Sharol Tyra's Background

                        Reflections on Becoming a Coach

     In retrospect, I realize that my affinity for coaching has always been a part of my life...personally, professionally, and in my community work. 

People have always looked to me for leadership, so it was natural for me to earn the rigorous certification I needed to make a transition to coach, mentor and entrepreneur. Even so, I experienced the thrill of change, and now I am dedicated to help others discover how they, too, can change their lives in ways they never dreamed were possible.

     My trailblazer clients are discovering that to find the "True Essence" of their lives, they need to learn how to connect body, mind and Spirit and soul. And when they achieve this state, it is like turning on a bright light that enhances their self-esteem, image and sharpens their ability to positively redirect their lives.

     This is what my coaching is all about. If you are searching for this kind of life enriching experience, please call on me to help.

    That's it for today, Sharol.


To find the "True Essence of life" you need to learn how to connect body, mind, Spirit, 
and soul. When you ac
hieve this state, it is like turning on a bright light that enhances

your ability to be with others. The issue most people have is making this life Essence connection, and that is where a certified coach can offer an invaluable service.

Sharol Tyra Biography




                                                 PROFESSIONAL CERTIFIED COACH & MAKEUP ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

                                                       Sharol Tyra, BSN, PCC, MUA


Summary of Experience:    


Sharol is a high-energy leader who applies her over 35 years of education and professional experience to coaching and developing leaders from the inside out. Sharol has worked with leaders from several companies including: American Academy of Neurology, Baptist Health System, Minnesota Department of Health, Health Dimensions, Lutheran Brethren Homes, Augsburg College, Hennepin County Government, City of St. Cloud, Mobius Investments, American Financial Marketing, Foley and Mansfield Law, and Vantage Point Partners which gives her the business acumen to coach leaders from varied industries! She is known for her ability to connect with professionals and create environments for rapid learning and sustained change to move forward.   


As an Instructor at her alma mater Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Sharol designed and taught Health & Wellness Coaching Skills. As an Assistant Trainer at her alma mater The Coaches Training Institute’s (CTI) Leadership Program and Coaching Programs, Sharol role-modeled leadership and coaching with global leaders and coaches, respectively. As a Clinic Nursing Supervisor at a Fairview, Sharol supervised, motivated and trained nurses and support staff, managed daily operations, and collaboratively planned health care delivery.  As Principal Administrative Aide for a Hennepin County Commissioner, Sharol provided senior level administrative support services, public relations and strategic planning. As a Charge Nurse and Staff Nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), Sharol provided leadership, education and nursing care. She won the Pierce Trust Fund Award, “Outstanding HCMC Nurse of the Year!”


Sharol is an internationally certified coach, makeup artist, and founder of Life Illumination Coaching & Image. Sharol received significantly increased revenue 5 of the past 7 years. She is consistently above the industry standard! She has hired coaches for herself over the past fifteen years – Sharol walks her talk!  She has worked with leaders using various assessment and development tools, including DiSC, Insights, Myers-Briggs, and Strengths Finder. Sharol is a highly effective facilitator who has created and presented development curriculums and activities for first time managers to senior level executives. Happy coaching clients are partnering with Certified Coach Sharol for over 13 years, and a couple business clients returned for their 3rd round! 


Sharol is married to wonderful Dan and the mother of one precious son, Blake.  She also enjoys playing with their dog, Wellington, cross-training fitness, singing alto in canticle choir, lifelong volunteer, reading, perennial flower gardening, gourmet cooking, coffee with friends, and scenic, iconic vacations Globetrotter. 



Recent coaching engagements:

  Successful succession planning with team navigated inspite of today's market volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity 

  Small business owner & director gained clarity of deeper passions and changes needed. Grew business by writing, editing,
          critiquing for other writers. Persevered through rejections until book accepted by a publisher  

  Chief physician questioning, “What’s next?” while at the top is his medical practice

  Physician from abroad to understand and navigate culture in a large medical center

  Certified Nurse Practitioner to embark on big dreams in every dimension of life, including a doctoral degree and increased net worth

  Director of Nursing to be a versatile leader by balancing visionary, strategic and operational approaches

  VP of large medical solutions company for leadership advancement and authenticity

  CEO of management firm to re-engineer his entrepreneurial Spirit for changing markets and infrastructure and
          resolve health issues

  Director in government for new position in a larger municipality and more courage

  Entrepreneurial small business owner to navigate growing the business and better his serving clients



Education and Honors  (partial list)  

   Certificate, Advanced Communication Skills for Coaches, 15 hrs, Founding member & Author, CoachVille, NJ

   Certificate, Leading Empowered Organizations (LEO), 18 hrs, Creative Health Care Management, MN

   Certificate, Health Coach, Chronic Care Professional, 14 hrs, HealthSciences Institute & PartersInImpr, FL

   Graduate, Apprentice and Graduate Programs; National Speakers Association, NSA-MN

   Certificate, Residential Coaching Programs; Personal Development & Coaching Series, Lucid Living, CA

   Certificate, Residential Leadership Program, 6 ACE Cr; Certification, Certified Professional Co-active
         Coach (CPCC);  Graduate, Advanced Coach Curriculum, The Coaches Training Institute, CA

   Certification, Professional Certified Coach (PCC); Continuing Ed Cr., International Coach Federation (ICF)

   Bachelors of Science, Nursing (Honors Program Graduate, Summa Cum Laude), PHN, Augsburg, MN




"Sharol is an intuitive and skillful master at identifying the patterns, behaviors and perceptions that people unconsciously let get in their own way of achieving their goals.  She is fearless and sensitive at getting to the heart of the matter in a way that feels safe and nonjudgmental.  Sharol is a dynamic executive coach with the enthusiasm of a cheerleader, the kindness and intuitiveness of a nurse, and fearless brashness of an athletic coach.  Her energy is magnetic and always leaves me wanting more.  Sharol's approach to life coaching seamlessly guides clients through self-exploration, discovery, strategy and transformation in a way that feels very naturally customized and not textbook. Every meeting with Sharol is a new deeper discovery of myself and leaves me with a better awareness of the possibilities within myself and a richer relationship with others."

Cathy, Director, June 13, 2012




Publications, Awards and Affiliations: 

  Quoted, How to Get Unstuck in Your Career. Marcia Frellick. Health Callings, 2013.

  Quoted, The Job Interview: Top Interviewing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them. Tim Streeter.  AAN Assets, 2012.

  Quoted, So, Tell Me About Yourself: How to Survive and Succeed in the Physician Job Interview.
           by Gina Shaw.  Neurology Today, 2012.   

  Author, My “Aha” moment.  Jeffrey Gitomer’s Sales Caffeine, 2011     

  Author, Coaching Nurses: A Real Example... and The Value of Co-active...  Creative Nursing Journal, 2008

  Author, How to Improve Your Job Satisfaction… (2 Cr), ND The Prairie Rose, and MN Nursing Accent, 2002

  Featured, Pathways: Sharol Tyra helps nurses get "unstuck."  In Care of Nurses StarTribune Newsl, 2001.

  Featured, Television News Story, Coach for Life, KSTP-TV, 2001.


  Star Award, 2008, Rep. MnSCU Nursing Project; member, Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing



Gets To the Heart of Matters                                                                                                         Brings Joy   


Awards, Leadership, and Volunteer Community Involvement 

 My volunteer contributions span over the past fourty years. Volunteer journeys enrich my life creating growth, living balance, sharing unconditional love, deep reflection, tolerance for ambiguity and living unsolved questions, and moreover enhancing the lives of other people!  By entering into another person's internal struggles, hidden strengths were discovered resulting in life-changing experiences!  
Life is a heartfelt, trusting instincts, mindful and successful journey of allowing Spirit and your inner voice to evolve.  What we choose to believe will ultimately create our world!


Volunteer Business Coach, The Forum on Workplace Inclusion (FWI). Provided one-on-one coaching services in mock interview clinics. Co-developed and practiced elevator pitches with job seekers. Minneapolis, Mar 2015 and Mar 2014.



2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist; 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year
Semi-finalist; Leadership Council 2015-present, and Ambassador 2015-
Member 2013-present -- TwinWest Chamber of Commerce,

                                 Plymouth, MN  


Representative, ICF Minnesota Board of Directors, Global Leadership Coaching Forum, International Coach Federation (ICF): Atlanta, GA 2015; Rio de Janerio,
                          Brazil Nov 2014; Minneapolis, MN 2013; London, UK, Oct 2012. 

                          Professional Certified Coach, PCC 2005 - present 

                             Volunteer writer, Marketing Committee, ICF Midwest Regional Conference, Minneapolis, 205-16.

                                Onsite volunteer, Registration Committee, ICF Midwest Regional Conference, Minneapolis, Jun 2013.

                                    Room Host, ICF Conferences (Las Vegas l London), Sub-committee Programs, ICF, 2011-2012.

Past President, President-President Elect 2014-2015; Director of Sponsorship 2011-2013, Executive Board of Directors, ICF Minnesota. Several ctes. Member 2000 - present.


2015 award nomination Excellence in Leadership; Advisor & Past Appointed Chair Steering Cte Elevate For Success 2014-2016 (formerly Women’s Leadership Forum) (Collaboratively developing business leaders, 25+ attendees/monthly); Appreciation of Service Plaque, June 2010 - Chair Person and Facilitator Rogers Networking Meeting twice a month with record high attendance! 2009-2010. Ambassador 2016–present & 2006-2009. -- I-94 West Chamber of Commerce, Rogers, MN


Canticle Choir, Job Transition Group - Image Consultant (in-kind); Ad Hoc Ctes. Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2015 to present.

Star Award, Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing, MOLN, 2008.
  Representative serving The MnSCU Nursing Project.  In recognition of your commitment to volunteering and dedication to influencing health care by advancing professional nursing leadership.


Appointed Assistant, Leadership Training Team, CTI Co-Active Residential Leadership Program, Tohora community,     2005-2006.

Appointed Steering Cte member, The C.A.L.L. Learning/Retreat Committee, 2003 to 2009. 

                                                      Co-actively with leaders plan logistics, presenters and coordinate an annual leadership retreat. 
                                                      Co-Master of Ceremonies-Open Mic Night.

Band Aide for The Herd Buffalo High School Marching Band, Chair Party Planner, Guest Reader, Health Screening Team, Ad Hoc committees, Hanover Elementary School, 2002 to present.



Adult Choir, Visioning-Transition Task Force, and Ad Hoc Committees member, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 2001 to 2015.


Volunteer Assistant, Leadership Training Team, Coaches Training Institute (CTI), 2001 to 2008.


Co-Lead, and Presenter; Program Committee member, ICF Minnesota (formerly Minnesota Coaches Association) 2001; 2005-2006.


Appreciation of Service Plaque, Appointed Advisory member, Mental Health Board, Wright County, 2000-2005.

Served Wright County residents, District #3.  Analyzed programs and policies for adult and children's Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Chemical Dependency.


Appreciation of Service PlaqueExecutive Board of Directors, Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council, 2000-2005.
I felt privileged to represent the City of Hanover, MN. As the Board governs the Council, difficult decisions have been made regarding policy, programs, finances, legal, property, and business affairs.


Program Committee member, Hollydale Women's Golf League, 2000-2001.


Commendation. 1999.  Hennepin County.  Outstanding contribution.


Member, Business Advisory Committee, Hennepin County Vocational Services Program, 1998.


Youth Mentor, Big Brothers Big Sisters; and formerly served on the Communications Committee of United For Youth in Hanover, Buffalo, & Montrose, 1997-2003.
Promoted health youth and healthy communities. Assisted in youth asset development.  
Big Sister relationship with a delightful pre-teen girl.


Appointed Advisory member, School District #279 Human Sexuality Advisory Committee, 1997-1998. 
Developed AIDS/HIV prevention and sex education curriculum for grades K-12.

Program Committee member, Fox Hollow Golf League, 1997-1998.

Co-chair Membership Committee, Public Policy member, Minnesota Public Health Association, 1996-2002. 


Pierce Family Trust Fund Award, 1995.  Hennepin County Medical Center.
Outstanding Nurse of the Year!


Chair and Vice Chair, Appointed member, Alternate for Health Commissioner, Hennepin County Community Health Advisory Committee, 1995-2001.
Analyzed public health programs and policies.  Grant Reviewer.  Recommended action plan to County Commissioners.
     "I have been sincerely impressed by Sharol's insight and understanding of the significant public health issues that are affecting both Hennepin          County and the State."
Dr. Rich Lussky, Committee member; Former colleague @ Henn. Co; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics @ U of M; Pres. MN Perinatal Org.

Hennepin County  (6A) Resolution No. 01-4-230
The following Resolution was offered by Commissioner Tambornino, seconded by Commissioner Steele:

Whereas, Ms. Sharol Tyra enthusiastically served as a member of the Hennepin County Community Health Services Advisory Committee for the maximum six year term; and

Whereas, Ms. Tyra enthusiastically participated on the Community Health Services Advisory Committee, by becoming a member in 1995, serving as board chair in 1996, and giving additional volunteer time to various sub-committees; and

Whereas, Ms Tyra unselfishly shared time, energy, and experience from her considerable health and educational background to deal with public health issues and promote change and heighten awareness.

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners expresses it’s sincerest appreciation to Ms. Sharol Tyra for her significant, long term contributions to the Hennepin County Community Health Services Advisory Committee and for her overall contributions to improving the public health of the people of Hennepin County. 


Public Policy Committee member, Initiative for Violence Free Families in Hennepin County, 1994-1998.
Sponsored a forum resulting in greater use of resources and shift of program accountability.


Volunteer member, HIV/STD Prevention Planning Project, Minnesota Department of Health, 1994.
Recognized crucial connections for HIV/STD prevention between the state and community levels.  Instrumental in liaising between MDH, HCMC ambulatory clinics, and individual women in the community.


Walker & top 200 Fundraiser, Multiple Sclerosis Super Cities Walk, 1994.


Volunteer Dinner Server, Nicollet Lanes and Incarnation House, Dec 25, 1993.


Chair, Augsburg Nurses' Alumni Association, Augsburg College, 1993-1995.


Chair Exhibits Committee; Program, and Gala Committee, Sigma Theta TauInternational Honor Society of Nursing, 1993-1994.


Politically Active, 1992 to present.


Volunteer Trainer, Supervisor of Support Group Facilitators, Co-Facilitator, Chrysalis: A Center For Women, 1992-2002.
Supervised facilitators by coaching, consultation, training and performance appraisals.  Created supportive group space.
     "Sharol is the ideal supervisor. She is accessible, respectful, & shares helpful, practical ideas. She is an excellent mentor - always willing to share her wisdom -- & genuinely interested in the continued growth of our group & the women she supervises."
Jane*, Facilitator, Supervised her at Chrysalis


Volunteer RN, U.S. Open, Hazeltine Championship Golf Club, 1991.


Volunteer RN, Health Fair 11, 1988, 1989, 1992.


Volunteer CPR Instructor, YMCA, 1986-1998.



Chair, Vice Chair, Member-at-large, Sub-committees member, Sundance Women's Golf League, 1985-1997.


Volunteer RN, West Suburban Teen Clinic (The Annex), 1984-1992.
Proven ability to connect with adolescents undergoing maturational changes and redefining their independence.

Volunteer RN, Minnesota State Fair, American Red Cross, 1983.


Chair, Liaison, Multi-disciplinary Committees, Oral Board Panels, Hennepin County Medical Center, 1980-1999.
Recipient of the Pierce Family Trust Award, "Outstanding HCMC Nurse of the Year, 1995" for excellence in clinical practice, education, leadership, and professional and community involvement.


Neighborhood Clubs: Bible, Crafts, Cards, 1979 to present.


Usher, Retreat Planning member, Ad Hoc Committees, Loaves & Fishes with Holy Rosary, Faith Presbyterian Church, 1976-2000.


Captain Cheerleading Squad, Sub-committees member, Hopkins Lindbergh Senior High School, 1976-1978.


Junior Volunteer "Candy Striper", Methodist Hospital, 1974-1977.
Where my love of volunteering began!   Featured in the publication, The Pace Maker, August 1974. 


Additional organizations that Life IlluminationTM  gave charitable donations to:

  • Arthritis Walk Twin Cities
  • Augsburg College Nurses' Alumni Association
  • Breast Cancer Awareness, 3-Day
  • CTI's Co-Active Space Leadership Marathon
  • Chrysalis: A Center For Women
  • Congo Healing Program in Mumosho, DRC  
  • Delano Chamber of Commerce
  • Dragonfly Project
  • Give and Live at the Children's Garden Orphanage
  • Hanover Harvest Festival
  • Hennepin Medical Society
  • I-94 West Chamber of Commerce 
  • ICF Minnesota (formerly Minnesota Coaches Association)
  • InnerConnections Inspired Women's Retreat
  • Lord of Life Lutheran Church
  • Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation
  • Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing (MOLN)
  • Minnesota Women’s Consortium
  • Northwest Athletic Club/Wellbridge
  • Rivers of Hope
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
  • Leaders Summit (formerly The C.A.L.L. Co-Active Leaders Link)
  • Third District Minnesota Nurses Association
  • Twin Cities Men’s Center
  • TwinWest Chamber of Commerce



There is a quiet voice

that comes from the center

of your being.

It can be easily drowned

by the chorus of a negative world.

Only in the stillness

that lies inside you

can you hear it speaking softly…

speaking the wisdom

you have always known.

You have a strong,

beautiful spirit within you…

let it be your guide.   

                        -- Unknown Author