you can take control of difficult, unpredictable situations; make tough decisions in a timely way and hold your own with other talented and strong-willed” individuals.   In a survey of CIOs, conducted by Gartner, it was second on the list of the top 20 leadership traits that make a difference.  No matter your role in your firm, executive presence can help you further your career and improve relationships – both professionally and personally.  We will review some of the most common pitfalls women face and discuss tools for us to improve our executive presence, including confidence, decisiveness, emotional intelligence,  and physical presence.

About Our Presenter:
Laura co-founded Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS-Partners) in 2006 and Baldwin Risk Partners (BRP) in 2012. BKS-Partners consistently posts industry-leading growth and superior client retention rates and is the recipient of numerous local and national awards recognizing the firm’s growth and excellence in the insurance industry and as an employer.
Previously, Laura was the senior vice president and managing director of Wachovia Insurance Services Private Risk Management division for the Georgia region. She also worked with Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in various roles including the assistant worldwide marketing manager, where she developed marketing collateral and national public relations campaigns, including touring with the hit PBS series, Antiques Roadshow for many years.
Laura specializes in providing risk management solutions for successful individuals, families and businesses. She was named as a Risk & Insurance Power Broker for Private Client, one of Insurance Business America Magazine’s Elite Women in Insurance and has been a Tampa Bay Business Journal Business Woman of the Year finalist. She has authored numerous articles in various publications, including as a Worth magazine leading advisor. She speaks on risk management topics at national forums and serves on insurer councils, including the Advisory Board of the Council for Insuring Private Clients (CIPC), AIG Private Client Group National Broker Council and is the President of the Safeco Southeast Regional Advisory Council.  She earned the Certified Advisor of Personal Insurance (CAPI) designation in the inaugural class in conjunction with Chubb and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  She recently earned her Certified Personal Risk Manager (CPRM) designation in the inaugural class and is an instructor with the National Alliance for the CPRM designation.
Laura serves on the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels of Tampa and the Children’s Dream Fund. She is on The Bank of Tampa Women Connected Advisory Board and the Tampa Museum of Art Foundation Board. Laura has a bachelor’s degree in economics from DePauw University.