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Sharon Warburton

Sharon Warburton

Over 25 years in the construction and mining sectors and Founder of Steel Heels, Sharon Warburton is passionate about sharing her experiences and mentoring emerging leaders.

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Sharon was meticulously prepared for the presentation but did not present as rehearsed. Her experiences came across as candid and authentic, which made for a very engaging presentation. Sharon's presentation was thought provoking as well as being highly entertaining. Sharon was very happy to take the questions that her presentation generated and the content and style of the presentation generated discussion and encouraged others to share their own experiences. Sharon's commitment to progressing female involvement in industries such as construction and mining is inspirational and her energy is remarkable! The feedback we received was outstanding. For example, a senior female corporate counsel commented: "Thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The Momentum event was the best yet. Sharon is truly remarkable. Her candour is incredibly refreshing and her work is truly inspiring."
Anna Casellas, Clayton Utz


Sharon is an inspiring speaker. Her experiences are diverse across a number of sectors and provide many useful insights for audiences.
Sara de Freitas, Murdoch


Sharon brought a wealth of experience from her career in the mining and construction industries, both in Australia and in the Middle East; as well as her unique insight into time management, work-life balance, and the potential to give back to the community. Sharon’s experiences, knowledge and attitude in both the business world, and in her personal life, leave those who have witnessed her presentation inspired to do more to ensure a balance between professional and personal, and to look at ways in which they are able to make a difference to others.
Aymee Mastaglia, Regional Manager WA, Chartered Accountants


Sharon Warburton was exceptional - she was clever, inspiring, humorous and practical.  She inspired us to be courageous trailblazers through sharing her unique stories and own learning. I know the impact of her presentation has left a remarkable imprint in all our the attendees of our event. She is a very impressive speaker.
Alicia Curtis, Alyceum

Sharon Warburton Travels from WA
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Sharon Warburton's Biography

Sharon has been smashing glass ceilings within the construction and mining sectors throughout her 25+ year career. She is the 2014 WA Telstra Business Woman of the Year and a 2015 Finalist for the Westpac AFR 100 Women of Influence.


After an executive career in strategy and finance roles based in Perth, Sydney, London and Abu Dhabi, Sharon is now a full time Chairman and Non-Executive Company Director.


She joined the board of FMG in 2013 as a Non-Executive Director. She now chairs the FMG Remuneration and Nominations Committee and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee. She is a Non-Executive Director for Western Power and Gold Road Resources Limited as well as a Director of the fund raising NFP Foundation for the Perth Children’s Hospital. She is also an Advisory Board Member for the Curtin Business School Asia Business Centre.


Sharon became the Chairman of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) on 1 July 2016. The NAIF offers up to $5 billion over 5 years in concessional finance to encourage and complement private sector investment in infrastructure that benefits Northern Australia. This may include developments in airports, communications, energy, ports, rail and water.


Educated in Exmouth and Perth, Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree from Curtin University of Technology and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building.


Sharon champions flexibility, diversity and work life balance and places a high priority on sharing her own experiences.


Sharon mentors thousands of emerging leaders through her digital mentoring platform.

Speaking Topics Include

·               Succeeding in industries dominated by males

·               Smashing glass ceilings – from the bush to the boardroom

·               Diversity – how to navigate a cross cultural minefield

·               The power of mentoring – put on your “Steel Heels”

·               Networking – how Sharon grew a killer support network

·               Empowering Women – the future is here… apparently