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Dr. Sharalyn Payne


Dr. Sharalyn Payne leads SMP International’s Leadership Advisory and Management Consulting practice. Based in Dallas, Texas, she is a sought after trusted advisor who works closely with CEOs, CHROs, CFOs, and VPs on critical leadership decisions. Drawing on her extensive expertise supporting some of the world’s strongest and most reputable companies, she guides clients through sensitive organizational challenges. She is appreciated for her sharp thinking, rich insights, fresh perspectives, and provocative questions used to address and solve pressing, business priorities. Dr. Sharalyn is highly effective at advising companies on how to build exemplary leaders for today and the future.

“A better world requires that we reshape leadership. It is an honor and a privilege to partner with leaders to create purpose and values driven organizations where high-performance is the standard and all are encouraged to be, do, and achieve their personal best for themselves, their families, the company, and the world.”

Having served a diverse range of clients including Fortune 50 to Fortune 500 organizations, Dr. Sharalyn is a strategist particularly skilled in enhancing leader capability, shaping strategy, and leading high profile, highly complex strategic initiatives to increase the organization’s effectiveness needed to achieve sustainable outcomes.

Applying her extensive leadership experience, Dr. Sharalyn helps private equity firms and industry leaders build competitive advantage, become employers of choice, and create resilient organizations with superior financial performance.

Prior to SMP International, Dr. Sharalyn worked in healthcare technology, where she was a member of the HR Leadership Team responsible for employee experience, employee engagement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Before that Dr. Sharalyn successfully led talent management and organizational effectiveness initiatives for a global oil and gas company.

Dr. Sharalyn earned a doctorate degree in Leadership from Freed-Hardeman University as well as a higher education degree in Management. In addition, she holds a masters in Curriculum and Instruction. Outside of work, she is passionate about supporting meaningful causes, laughing with family and friends, and spreading hope. Dr. Sharalyn is available to speak on leadership, high-performing teams, organizational culture, and the future of work.

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Leadership Advisory

Leader Assessment

Change Leadership

Organizational Culture

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Accelerated Integration

Leader Assimilation

Top Talent Programs

Leadership Development

Organizational Transformation

Leadership Coaching

Executive Coaching

Board Consulting

Board Effectiveness

Executive Development Plans

Strategic Talent Programs

Family Business Advisory

Corporate Social Responsibility

Strategy and Vision Planning

Employee Engagement

Employee Experience

Team Engagement

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Head of Diversity and Inclusion

"Dr. Sharalyn has showcased meaningful innovation and a level of uncompromising integrity with an unwavering commitment to ensure our organization is equipped with a foundation that meets the needs of our employees and the communities we serve. She goes above the call of duty with regards to an initiative that has been in high demand for several months. With her leadership we were able to establish our philanthropic foundation, which is our way of taking care of our employees. It has been a long road to build a program that has two intricate components, allowing the Employee Relief Fund to support our colleagues and community. I’ve seen what was needed behind the scenes to ensure we have a fantastic dashboard that provides an easy-to-use platform for our employees to give and volunteer. During the first month of our launch, there has been such a positive reception from employees. These successes are simultaneously occurring with other initiatives underway, which I am impressed with the balance of work and high level of execution. Thank you for bringing this to our company! Dr. Sharalyn is a rockstar!"

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