HBJ Women Who Mean Business

Women Who Mean Business: Sharon Birkman, CEO at Birkman International

Sharon Birkman is one of the Houston Business Journal’s 2018 Women Who Mean Business honorees in the Outstanding Business Leader in Professional Services category. Sharon spoke with Natalie Harms of HBJ about challenges she’s faced in her career, her biggest influences, and what most people don’t know about her.

Sharon Birkman, president and CEO at Birkman International

Category: Outstanding Business Leader in Professional Services

Education: Bachelor’s, University of Houston; Master’s, University of Texas Harvard Business School

Years in the industry: 22

Boards and affiliations: Board of directors, Houston Public Media Foundation; board of directors, Goodwill Industries; Chapelwood United Methodist Church; board of directors for Escape Family Resources

Read Sharon’s full interview with Natalie regarding her selection to the 2018 Women Who Mean Business list.


EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

Sharon Birkman Fink Recognized with the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Gulf Coast Award

Ernst and Young has been awarding the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award for 30 years. The award is one of the most prestigious and established awards that an entrepreneur can receive. Each year, Ernst and Young reviews many companies and entrepreneurs, selecting only the highest performing for this award.

Sharon Birkman Fink was a nominee for the award and attended the regional gala in Houston on June 16, 2016 at the Hilton Americas with her family and colleagues. At the event, she won in the Family Business category for carrying on the legacy of her father, Dr. Roger Birkman, and continuing to grow adoption of The Birkman Method® worldwide. Sharon Birkman Fink is proud to be an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Gulf Coast Award winner and will attend the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs in November.

The Birkman press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/07/prweb13525217.htm

The Ernst and Young press release: http://www.ey.com/us/en/newsroom/news-releases/news-ey-announces-winners-for-the-ey-eoy-2016-gulf-coast-area-award

2016 houston best and brightest

Birkman Wins for Third Consecutive Year as 2016 Houston Best and Brightest® Company

Birkman is delighted to announce that we’ve won the 2016 Houston Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® award – our third consecutive win at the local level.

Birkman was founded in Houston in 1951 by Dr. Roger Birkman, and his legacy is carried forward by his daughter Sharon Birkman Fink and granddaughter Amy Shepley. As a family company that works closely with organizational development and human resources departments, it is deeply ingrained in Birkman to take care of the employees that constitute the company. With flex schedules, monthly birthday celebrations, ample PTO, and company-sponsored professional development, the employees at Birkman receive cutting-edge HR benefits.

The Best and Brightest® organization assesses the HR commitment that companies make to attract and retain top performing talent. Companies that are graded the highest by their own team members are chosen for the Best and Brightest® award, which reflects an excellence in company culture.

To see who else won in the Houston competition and to learn more about the award, follow this link: http://101bestandbrightest.com/events/houstons-2017-best-brightest-companies-work/winners/?winyear=118

2015 Best and Brightest Companies

Birkman Wins Nationally in 2015 Best and Brightest Companies® Competition

Birkman wins for the second year in a row at the national level in the 2015 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition.  In the competition, companies are graded by their own employees for their human resources initiatives and overall morale. As a personality assessment company, Birkman is committed to developing a rich culture for employees that motivates, challenges, and rewards productivity. Birkman heavily uses our own assessment within the company so that coworkers are more aware of each others’ needs for better internal communication and mutual understanding.

To learn more about the Best and Brightest competition and to see the complete list of 2015 National winners, follow this link: http://101bestandbrightest.com/events/national-best-brightest-webinar-attract-retain-top-talent/winners/?winyear=121

2016 houston best and brightest

2015 Houston Best and Brightest Company® Award Given to Birkman

Birkman is a leading company in the personality assessment field and has been helping individuals and organizations unlock potential and solve workforce issues since 1951. Birkman is a family-run company in the HR space, so it makes sense that people are a primary focus within the culture at Birkman.

The 2015 Houston Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® award is given to organizations in the Greater Houston area that lead their industries with a superior commitment to human resources. Birkman won both at the local and national level in 2014, so winning again in 2015 further solidifies Birkman as an innovator in human resources – both with our assessment product and with our internal culture.

To see a full list of which organizations in the Houston area won the 2015 award, visit the Best and Brightest® website: http://101bestandbrightest.com/events/houstons-2017-best-brightest-companies-work/winners/?winyear=121

2015 Best and Brightest Companies

Birkman Chosen as a 2014 National Best & Brightest Company to Work For®

Each year, the Best and Brightest® organization interviews employees at companies to gauge overall company morale and human resources practices. Based on work-life balance, enrichment opportunities, diversity, and more, the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® award goes to companies that are leaders in attracting top talent through their HR initiatives. Birkman won not only at the Houston level in 2014, but was also awarded at the national level.

Check out the list of the 2014 National 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For here: http://101bestandbrightest.com/events/national-best-brightest-webinar-attract-retain-top-talent/winners/?winyear=120#

2016 houston best and brightest

Birkman Named as a 2014 Houston Best and Brightest Company®

Birkman is proud to be chosen as a 2014 Houston Best and Brightest Company to Work For®! As a part of the selection process, the Best and Brightest® organization gathered feedback from Birkman employees regarding the work/life balance, professional development opportunities, benefits, and overall culture of the company. This data was compared to feedback from employees at other organizations in Houston, and Birkman was consistently rated higher by internal staff.

Investing in human capital and spending the time to properly motivate employees is what we encourage other companies to do by using The Birkman Method® assessment – it’s only natural that we make the same investments in our team members to encourage both individual and company growth.

If you wish to learn more about the criteria for Best and Brightest Companies and see the other Houston organizations that were named, click here: http://101bestandbrightest.com/events/houstons-2017-best-brightest-companies-work/winners/?winyear=120