The holidays are a time when we often find ourselves reflecting on two major aspects of our lives – what we’ve accomplished personally and professionally over the past year, as well as endeavors and goals for the future. These are two of the pieces that define who we are, and the closing of one chapter and beginning of another inevitably leads us to consider where we are, and where we want to be. For me, I make an effort at the end of each year to reevaluate my time and commitments, identifying ways that I can become a more generous and giving person in the year to come. Here’s what I’ve learned about fostering gratitude and generosity.

Giving in your Work

I have the incredible opportunity to not only work alongside my parents, but work toward the goal of giving every student the best education possible. This is the gift that keeps on giving and one that I get to spend each day of the year trying to achieve. Finding a way to work and fulfill a passion to help others and make a difference in the world is something I feel so fortunate to find and have – but I understand that not everyone’s career path easily lends itself to the same. I encourage you to assess what parts of your job motivate you to give 100% and make you feel good about the service you provide, and then consider how you can make it an even larger part of your role and responsibility.

Giving at Work

Giving to others provides a strong sense of happiness and community when we make the time to do it. Many companies, in fact, build giving initiatives into their company culture by promoting strong Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) practices. These initiatives bring a positive impact to the community, as well as help to foster a sense of teamwork and togetherness among a company’s employees. At Huntington Learning Center, we partner with the Coalition for the Homeless every back-to-school season to collect thousands of school supplies to help make every student’s return to school a little bit easier. We build these initiatives into our corporate calendars throughout the year, and we encourage our 300+ franchisees to do the same in their own communities. Creating a schedule and providing structure for people to give and share their talents and passions helps your team follow through on your goals for helping the community.

Giving to Your Team

Day in and day out our teams come together and work hard to achieve the goals and benchmarks that we give them and set together. It is important to remember their needs and motivations, and to reward and acknowledge their efforts whenever possible. Take the time to reflect on how your team has gone above and beyond and recognize that – maybe it’s a simple email to staff, a lunch outing or a gesture that shows you appreciate them. Even small acknowledgements can go a long way.


  • Anne Huntington Sharma

    President and Board Member, Huntington Learning Center

    Anne Huntington Sharma is the President and a Board Member of Huntington Learning Center, the nation's leading tutoring and test prep provider. Anne oversees business strategy and growth initiatives, including partnerships, marketing, digital and technological transformation, and franchise development.  Anne is involved in the arts as a collector, producer, philanthropist, curator, and founder of AMH Industries, a creative agency for contemporary art and culture. She is an associate producer on the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary, 'The Price of Everything’ and an associate producer on the documentary ‘The Art of Making It’. To date, Anne has curated more than 30 exhibits across the country and raised over $30 million for various philanthropic causes. Additionally, Anne is active with arts, education, and business organizations. She is a board member for the Learning Disabilities Association of America, Art Advisory Board member for NYC’s Coalition for the Homeless, member of the Women’s Franchise Committee for the International Franchise Association, member of the International Director’s Council at the Guggenheim Museum, and a founding member of the Future Leadership Council at the Whitney Museum. For her service, Anne has been recognized by SmartCEO, Apollo Magazine, and Moves Magazine. She has also been honored as a Woman of Wonder by Franchise Dictionary Magazine, named to the NJBIZ Education Top 50 list, as well as the NJBIZ 40 under 40. Most recently, Anne was named one of NJBIZ’s Best 50 Women in Business and was awarded the Silver distinction for the American Business Awards, Maverick category. Anne received her BA from Colgate University.