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Dr. Sharon King Gabrielides


Dr. Sharon King Gabrielides

Expertise: Keynote SpeakingCoaching Leadership and Resilience

Sharon is the founder and CEO of Key Steps Corporate Training. She is a dynamic facilitator, speaker, and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation.

Sharon’s Ph.D. thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that has been published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and is highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to her field and industry.

Sharon is also a registered Education, Training, and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology, and practices as an NLP master practitioner. She is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. And, she is a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCTTM) and accredited Global Virtual Speaker.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her practical approach, useful tools, and genuinely caring manner that allows people to take Key Steps to really… “be the difference that makes the difference.”

Speaking Topics:

  • Key Steps to Women Winning at Work.
  • Key Steps to Your Women’s Wellbeing.
  • Key Steps to Being Exceptionally You through EQ.
  • Key Steps to Professional Impressions.
  • Key Steps to Managing Interpersonal Relationships.
  • Key Steps to Professional Business Etiquette.
  • Key Steps to Walking Proudly in ‘Her’ Shoes.
  • Key Steps to Harness the Power of Your Team.
  • What Successful Women Know About Downtime and How to Claim Yours.
  • Why a High Emotional Quotient is Essential to Thrive in a D-VUCAD World.
  • Key Steps to Communicating with Impact.



Your expertise and professional delivery made this event one that we will remember for a long time to come. I’ve already had comments from both directors and managers that this leadership programme was “the best one to date.” I am confident the ideas and practical tools you have shared with the group will be of great value to our business. Thank you!

— Renske Coetzee, Head of HR, Redefine Properties

I appreciate all the effort that goes in behind the scenes to get training like this developed for us. I am grateful we can benefit from all your amazing knowledge and experience. The tools and techniques are assisting us to take the business forward in our new normal. Every engagement with Key steps always provides such value and leaves us with new skills. Thank you, Sharon!

— Amanda Van Der Merwe – Hollard Life

I was so sceptical about this training and thought it was going to be another one of those that gets people excited and inspired but, in the long run, doesn’t achieve much. Well, what a pleasant surprise. It’s only a month since the training and we are seeing major shifts and results. Thank you for the incredible insights you have shared back with the business. It sets you apart. Thank you for adding great value and proving me wrong.

— Sheraaz Patel, GM Dealer Sales, M-Sure

Sharon, you are by far one of the best facilitators I have had the privilege of working with and assessing. You have a way of keeping the room engaged, creating a safe space, yet moving the pace along quickly to ensure the practical activities are done well. Your wealth of knowledge below the waterline is so evident. Standard Bank are fortunate to have you as part of their team for this project.

— Kirsten Mann, Account Manager, Connemara Consulting

Thank you, Sharon. It was a pleasure spending the time with and learning from you. My team really gained such value learning how to build comprehensive business cases and present them more effectively. Your model is excellent – the team was blown away. Our only wish is that the session was longer. Please stay in touch.

— Ziaad Suleman, Chief Operating Officer, IBM South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Sharon has been a preferred learning vendor at EY for many years. She facilitates our core firmwide learning programs, based on global EY material and brings in her own best practices to the content to ensure the programs remain at a hight standards. Sharon is a highly sought-after facilitator, and her programs are well attended with excellent ratings. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of our learners and has a flexible style to customise programs for individual business unit needs. She also aims to deliver material that is relevant for the team she is working with and hence I would highly recommend her.

— Jenny Greyling, Africa Talent, Development and Total Rewards Leader

Sharon’s training has made a visible difference to my teams. I could see an immediate improvement, following her workshops. I have had similar positive feedback from my peers and have a high regard for her abilities and professionalism. Having seen her work prior to and during the COVID-19 lockdown, I know Sharon to be a resilient service provider, who finds innovative ways to address her clients’ needs, despite the challenges at hand.

— Pieter Roos, PH – Technology and Change Assurance at Absa

You have a way of building a relationship with your audience that leaves us feeling as if we’ve known you forever. Your feedback to our leaders about their virtual engagement (or lack thereof at times) was straight forward but kind. Thank you for the value you have added to our business.

— Linky Olivier, CEO, CAMAF

Sharon has been coaching me over the last 12 months and I cannot say enough about how much she has helped me both professionally and personally. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to take that next step in their career and personal development!

— Zondwa Kula, Audit Director, Citibank UK

Coaching sessions with Sharon are so enlightening. I always look forward to the next session, knowing that I will come up with more leadership capabilities. The sessions helped me move out of my comfort zone. The tools that Sharon shared with me are so helpful, and I am using them daily in fulfilling my job responsibilities. I am a changed and more capable leader because of working with Sharon.

— Odwa Duda, Corporate Executive, AGSA

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