Episode 41

Key Characteristics of an Effective Leader

With Guest Anne Huntington Sharma

, President

Huntington Learning Centers

Anne Huntington Sharma

Anne Huntington Sharma is a fierce female leader focused on prioritizing accountability, communication, transparency and empathy in the workplace. As the current President of the Huntington Learning Centers she walks us through how she has taken the program from a strictly “brick and mortar” concept to a blend of virtual and physical during the Covid-19 pandemic. She goes in depth on why communication and listening are key and the challenges of being a female leader in the workplace today. As you’ll discover, Anne has a way of looking at life that we could all learn from; she sees a positive where many would see the negative and a way through even the most difficult of circumstances. Giving up is not an option, come find out why.

Today's Guest

Anne Huntington Sharma

Anne Huntington Sharma

Anne Huntington Sharma is the President and a Board Member of Huntington Learning Center, the nation's leading tutoring and test prep provider. Anne oversees business strategy and growth initiatives, including partnerships, marketing, digital and technological transformation, and franchise development.

Anne is involved in the arts as a collector, producer, philanthropist, curator, and founder of AMH Industries, a creative agency for contemporary art and culture. She has curated more than 30 exhibits across the country and raised over $30 million dollars for various philanthropic causes. Anne is also an associate producer on the Emmy nominated HBO documentary, "The Price of Everything" and on the upcoming “The Art of Making It”.

Additionally, Anne is active with arts, education, and business organizations. She is a board member for the Learning Disabilities Association of America, Art Advisory Board member for NYC’s Coalition for the Homeless, member of the Women’s Franchise Committee for the International Franchise Association, Co-Chair of the Young Collectors Council, and member of the International Directors Council at the Guggenheim Museum, and a founding member of the Future Leadership Council at the Whitney Museum. She has supported various organizations over the decades. For her service, Anne has been recognized by SmartCEO, Apollo Magazine, and Moves Magazine. She has also been honored as a Woman of Wonder by Franchise Dictionary Magazine, named to the NJBIZ Education Top 50 list, as well as the NJBI 40 under 40. Most recently, Anne was awarded the Silver distinction for the American Business Awards, Maverick category. Anne received her BA from Colgate University.

What We Talked About

Covid brought it’s challenges but also opportunity to grow in accountability, communication and transparency
The importance of listening to what the needs are and then moving forward with what needs to be done especially when a lot of the team is virtual now
Challenges and how to overcome them and be effective as female leaders
Be organized, be present, be focused - don’t try to multitask, know the secret of saying “no” and know what your priorities are

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Built for Impact

Amanda is a wife, mother, entrepreneur, Partner at Evergreen Results and a founding member of the Built for Impact podcast team. She enjoys spending time with her family, serving others, horseback riding, and spending time in the mountains.