Emma Sharma

Special guest

Emma Sharma serves as Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, and Company Secretary of Valiant Integrated Services, overseeing many of the organization's vital administrative and legal functions and acting as a ‘de facto‘Chief of Staff to the CEO. As one of the core executive team members who stood up Valiant Integrated Services (grown from a start-up to S800m in revenue in just over four years), Emma drew on her 25 years of experience as a global business executive known for her entrepreneurial approach. Emma has a proven track record in complex organizational transformations and a strong empathetic leadership style with a gift for pulling together high value creation teams. Additionally, Emma's passion for organizational design, psychology, and development led her to pioneer mentoring and leadership development initiatives for fellow executives and senior managers at Valiant Integrated Services. Emma has a growing reputation as a solid and passionate advocate on mental health issues that impact the workforce, especially at executive leadership levels.

Emma's career has seen her living and working as an executive across the globe: in Europe, the Asia Pacific region, the Middle East, and Africa. She has held senior management and legal roles for Motorola, Business Objects (now part of SAP), and Capgemini. Aside from the launch of Valiant, other highlights of Emma's career include: leading the business and organizational transformation of a major (and mission-critical) U.S. government contractor following its prosecution for significant issues by the Department of Justice while simultaneously ensuring the legal issues were resolved; successfully negotiating multiple commercial and public sector technology integration and business outsourcing transactions ranging from S200m - $10bn, many of which had a global or cross-jurisdictional element; building trusted, sustainable relationships with key customers, partners, and stakeholders in many countries and cultures; and establishing major people-centered and leadership programs around graduate recruitment, leadership development, and corporate responsibility.

Emma is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, England (Jesus College), completed her formal legal education in London, and is qualified to practice law in several jurisdictions.

Emma is very active in the community, both nationally and locally. Today, she serves as Executive Director for the Valiant Foundation, a non-profit created under her sponsorship to support veterans, provide disaster relief, and address education and poverty in developing nations. Recently, Emma was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Center for Government Contracting at George Mason University, serving as a thought leader on industry matters. Emma serves actively on the Board of 4word, a national, faith-based non-profit that supports women in the marketplace in growing with confidence to meet their full potential. She is also a local executive chapter leader for 4word. Previously Emma served as the President of the Board of Trustees of an influential non-profit in Northern Virginia for six years and worked for several years as an ambassador for two global non-profits providing micro-financing for women in developing nations and addressing human traffcking issues.

Outside of work, Emma is a devoted wife and mom to two young children and an active member of Holy Trinity Church, McLean. Her hobbies include a passion for travel, learning about great food and wine, music (she is a classically trained soprano), movies, and reading.

Emma Sharma has been a guest on 1 episode.