A special message from Helena Foulkes, the National Chair of Go Red For Women
2018 Event Co-Chairs
Chief Executive Officer
Partners + Napier
Recognized as one of the most influential women in the advertising industry by Advertising Age, Sharon is forever blazing trails for women in leadership. In 2004, mother of two teenage girls, wife, and newly declared MBA recipient, Sharon led a management buyout to establish the integrated advertising agency, Partners + Napier. As its founder and CEO, Sharon created a Rochester-based, nationally recognized shop, now 125-people strong.
With a legacy in her industry and words of inspiration to share, Sharon has told her story numerous times in the New York Times’ Corner Office and is a regular on the speaker’s circuit, encouraging audiences at Advertising Week, 4A’s Transformation, Ad Age’s Small Agency Conference and more. Sharon also serves on Project Worldwide’s Global Strategic Leadership Team, helping steer the “un-holding company” as it continues to make waves and headlines.
Proud to lead a business headquartered in a thriving community, Sharon’s love for Rochester shows through her involvement with the Center for Youth, RIT’s President Council, University of Rochester George Eastman Circle, and the local chapters of the YMCA and of course, the American Heart Association.
Sharon is honored and excited to raise awareness about women’s heart health through Go Red for Women. The fact that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year, is devastating – and unacceptable. Never one to back down from a challenge, Sharon felt compelled to get involved in Go Red and drive needed change.
Partners + Napier
Family means everything to Courtney, both in and out of the office. As managing director of Partners + Napier, she strategically drives the agency forward and leads by example, building strong client relationships, fostering and mentoring talent, and assembling agency teams to deliver the absolute best solutions for clients’ toughest challenges. Since making the move to Partners from Ogilvy & Mather in 2004, such clients as BMW Financial Services, ConAgra, Bob Evans, Gannett, Keurig, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Constellation Brands, Delta Vacations and others have benefited from her sharp, strategic thinking. And her creative soul.
At home, she and her husband are raising two young kids, meaning her days are packed as she successfully tackles the work-life balance thing. She wouldn’t have it any other way. No wonder she snagged the Ad Council’s Spark Award and Chairman’s Award for outstanding community leadership – and received a spot on the Rochester Business Journal's “40 Under 40 list.” Giving back – to her family, her colleagues, her clients and her community – is central to who she is.
If you’re anything like Courtney, you understand that personal health can take a backseat to everything and everyone else in your lives. Go Red for Women aims to put women’s health at the forefront and highlights the unique ways in which women can experience heart disease symptoms – and Courtney believes awareness is critical at any age. Courtney is excited to bring her Gen X perspective and help further the Go Red mission.
Executive Leadership Team
Dinah Gueldenpfennig Weisberg
Lori Van Dusen