The Red Lion Institute, Inc.
The Red Lion Institute, Inc. works with individuals to create the perfect career plan that will fuel their energy and allow them to “roar with success”. The company was founded in 2011.
Red [red] adjective enthusiastic, energetic, active, confident, passionate
Li-on [lahy-uh n] noun power, strength, respect, leader, “king of the jungle”
Red + Lion = one who roars with success
Sharmila Mathur Fowler,
Founder, Consultant & Coach, MBA, CPRW
Certified Myers-Briggs (MBTI®) Trainer
Certified Professional Resume Writer
Member of The Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches
Mentor & Coach, The Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Foundation (APIASF)
Sharmila Fowler is Founder, Consultant & Coach of The Red Lion Institute, Inc. She is a 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.
After preparing her two older sons for college, she recognized that she was continually drawn to articles and books on career planning, she was highly engaged in discussions on this topic with young adults and adults in transition, and she became a resource for friends and family on career-related matters. Eventually, The Red Lion was born.
As Founder and Coach of The Red Lion Institute, Sharmila is putting several natural talents to work including her interpersonal intelligence, visual/ spatial abilities and logic/math brain. Her top values of “helpful, creative, motivated, family-oriented, and intelligent” also relate well to her business. Not surprisingly, her Meyers-Briggs "ENFP" personality aligns well with coaching, training, consulting and marketing. Her goal is to advance individuals to greater success through her services!
She is skilled at working with both people and information and is excited to share with others her full range of business experience that covers many functional areas and several different industries. She also has a wide network of friends and colleagues across many disciplines of business, medicine and law that she can tap into. These contacts can be especially useful when coaching students aand professionals for networking purposes.
She began her career in sales at IBM and then moved into business development and strategic planning at a small ag-biotech firm and then later at Sonoco Products Company, a large packaging firm. During this time, she gained substantial international business experience traveling to Jamaica, Mexico, Asia, Europe and Australia.
She started The Mango Group shortly thereafter, working with large corporate clients on strategy consulting and marketing projects. She ran this business for five successful years until she became interested in multicultural marketing. She transitioned into multicultural marketing research where she helped Fortune 500 companies develop insights and strategies to reach the growing Hispanic, Asian American and African American consumer segments living in the U.S. She has held several V.P. roles within this industry. In addition, she parlayed her strategy consulting experience into the Energy field, an industry that is realizing phenomenal growth. She is currently employed by a multinational corporation in the HR and Diversity/Inclusion arena.
Sharmila has been an active speaker at conferences around the country and has been quoted in several trade journals and newspapers for her expertise in research and marketing. Currently, Sharmila is a member of Nielsen’s External Asian Advisory Council and a Mentor & Coach for The Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Foundation. She is a former Officer and Board Member of the Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF) and has served on the Board of ASCEND and the Smart Grid Advisory Council for the State of Illinois. Additionally, Sharmila has volunteered as a Co-Host for The Founding Moms, an international organization dedicated to assisting women in their entrepreneurial endeavors. Finally, she has also taught International Management as an adjunct professor at North Central College. She lives with her family in Naperville, IL.