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Sharon Joseph, J92

As co-founder and CEO of Harlem Lanes, a premier entertainment destination in New York City, Sharon is at the forefront of the economic revitalization of the northern Manhattan community of Harlem. Her passion for entrepreneurship and deep family roots in Harlem led to her desire to play a role in the rebirth of her historic neighborhood. Sharon joined forces with her aunt, Gail Richards, to make history. Opened in March 2006, Harlem Lanes is on 126th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and occupies the newly-renovated former vaudeville palace, the historic Alhambra Ballroom.
Harlem Lanes is the country’s first black women-built and owned bowling alley and the first bowling alley in Harlem in 30 years. Harlem Lanes is a 25,000 sq. feet entertainment duplex, featuring 24 lanes, a café, an upscale sports bar, a VIP lounge, a private children’s party room and an arcade. She also leverages Harlem Lanes to support social platforms important to her. She has partnered with local programs to use bowling to teach math and fight obesity in Harlem children. Harlem Lanes employs 45 – 50 people, almost all of whom are local and range from young teenagers to adults with families.

Before opening Harlem Lanes, Sharon had been a Wall Street executive for nearly a decade, advising wealthy individuals and institutions. Sharon leveraged her private banking and consulting relationships to raise $5 million to build Harlem Lanes.

Sharon is an active member of the Harlem Business Community. Among her notable achievements, she is an executive board member for the Women’s Alliance of Harlem and is also a member of President Clinton’s Urban Initiative Program. Sharon is a speaker and advisor in the Columbia Business School entrepreneurship program. She is currently in the process of raising money to open five new locations.
Born in the Caribbean and raised in Harlem, Sharon is a graduate of Tufts University and Columbia Business School. She lives in Harlem with her six-year old daughter.