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Sharon Dauk Discusses Career Strategies in a Tough Economy

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<p>Sharon Dauk is a Managing Director of Dauk/Wagner Investments, LLC a private investment company she founded with her husband and partner in 1994. Dauk/Wagner Investments invests in and provides financial and strategic advice to early stage companies in a variety of industries. Of their portfolio companies, Sharon is on the Board of Dotmenu, Inc., holding company of Campusfood.com and Allmenus.com. Additionally, she works as an Executive Coach.</p> <p>Prior to forming Dauk/Wagner Investments, Sharon spent six years on Wall Street first at Smith Barney in their Mergers and Acquisition department and then at Morgan Stanley in their Corporate Finance Group with specific focus on large real estate transactions. </p> <p>Prior to that and after graduating from USC's Undergraduate Entrepreneurship program, Sharon started and managed a seminar workshop business in partnership with USC's business school. In 1987, Sharon became the first recipient of the Student Agencies Fellowship, which was jointly sponsored by the Johnson School and Student Agencies, a student-run organization whose mission is to provide real-world experience to Cornell students through starting and managing small businesses. During her Fellowship and while earning her MBA, Sharon founded and managed a small Venture Fund directed at student-run businesses; acted as "Mentor in Chief" to the student managers; and managed the re-development of 409 College Avenue, a mixed-use property owned by the organization. Sharon remains on the Board of Student Agencies and was Chair from 1995 through 2006. </p> <p>Sharon Dauk earned her undergraduate degree at University of Southern California and her MBA at Cornell University. </p>

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