Next, a little about me.
I am a…
~small business advocate and consultant
~mediator, ombuds, and facilitator of difficult conversations
~author and freelance writer
~book publisher and publishing project manager
~a student of philosophy, communication, and conflict
~a lover of ideas, cities, science, and human quirks
On Medium, I mostly write about:
~Defensive entrepreneurship (use link above)
~Freelancing and the creator economy (use link above)
I also write about:
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From my website:
Sharon Woodhouse has taken an entrepreneurial approach to just about everything since first becoming self-employed as a teenager over three decades ago. She has directly counseled and coached hundreds of small business owners, solo professionals, creatives, authors, publishers, and job-changers in various aspects of setting up shop, running a small business, publishing, and promotion, emphasizing options, customized approaches, strategic planning, inexpensive and creative marketing, win-win partnerships, and developing an entrepreneurial mindset.
In 1994, Woodhouse founded her first publishing company and created with a small staff the beloved Chicago brand of Lake Claremont Press. LCP published over 500,000 books of 80 different titles in its 25 years and won 30 small press awards. In 2011, she started Everything Goes Media, LLC, to encompass her growing range of book industry activities, including consulting, coaching, mediation, print brokering, private publishing, and project management, which she now does as Conspire Creative.
Sharon’s businesses, and the authors and books she has published, have been featured in hundreds of local, national, and international media outlets, including A&E, the BBC, Business Week, the Chicago Tribune, CNN, Crain’s Chicago Business, FOX, the History Channel, NPR, the National Geographic Channel, the New York Times, the Travel Channel, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.
Sharon received her coaching training from Coach Training Alliance, and is a certified professional coach and a member of the International Coach Federation. She has studied mediation and conflict resolution for 35 years, including with the Peace and Global Studies Department of Earlham College; through NGOs in Geneva, Rome, and Budapest; the ABA; and Mediate.com. She has a Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Negotiation from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she’s currently working on an M.A. in Communication, focusing on coaching, conflict management, and difficult end-of-life healthcare, family, and ethical conversations.
Woodhouse is a longtime advocate of entrepreneurship, vibrant urban neighborhoods, old movie palaces, public transportation, free speech, science, and civilized civic behavior. Her most cherished win was co-leading a community effort to save the historic Davis Theater in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood.