2490 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
Sharon Thomas Yarbrough
“From humble beginnings to following her passion as a daughter, event planner, co-author, wife, sister, aunt, stepmother, godmother, friend, sister-in-law, and stiletto wearing woman, she continues to map out her journey to help empower, motivate, inspire and educate all women.”
Born in Toledo, Ohio to a minister father and an educator/school principal mother, Yarbrough has always been urged to settle for nothing less than her dreams. The self-confessed “daddy’s girl” credits much of her success to her father who always told her that she is “smart, beautiful, and can do whatever (she wants) to do” – a belief that continues to guide her life.
Sharon Thomas Yarbrough, Founder and President of Sisters Empowering Hawaii (SEH) - Hawaii's Foremost Women's Empowerment Organization, leads an organization designed to educate, inspire, motivate, and empower all women.
For many years, SEH has actively engaged our community in meaningful ways to discuss issues affecting women, children, minorities, and the underserved. Through their efforts, SEH has been an integral part of helping to foster the Aloha Spirit and strengthen our statewide ‘ohana through educational seminars and workshops, motivational speaking, and countless outreach efforts.
As a highly skilled Event Planner and Organizer with proven experience in building professional relationships in the community, Yarbrough utilizes her talents and vast experience to enable a smooth event or function for any company, entity, or organization in need of organizational management and meetings assistance. Sharon has coordinated various charitable fundraisers for former President Barack Obama, Governor Neil Abercrombie, Governor Linda Lingle, Lt. Governor Duke Aiona, Mayor Mufi Hanneman and other political participants.
Yarbrough offers more than 20 years of combined experience in planning and implementing fundraisers, business mixers, retail events, and power luncheons for women, book signings, charitable events, seminars, conferences and other themed events, in a variety of venues and settings in California, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Hawaii.
A strong sense of community is in her heart. One of her passions is being a good-hearted volunteer. She is a committee member of the Honolulu African American Film Festival at the Museum of Arts Doris Duke Theatre. Annually, she coordinates Valentine’s Day for Hawaii Veterans and donates hundreds of goody bags to hospitalized and shut in veterans.
With Yarbrough at the helm, Sisters Empowering Hawaii has received local and national recognition, numerous awards, as well as international media coverage, including a Proclamation from the Governor, State of Hawaii Neil Abercrombie proclaiming “Sisters Empowering Day”, and a Proclamation from the Governor, State of Hawaii Linda Lingle proclaiming “Stop Domestic Violence Against Women and Children Day.” Other commendations include: The State of Hawaii The Senate Honors SEH; Partnership Award, The Los Angeles Region of the United States Census Bureau; and the Oakwood Alumni Living Legends Certificate of Appreciation from Oakwood College Alumni Association California Chapter.
To date, Sharon is the host of ‘Sister Power’ which airs every other Thursday on Think Tech Hawaii. She is committed to helping women all over the world experience happiness, success and freedom in business and in life.
She is happily married to Herman N. Yarbrough III, her soul mate of 25 years. They have four children.
Telephone No.: (808) 599-2998/ (808) 228-7802
About: Sisters Empowering Hawaii (SEH) is Hawaii’s foremost women’s empowerment organization. It is dedicated to the advancement, education and empowerment of all women in Hawaii, providing opportunities for women to change careers, continue education, find mentors, and grow in their chosen profession and way of life.
Sisters Empowering Women has grown into a supportive community of women who are committed to pursuing their big goals.