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Birth Announcement2/17/2017
  Q: What's the correct way to mention deceased grandparent's names and where they resided (city/state) ...
  A: Sarah, First, congratulations on your newborn son. This is a beautiful time to be cherished and ...
Letter of condolence9/20/2016
  Q: acquaintance whose father died a month ago. She and I are not close - that's why I didn't hear of ...
  A: JoAnne, Comforting others is a delicate balance. You are a thoughtful person to be concerned about ...
ex husband's Obit1/11/2016
  Q: I was married to the deceased for 37+ yrs...we have five adult children,and many grandkids. Neither ...
  A: Grace and kindess to all concerned under the circumtances eases the stress in times of loss. ...
Gift Ideas for My Russian Host Family8/6/2015
  Q: I am hoping to gather some etiquette advice about gift-giving customs in Russia. I am planning a ...
  A: Sofia, Congratulations on completing your study abroad abroad program in such a fascinating country. ...
Gift-giving in Asia8/5/2015
  Q: On my next visit to India I plan to stop off in Singapore to meet two or three business connections, ...
  A: Matthew: Due to the ethnic diversity in Singapore, gift-giving customs vary and are not a common ...
Avoiding Dining Faux Pas in China8/5/2015
  Q: I have an business trip to Shanghai coming up and have been told that this will include an evening ...
  A: Elizabeth, Enjoy the Shanghai. I do hope you have an opportunity to visit the Shanghai concessions. ...

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Expertise

Modern manners, social and everday etiquette, including manners related to social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Google+. Dining and wine, travel, social introductions and culture.

Experience

I am a cross-cultural consultant, an international etiquette expert and an international award-winning author. My work and travel have taken me to over 60 countries on 7 continents. I speak French and some Czech. I have 20 years experience providing consulting and training to 100,000 attorneys and corporate executives in law firms and multinational corporations. My law practice as an employment attorney included resolving cultural dynamics between employees and management in the workplace.

Organizations
Animal Trustees of Austin | Barton Creek Country Club | SIETAR-USA | InterNations | Austin Chamber of Commerce | Boys & Girls Clubs Foundation, Board of Directors | Westlake Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, Economic Development Chair | Women's Symphony League, Former Board Member | Austin Bar Association, Past Chair of Labor & Employment Law Section | Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Fellow |

Publications
Sharon is the international award-winning author of Access to Asia: Multicultural Business Guide. Her writing has appeared in NY Times, Fortune, Bangkok Post, Psychology Today, YoungUpStarts, Global HRD, Meetings & Conventions, Business2Community, Chief Executive, InterNations, Examiner, Small Business Opportunities, Society Diaries Monterrey, Texas Lawyer, American Lawyer, Austin Business Journal, Phoenix Business Journal, Women's Health, Diversity Woman, Nside Business, and numerous others.

Education/Credentials
Multicultural Management, Accredited Lecturer, Hofstede Centre, Finland | Organizational Culture, Accredited Lecturer, Hofstede Centre, Finland | Protocol Officer, Protocol School of Washington | Corporate Etiquette & International Protocol, Protocol School of Washington | JD, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas USA | Certificate, University of Oxford, Oxford England | BA, Sociology, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio USA |

Awards and Honors
Kirkus Star, awarded to books of exceptional merit by Kirkus Review - Access to Asia | Winner, Best New Non-Fiction, 2015 International Book Awards - Access to Asia | Winner, Business Communication, 2015 International Book Awards - Access to Asia | Winner, Cover Design Non-Fiction, 2015 International Book Awards - Access to Asia | Honoree & Co-Keynote, Annual Women's Luncheon, City of Austin Small Business Development Program, Celebrating the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Austin Women |

Past/Present Clients
A small list of past and current clients due to NDAs, confidentiality and discretion includes: Benesch Law, Blue Byte Software, Capitol Corporate Services, Hilton Hotels, MD Anderson, Charles University (Prague),Ohio State University, Sperry Van Ness, Trammell Crow, University of Texas, UT System.

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