Sharon Cox has over thirty years experience in health care ranging from staff nurse to unit/program manager to faculty and administrative roles in academic health centers. Since 1987 as an independent consultant and since founding Cox & Associates she has conducted workshops and seminars and consulted for nearly 300 hospitals and health care organizations in the United States and Canada. The centerpiece of her organizational development and training work is a multi-module year-long program called “Leading and Managing Generation 21.” Known across the nation for her lively and entertaining style of presentation and as an effective facilitator for system-wide culture change, Sharon has published in professional journals and developed training materials and audio tapes in areas of leadership and organizational development, change management and horizontal integration. She has also devoted considerable attention to the issues of balancing personal and professional growth which have become more and more troublesome in today’s health care work environment. She is on the editorial board of Nursing Management Magazine and has been a frequent presenter and keynote speaker for national meetings for organizations such as Organization of Nurse Executives, Oncology Nurses Society, Organization of Operating Room Nurses, the National Nursing Symposium and Nursing Management Congress.

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Nashville, TN


This real world experience coupled with an entertaining and thought provoking style has made her a frequent keynote speaker for several national organizations and associations. They have included:

  • The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE),
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN)
  • American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA)
  • Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)
  • Oncology Nurses Society (ONS)
  • National Association of Orthopedic Nurses (NAON)
  • Academy of Medical Surgical Nursing (AMSN)

Managers and staff appreciate her down-to-earth style and outcome oriented approach. Sharon's intent in all of her presentations is to offer workable ideas and approaches with a lasting impact rather than just a brief "workshop high." Sharon serves on the Editorial Board of Nursing Management Magazine and is currently co-authoring a book on organizational development.

She and her husband Jim reside in Brentwood, Tennessee (a suburb of Nashville) along with their two tomcats, Travis and Casey–both named after UT football players. They enjoy golf, fly fishing, and cheering for the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

Whether relating a golf story, outlining stages for staff empowerment, or ways to get the "mama out of management," Sharon's sense of humor and "way with words" have made her a memorable speaker.