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Change the way you see adversity
Categories: Adventure & Challenge, Leadership, Military Speakers, Most Popular, Motivational Speakers
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Sharon Bown is no stranger to trauma. For 27 years she has studied, witnessed and survived it. She will tell you that she has also grown from it.
Born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania, Sharon served as a Nursing Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force for 16 years. She deployed to Timor-Leste in 2000 and again in 2004, where she narrowly escaped death twice – first in a near-fatal helicopter crash and again during the surgery that followed. Having fought for her life, Sharon took on the colossus of the Australian Defence Force to overcome her injuries and to fight to save her career. She exceeded all expectations and in 2008 was appointed to command in a theatre of war – Afghanistan.
A Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Psychological Science, Sharon translates the contemporary research surrounding resilience, mindset, and posttraumatic growth, and explores the strategies that can transform personal trauma into personal growth.
Sharon is the award-winning author of One Woman's War and Peace: a nurse's journey in the Royal Australian Air Force and this humble Registered Nurse from Tasmania now serves as a Member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial and as an Ambassador for Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health.
I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Sharon for her involvement in, and contribution to, The National Police, Defence and Emergency Services Women’s Leadership Summit last week. The feedback from the delegates has been overwhelmingly positive.
Women and Leadership Australia
I have seen, heard and felt Sharon Bown lift audiences and take them on an emotional journey. In sharing her story in raw authenticity, she reveals not only herself, those remarkable lives she has touched and who have touched her – but also those privileged to hear her. The power is in the story but also in the story teller. In a world of so called ‘celebrity’, Sharon Bown is the real deal. She enriches any audience she addresses. Leadership can’t be taught, but it can be learned. Here is a magnificent exponent.