Program Manager | Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Sharon Waters became the Feliciano Center’s program manager in June 2013. She oversees marketing, communications and events, and also counsels students about curriculum and entrepreneurship opportunities. She is also the manager of Women Entrepreneurship Week, a global and national initiative to celebrate female founders the third week of October. Sharon has taught ENTR 201 “Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation” and has worked on curriculum matters, such as developing the course parameters for ENTR 350 (co-op internship course). She oversees the Center’s co-op internship program and serves as faculty for ENTR 350. Sharon is a member of the Promise Prize selection committee for an annual $5,000 student award.
Sharon has a bachelor’s in accounting from Villanova University, a master’s in journalism and mass communication from New York University, and a master”s in educational leadership, higher education concentration, from Montclair State. After graduating from Villanova, Sharon became licensed as a CPA. She worked in public, private and governmental accounting, including stints at Coopers & Lybrand and the Office of Inspector General at the Corporation for National Service where she supervised and conducted performance and compliance audits of AmeriCorps programs and grants.
Sharon launched her freelance writing business in the late 90s; her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New York Times and Washington Post. As a journalist, Sharon spent time at the New York Daily News and Home News Tribune, researching and writing stories on a variety of topics, including business. She spent six years at NJBIZ, the Garden State’s leading business journal and website. For five years Sharon was the head editor of NJBIZ, where she managed a staff of 10, and revamped the company’s newsroom and editorial offerings. Sharon created and launched several new products at NJBIZ, including some of its most popular features that were so successful that they remained mainstays at NJBIZ and were expanded to other subsidiaries within NJBIZ’s parent company. A main part of Sharon’s job at NJBIZ was researching, interviewing and networking with entrepreneurs and business owners, as well as top government leaders. She also spoke at business events, and moderated panels of entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Sharon was a member of the 2011 class of Leadership New Jersey. She also did a year of full-time volunteer service in Washington, D.C., where she counseled people—often recent college graduates—about volunteer opportunities. Sharon has served in a variety of volunteer positions throughout her career, including lector at church, trustee at New Jersey Foundation for Aging, treasurer and spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and reader of citizens’ letters at the White House.