Sharon Purcell has had a 25-year career in sales, marketing, business development and operations, working for both Fortune 100 organizations and early-stage healthcare companies. She has held leadership roles across multiple industries and has a strong track record of driving business transformation and growth in highly competitive markets.
Purcell has built business models and initiatives from the ground up and has breathed new life into failing or stalled initiatives leading to explosive growth. She is a 15-year veteran of GE, where she excelled at client needs assessment, relationship management, and strategic partnerships. Purcell worked under the leadership of Jack Welch, whose mission was to build a strong company by developing leaders with well-rounded business acumen and experience in multiple functional areas. Welch also encouraged cross-pollination to different GE P&Ls, resulting in Purcell’s diverse industry DNA. As Six Sigma & LEAN were core GE values, Purcell leveraged her certifications in these quality methodologies to create process improvement strategies for her clients and teams, increasing productivity and profitability.
While at GE, Purcell led Welch’s “Boundaryless” Cross-Sell Initiative across all GE P&Ls, managing a team of 5,000 sales reps to develop bundled customer solutions. She partnered with GE CEOs and brokered relationships with industry leaders and management to create a mainstream sales initiative that resulted in 700 new business contracts and $1 billion of incremental revenue in a single year. Purcell’s public speaking strengths accelerated rapid advancement of the initiative as she presented the Corporate Strategic Vision at companywide meetings across the nation.
In addition to her primary responsibilities at GE, she co-founded the GE Women’s Network, a business organization with the mission of fostering the professional development of female talent to attract, advance and retain successful women throughout the company. As a leader in the Network for ten years she helped fuel its growth, expanding the organization to 50,000 members globally. When she left the company, GE had reached the point where female leaders were responsible for generating $50 billion in revenue. She is enormously proud to have been part of such ground-breaking women’s empowerment.
Purcell believes this work was a vital stepping stone in the path of using her voice to change lives and make communities stronger. Her love of people and passion for leadership led her down a path of diverse career opportunities, many of which pointed her toward her “calling” to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Her expertise lies not only in her ability to translate company vision into compelling, values-based messaging, but also as an inspiring storyteller. Over the past decade, she discovered that her gifts as a compassionate leader and passionate public speaker and storyteller all stem from her primary gift as a healer. Purcell has since dedicated her focus to healthcare, the industry where she believes her voice can play a role in leading impactful change in the world.
Currently, Purcell is Chief of Staff for Nura Health, where she collaborates with a team of healthcare leaders working tirelessly to solve one of humanity’s most crippling challenges: healthcare. Nura Health is a healthcare informatics company that, by relentlessly pursuing wisdom through data, applies smart systems thinking to reveal what works, transforms lives and saves money. Purcell is committed to improving health outcomes, lowering healthcare costs, and enhancing the vitality of people and communities. She views the state of “wellness” as inclusive of an individual’s rich connectedness to themselves and their communities, and continues to pursue opportunities to encourage, motivate and inspire connectedness in the lives of all she encounters.
In addition to her leadership at Nura Health, she is the President of the Seattle Chapter of 4word, a global organization committed to connecting, leading and supporting women in the workplace to achieve their highest potential with confidence.
Purcell received her B.A. in English/Writing from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.