CEO File: Stay Curious, Engaged and Passionate
Name: Sharmain Matlock-Turner.
Title: President and CEO.
Company: Urban Affairs Coalition.
Description: The UAC develops programs, shares services and provides fiscal sponsorship to nonprofits.
Number of Employees: 400.
Budget in last fiscal 2011: $29 million.
Recent Project: Freedom Rings Partnership, a multi-year initiative to bring Internet access, computers and training to the underserved.
Education: Temple University bachelor’s degree in education.
First Job: Peach picker at age 12.
Little known fact: I learned to sew when I was 9. I made many of my own clothes. When I was 16 I designed a cocktail dress for my mother, just like the one she saw in the store.
Home: Mount Airy.
Essential business philosophy: It takes a team. In the nonprofit sector, doing more with less requires great teamwork.
Best way to keep a competitive edge: Stay curious, engaged and passionate about what you do.
Yardstick of success: Improving the lives of the people we serve.
Goal yet to be achieved: Expand the work of UAC regionally and nationally.
Best decision: Throwing my hat in the ring to compete for the UAC CEO job.
Worst decision: Hiring someone who turned out to be a poor fit.
Toughest decision: Telling people who have worked side-by-side with you that their jobs are being eliminated.
Mentor: I don’t have one person but several who advise and challenge me.
Word that best describes you: Coach. I love to see my “team” win.
Like best about your job: I work with talented individuals who love what they do and who teach me something new almost every day.
Like least about your job: Seeing people in need and not being able to help them.
Most important lesson learned: Growth and change are constant companions; they need to be understood and managed well.
Persons most interested in meeting: President Barack Obama to understand how he manages a work life balance and Oprah Winfrey to make a case for UAC funding.
First choice for a new career: Trash Czar of Philadelphia. I’d love to walk or drive around Philadelphia — especially our neighborhoods — and see them trash-free.
Award most proud of: I am looking forward to getting the “grandmother of the year award.”
Most influential book: “Good to Great” by Jim Collins; “Outliers” and “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell; “Death By Meeting” by Patrick Lencioni; “Practically Radical” by Bill Taylor and “Native Son” by Richard Wright.
Favorite movie: I really enjoy television mini-series. Right now I’m watching “Treme” and “The Killing.”
Favorite restaurant: Relish Restaurant in West Oak Lane.
Favorite vacation spot: Aruba and my own backyard.
Car you drive: Toyota Solara, convertible.