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About Starla Sharpe

I am Starla Sharpe, and I am an avid learner. In my professional life, I serve as the Vice President of Learning & Development at a national mortgage company. A little background on me, I come from a small town in Arkansas, but I now call Princeton, TX my home. I am an active member of the Association of Talent Development (ATD) and I am also part of the Dallas chapter. Additionally, I hold credentials as a certified diversity executive (CDE), and I am a certified FranklinCovey Leadership Development Facilitator; as well as a Personalysis Certified Facilitator (personality assessments). 

I am fortunate to share my life with an extraordinary husband named Robert, and together we are blessed with three remarkable children whom I affectionately refer to as "my 3 G's" - Gavin, Gabrielle, and Garrett. We eagerly engage in church and school activities as a unit. Whenever we have the opportunity, we embark on exhilarating adventures around the globe, immersing ourselves in diverse cultures. And let me not forget my undeniable fondness for shopping! So, this gives you a glimpse into both my professional and personal spheres.


And in case I did not say this before, I am thrilled to be here, connecting with all of you!

Now, while you are here. Are you searching for a trailblazing learning and development executive with 15+ years of experience in talent development, mortgage and finance? Look no further!

I bring expertise in implementing innovative learning management systems (LMSs), leading high-performing teams, driving leadership development, championing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), pioneering internship programs, and excelling in regulatory audits and exams.


Imagine a workforce fueled by inspired leaders and a culture of growth. With my passion for innovation and a proven track record, I have seamlessly integrated LMSs into companies, crafted dynamic leadership development programs, championed DEI strategies, pioneered impactful internship initiatives, and excelled in regulatory compliance.


Connect with me today and let's set the stage for a captivating symphony of growth and transformation.

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Professional Development Statement

My Personal Philosophy 

As the head of learning and development, I am deeply committed to professional development and continuous learning. I actively engage in expanding my knowledge and skills by being an avid learner and a naturally positive, servant-minded leader. I am proud to be an active member of the ATD (Dallas chapter), a certified Franklin Covey facilitator, and a certified Personalysis practitioner.


In my role, I apply my expertise in adult learning theory, principles of Andragogy, the ADDIE methodology, Bloom’s taxonomy, and more to drive impactful L&D initiatives within my organization. I have successfully introduced innovative approaches such as microlearning videos and spearheaded organizational improvement initiatives to support diversity and inclusion goals, implement a new LMS, launch an internship program, enhance onboarding processes, develop comprehensive leadership and professional development programs, and more. 


At the core of my philosophy is the belief that effective learning and development initiatives should be inclusive, organic, applicable, and informational. I strive to create an environment that fosters growth, exploration, and expression of individuals' true capabilities by promoting a fear-free atmosphere. This belief guides my mentorship and leadership approach, ensuring that my team feels safe and empowered to thrive.


I returned to school to obtain a Masters in this field to ensure I not only have the real world experience, but also the education to support organization development, leadership, learning and technology. I am dedicated to driving meaningful change and delivering impactful learning experiences that drive organizational growth and individual development. By leveraging my expertise and fostering a supportive environment, I aim to make a positive and lasting impact on the professional growth and success of individuals and the organizations that I serve.

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