Sionic Director Sharde McCorkle from the firm’s Banking & Markets US team has won the ‘Rising Star’ award at the prestigious Asset Servicing Times Industry Excellence Awards 2022. The awards were presented on Friday 4th November at a ceremony in central London.
This is the second year in a row that Sharde has been nominated; she was previously shortlisted for the same award in the event’s inaugural year, 2021.
Sharde McCorkle says: “I am excited and honoured to have won this award. Throughout my career, I have been lucky to always find people who have supported, mentored and challenged me to be the very best I can be, and I hope to offer that same encouragement to others, wherever I can. I would like to thank the judges and the AST team for their recognition and my Sionic colleagues for all their encouragement and support.”
Speaking on behalf of the award organisers, the Co-Founder and Publisher of the Asset Servicing Times Justin Lawson commented: “Sharde McCorkle has impressed us for two years in a row, not only for her knowledge but also for her wider contribution to a range of activities that contribute towards the growth of others. It’s clear from her submission that she is already a respected expert in her field, with the potential to be a future industry leader. We look forward to seeing her career continue to rise.”
Sharde McCorkle – Career Summary
- With a passion for people, a BSc in Business Administration, and a MSc in adult training, Sharde spent the early year of her career working in HR for the largest healthcare provider in Western New York. But finance beckoned and she moved into junior customer service and retail operations at HSBC Bank. In 2009, Sharde joined the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) where she rose quickly from being an Asset Servicing Consultant to Corporate Actions Analyst, then Mandatory Corporate Actions Announcements & Proxy Manager for Global Operations and Client Services.
- 2017 saw Sharde become Corporate Actions Manager at Mediant, a leading provider of investor communications solutions to brokers, corporate issuers and funds where she helped to build an efficient processing platform to better serve clients and capture transactions. In 2019, Sharde joined Sionic, where she has quickly been promoted from Principal to Director in the Banking & Markets Practice. Sharde has recently been tasked with spearheading our Asset Servicing business with teams based in North Carolina, New York, and New Jersey where she is assembling a team of the industry’s best professionals and brightest practitioners.
- In addition to leading transformation programmes, planning, developing and implementing streamlined corporate actions platforms, and overhauling legacy systems for large broker-dealers, Sharde is currently assisting with the development of a robust corporate action focused training program to help meet an impending industry need. In addition, as the market prepares for the major impact of the industry’s move to a shortened T1 settlement cycle, Sharde and her practice colleagues are leveraging their knowledge, skills, and expertise to deliver a practical framework that not only supports the effort, but also steers the industry through this next wave of seismic change.
- Throughout her career, Sharde has been devoted to the betterment of herself, the industry, and others. She has served as part of the National Association of Professional Women, as an Educator in ‘Rock the Street’ and as part of the Charlotte Women’s Leaders network. Sharde is a passionate and proactive member of Sionic’s global Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion committee, where she champions gender focus initiatives and promotes racial equality practices. Her most recent endeavour includes studies and certification to enhance her knowledge and reinforce her personal experiences to make Sionic a demonstrative leader and champion of diversity, equity, inclusion, and in financial services.