Sharon R. Pinder is an executive, businesswoman, entrepreneur, professor and public servant, who serves as the director of the Mayor’s Office for Minority and Women-Owned Business Development for the City of Baltimore since May 2012. During the first two years with the City of Baltimore, Pinder created the first Mayor’s Advisory Council, won a $900,000 first time grant from the US Dept of Commerce to create a Minority Business Development Agency Business Center, and created the City’s first minority business development week along with the first City-sponsored mentor/protege program.
A recipient of numerous awards, in 2013, Pinder was inducted into the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber’s Business Hall of Fame. In 2014, The Sharon Pinder Scholarship Award for Entrepreneurship was created at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).
Pinder is a graduate of both Leadership Maryland ’98 and the Greater Baltimore Leadership ‘14 programs and in 2004 was recognized as the Outstanding Leader of the Year by Leadership Maryland, Inc.
Married to Reginald Pinder, they have two children (Reginald Jr., deceased) and Biah.
On Controlling Your Future, Mrs. Pinder will discuss what it was like growing up in Baltimore and how she stayed on track to reach her goals.