Testimonials

Working & Collaborating with
Sharon Toomer

“I assumed the executive leadership of Living Cities during a time of strategic evolution, leadership transition, and COVID-19 pandemic fatigue. Knowing that deft communication is key to agile change management, Toomer Strategies assessed our needs, audited our capacity, offered essential and objective feedback, and guided us to adopt a new approach to internal and external communication.

Principal Sharon Toomer looked past our surface-level issues to understand the whole organization. Sharon recommended changes to our operations after listening to internal stakeholders; securing feedback from vendors; and developing a deep understanding of our mission, vision, and strategic aims. Her thoughtful and patient approach earned her the trust of my colleagues, leadership team, and member board. As a 30-year plus systems change agent and influencer, Living Cities know the value of such trust and expertise.”

Joe Scantlebury, President & CEO

Living Cities

“Sharon is a valued equity thought partner in the non-profit space and was essential in helping us meet our project deadline. As a consultant, Sharon became a valued team member on the New Media Ventures investment team. She provided invaluable coverage for NMV’s evaluation of several hundred investment prospects – along with very thoughtful viewpoints on recommendations. With her attention to detail and inclusive experience, Sharon was also able to help us refine our investment prospect process! Again, I am very appreciative of her work and look forward to working with her again.”
Phillip Sanders, Investment Principal

New Media Ventures

“Sharon is a dynamic woman with excellent communication, organizational and leadership skills. At NABJ, I observed her in action and found her to be a consummate professional who is focused, methodical and results-oriented. Sharon is a team player who strives for excellence in all she does; a visionary leader who is strategic in her thought-process and execution.”
Cheryl Smith, Executive Committee Board Member

National Association of Black Journalists

“As a senior officer at the National Academy of Medicine, I worked with some of the top health equity researchers in the US to put together an edited volume highlighting the crisis of historical and structural inequities across diverse populations. I asked authors to identify potential solutions to achieve a more just and equitable society where the burden of disparities does not fall on a subset of the population. Through her work, Sharon taught me about narrative and journalism and the power to convey messages and stories in a new and powerful light. I can attest to Sharon’s commitment to social justice and equity, passion for ensuring the stories behind the data are told, strong work ethic, and critical thinking and analytical skills.”
Dr. Kimber Bogard, Deputy Executive Officer for Programs

National Academy of Medicine

“I met Sharon over six years ago at an Ethnic Media Roundtable hosted by the Speaker of the NYC Council. Sharon stood out among a room packed with representatives of the media from all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds who cover New York news. Sharon showed leadership and organizational skills, and a keen understanding of how our media could work together to benefit our respective audiences, our City and our bottom lines.

Her determination was the key for us to establish a multicultural media partnership and she took the primary initiative for developing a mission statement and creating our primary digital presence.

I was impressed by Sharon’s energy, focus, ability to create a consensus, self-assurance and yet calming and friendly manner in navigating complicated issues and range of personalities.

I have known her to be forthright, honest and proud to state and defend her positions yet keep an open mind to the ideas of others.

Whatever organization or company is fortunate enough to have Sharon lead or be a key part of their team will not regret it.”

Henry Levy, Publisher & Editor

Jewish Post

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