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Unleash the power of IDENTITY, BELONGING, and INCLUSION!

The Red Lion helps individuals, teams, and organizations 

"Roar with Success"

through transformative coaching, conversations, and consulting.  

Successful companies create cultures of inclusion and feelings of belonging by respecting everyone’s identities.

Successful people recognize the multiple aspects of their own identities and seek work environments where they can maximize their feelings of belonging.

Successful leaders appreciate the diversity around them in order to enhance cultures of inclusion at work.



Become a Red Lion!

Red [red] adjective \ enthusiastic, energetic, active, confident, passionate

Li-on [ˈlī-ən] noun \ power, strength, focus, trust, respect, leader, “HEAD of the jungle”

We work with students and recents grads to help them plan their careers. We work with professionals to help them transform their careers. However, regardless of where our clients are on their career journey, we want them to maximize feelings of belonging through a continued focus on self-awareness and cultural reflection AND contribute to enhanced cultures of inclusion through a greater focus on social awareness and cultural intelligence. 

Career Coaching

Plan and manage the best-fit career path for you.

Do you feel overwhelmed by the myriad of career choices today?  By your lack of direction?  By your loss of focus?  We help YOU transform your dreams into reality in the workplace through greater self-awareness and cultural reflection.

Maximize your feeling of belonging by assessing who you are, what you want to do, and where you want to work!

Leadership Coaching

Lead better teams and enhance connections with your customers.

Do you feel overwhelmed by the societal, cultural, and demographic shifts taking place today? Do you want to be an ally but unsure how? We help YOU transform your leadership competencies to incorporate greater levels of social awareness and cultural intelligence.

Enhance cultures of inclusion by understanding others who are not like you, expanding awareness of things new to you, and exploring places unfamiliar to you.



Create safe spaces to share stories, ask questions, and be heard.

We facilitate conversations that allow teams to expand cultural awareness and understanding and develop opportunities for allyship.  We create safe spaces for individuals to voice their opinions or just be heard.

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Drive business impact through Diversity and Inclusion.

We help your organization get smarter about diversity in the workplace, the marketplace, and the community space.  We utilize research and data analytics to inform strategic framework development focused on multiple stakeholders.

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Sharmila Fowler


Sharmila Fowler is Founder/Consultant/Coach, The Red Lion Institute, Inc.  She is a Certified Professional Coach, Certified Myers-Briggs (MBTI®) Trainer,  Certified Professional Resume Writer and Member of The Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches.  She holds an MBA in Marketing and Strategic Planning from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Computer Science/Mathematics from the University of Rochester. She is the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award.

Sharmila has significant expertise in diversity & inclusion, multicultural marketing, and global business development.  Her passion is to understand human behavior through a cultural lens whether it is in the workplace, the marketplace or the community space. Most recently she was a Global Director in McDonald's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Group.  Previously she led Asian American marketing for McDonald's U.S.  Sharmila also held senior-level roles in the multicultural marketing research and consulting industry where she worked with leading Fortune 500 firms, ethnic advertising agencies and ethnic media firms in the areas of research and strategy.  Previously she spent years in global business development. 

Sharmila has presented at numerous conferences and authored several reports and articles on multicultural consumers and diversity/inclusion.  She has also utilized her cultural diversity expertise to teach a course on International Management as an adjunct professor at North Central College.

Sharmila is active on several boards and committees. She serves as a Board Member and VP Membership for ASCEND Midwest, on Nielsen's External Advisory Council (for Diversity), and is on the Strategic Advisory Team for Frontline Partnerships for the DuPage Children's Museum.  Previously, she was on the National Board of ASCEND and was an Officer and Board Member of the Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF). 

Sharmila lives in the Chicagoland area and enjoys learning about new cultures, traveling, cooking, gardening, entertaining, skiing and spending time with her family and friends.

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We are here to help you unleash the power of

identity + belonging + inclusion

in your career or in your workplace



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