Sharon Rossmark is the Chief Executive Officer of Women And Drones, the premier global platform featuring women who are disrupting, innovating and shaping the future of the drone industry. She is also a FAA Certified Drone Pilot. In 2018 and 2019, the company was listed as one of the “Top 100 Companies To Watch” in the drone industry by UAV Coach, a leading online drone information website.
Sharon is an international speaker, panelist and facilitator on the topics of drones, board governance and mentoring. She has taken the stage to share her passion for drones from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC to the World of Drones Congress in Brisbane, Australia.
The organization’s educational theme centers on “learning through the wonders of flying robots.™” The focus is on collaborating with community and educational programs to incorporate drones into STEM programming for youth with an emphasis on engaging girls.
She is the co-author of several books introducing young children to drones. The first three books “Fun with Drones”, “Drone Girls and the Air Show Adventure” and “Drone Girls And The Wonders Of Whale Snot” are available in English and Spanish. Most of the characters in the books are girls which is a purposeful, important part of their commitment to engaging more girls in STEM and aviation.
Ms. Rossmark serves on various boards, including Special Olympics Illinois and the board of trustees at Illinois State University. She also serves on the advisory board for The Canadian Drone Institute, the CompTIA Drone Advisory Council and InterDrone. As a governance geek, she is a regularly featured speaker on nonprofit board governance for the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Her industry professional affiliations include Women in Aviation International, the Academy of Model Aeronautics and Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).
Sharon earned her MBA from University of Illinois – Chicago and her BS from Illinois State University.
To support the women and men who protect our freedom, she has established an endowed scholarship to support US military soldiers and veterans majoring in business at Illinois State University.