“IT’S BETTER TO LIGHT A CANDLE THAN CURSE THE DARKNESS.”
Sharon Eisbart, a Corporate Art Consultant, has had her own business “Sharon Eisbart Corporate Art” for 29 years – providing art, framing, consultation services, delivery, and installation to the business and residential community. Prior to her business, she was a teacher of young children – automatically giving her an interest in Women United with its focus being on Early Childhood Education.
Currently, Sharon is involved in many ways in our community: Women United, Advocacy Committee, Learning Trail, as well as a board member for the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and Collection Committee Chair. She also is involved in Fort Wayne Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund, Fort Wayne Jewish Federation, Fort Wayne Museum of Art 100th Anniversary committee, Early Childhood Alliance Gala committee, Public Art Commission selection committees, and the Airport Authority Art committee. Sharon is recognized as a founding member of Francine’s Friends, she “pitches” for public radio, a member of the Professional Business Women of Northeast Indiana, and “Ex Libris” book club. It is undeniable that she pours her heart into Allen County and makes an impact in all she does.
Her most important role however is a wife of 52 years, a mother of 2 two boys, 2 daughters- in- law, and grandmother to 5 wonderful grandchildren. Her husband is her #1 confidante, advocate, and mentor whom she learns from daily.
Sharon is a strong and powerful woman, exactly what Women United looks for when seeking members. Sharon has been a part of Women United since it began in 2007. As mentioned previously, the mission behind Women United speaks directly to Sharon because of the advocacy and support for Early Childhood Education. From On My Way Pre-K, Paths to Quality, Kindergarten Countdown, and Born Learning Trails – Women United encompasses Sharon’s passions all in one place.
Sharon describes her mentor, a fellow Women United member, as someone who has been in her corner for 48 years now – Irene Walters (and her husband, Bob Walters.) “There have been very few aspects of our lives including family, professional, and community that we have not shared and been made richer for with their experience, wisdom, and support” she says.
United Way of Allen County encourages donor feedback and we greatly appreciate hearing from women in our community, such as Sharon. With a recent Donor-Centered Conversation held among Women United members, many aspirations for Allen County were shared: access to quality healthcare, healthy food, affordable early childhood education, affordable housing, adequate pay for early childhood educators, and training programs. However, the biggest one that holds great importance to Sharon is ensuring that Allen County is a truly welcoming and connected community for ALL. As advocates and fundraisers, Sharon knows that we are in a great position with many resources to work with and for – it is our duty to figure out how best to do that for our community.
Sharon’s dedication, as shown in her community involvement, is crucial to making Allen County a better home for all – whether you work, play, or live here – you deserve a welcoming place each day. Thank you, Sharon, for serving your community and playing an important role in Women United to change the lives in Allen County and move our mission forward for Early Childhood Education!