Sharon Johns is a business executive. She is the President and CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop.
She has an extensive background in marketing and change management. She is known for her candid approach to leadership evolution and strategy.
She demonstrates this in her book, “Stories and Heart.” She also featured this candid approach directly to the team at Build-A-Bear on the show, Undercover Boss.
Early Life and Education
Sharon johns is an influential educator who has been involved in the education of children and youth. She is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and has been a guest speaker at conferences and workshops.
As a teacher, she has focused on the education of girls and has been an expert on their development. She has worked in different schools, including Fahan School and Lakeside Middle School, and has a passion for student welfare.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading books and spending time with her family. She is a member of Christ Memorial United Methodist Church and has been active in volunteer work. She also participates in a variety of local and national philanthropic organizations. She has been a strong supporter of the Baltimore Teachers Union and has been a leader in the effort to increase funding for Baltimore County Public Schools.
During her career, Sharon has been fortunate to work in multiple fields. Her first professional position was as an academic resident at the University of Delaware where she wrote a scholarly essay that was published in the book “Diversity in Libraries: Academic Residency Programs”.
She later moved on to become a health sciences librarian at the University of Maryland. While there, she developed her expertise in clinical research design and statistics, and became a faculty member of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She also holds a graduate degree in health policy and management. In addition, she has taught symptom management and medical statistics to nursing students at Johns Hopkins. As a testament to her dedication to the profession, she has won several awards for her contributions in these fields.
Achievements and Honors
Sharon possesses an impressive track record in the fields of product development, marketing and change management. She has held senior executive positions with companies such as Hasbro and Mattel, where she led global toy strategies for iconic brands like NERF and Transformers.
She also has a wealth of experience in the public relations, corporate and nonprofit realms. In her role as assistant director of public relations and internal communications at Howard County General Hospital, she counsels leaders on communication goals, strategies and techniques for a variety of internal and external campaigns.
She has a passion for innovation and technology, and is the co-founder of Public Books, an online magazine dedicated to bringing cutting-edge scholarly ideas to a curious public. Her own public writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times Book Review, Pacific Standard, Vox, The Boston Globe and The Chronicle Review.
Sharon Johns’s life was devoted to her family and friends. She enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews as well as her twin sister Karen. She loved traveling and visiting Disneyland and Vegas with her mother and sisters.
She also had many interests and hobbies. She liked country music, photography and dancing.
During her lifetime she had several jobs and one of her favorite was being the life of a party. She always lit up a room when she came in.
She had a very open door policy and welcomed people wherever they came from. She loved helping others and she was a great hostess and made every guest feel at home. She will be missed by all her friends and loved ones.
She was President and CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc (NYSE:BBW) from 2013 until 2017. She has led a company through a financial turnaround while refreshing and expanding the brand in addition to repositioning for future success.
She also appears on the reality show, “Undercover Boss” where she provides a candid approach to leadership evolution and philosophy. She is also a member of the board of Jack in the Box, Inc.
Sharon has a net worth of $140 million, mainly from her appearances on television. However, her other activities such as authoring autobiographical books and talent management have also contributed to her wealth.
As a musician, she has had a successful career and has earned several Grammys and awards. She has also established several business ventures including a fashion and fragrance line.