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About the Author

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Sharon Hull is an experienced executive coach and retired family physician with over 30 years of experience in clinical medicine and academic leadership. She built a solo, rural private practice; held leadership roles in academic health centers as a division chief, department chair, and assistant dean; all of which positioned her for a meaningful decade-plus career as an executive coach. Sharon founded and led an Executive Coaching Program built for faculty at a major US medical school before retiring from academia to focus full-time on her coaching and consulting practice, which she calls her "encore career." She is a graduate of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (Drexel University School of Medicine) fellowship for women leaders in academic health care. Sharon lives with her family in North Carolina.



In a book that is both inspirational and practical, Sharon Hull brings design thinking to career planning. It is clear why Hull has the outstanding coaching reputation that she enjoys. This book engages the reader’s mind and heart through challenging questions, reflective exercises, and pertinent examples. It is poised to become an important tool that aspiring and established leaders can use throughout their career.

Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA, President Emeritus, Northeastern Ohio Medical University; President, Medical School Advisory Group.

With today’s uncertainty in jobs and specialties which are compounded by changing economy and a pandemic changing how things are done and what working looks like, many are looking at their careers and wondering where they are and where they want to go and should they go. There are also new individuals entering the workforce who are just getting started in their careers wondering where they will wander over their career. There are likely few in the workforce that aren’t asking questions. What if you could have a coach in your back pocket? One that could ask you key questions, get you to reach into your inner self and find the answers that are best for you at any time in your career? Dr. Hull’s book Professional Careers by Design™: A Handbook for the Bespoke Life can serve as that coach and point you in the direction that you want to go now and help you reassess as your career moves along and the next curve is on the horizon.

Betsy Ripley, MD, Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

Hull’s Professional Careers by Design™: A Handbook for the Bespoke Life is the ultimate roadmap for professionals who are navigating their way through each phase of their career. Drawing from her experience as a medical professional and academic as well as her years coaching clients, Hull has crafted a methodology supported to the brim with resources, templates, tools, and her hallmark thought-provoking questions. This is the next best thing to working with her one-on-one as her voice carefully, skillfully and strategically nudges you along your personal journey towards crafting the ideal professional career.

Debbie Lawrence, Leadership and Business Coach, Founder and President, Abundant Living Inc.

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