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EDUCATION
  • M.A. in Theology (Sociology of Religion: Catholocism and Islam), Florida State University, 1973
  • B.A. in Theology (The Humanities and Medieval History), University of South Florida, 1969
  • Medical Terminology Certificate, First Coast Technical College, St. Augustine, Florida, 2010

EXPERIENCE

  • 30 years of public speaking, both national and international
  • 30 years of editing for publication and in-house communications

HONORS

  • George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language, 1980
  • International Who's Who of Authors and Writers, 1997
  • Who's Who in America, 1986-1996
  • World's Who's Who of Women, 1981-1996
  • National Writer's Union, 1986-1996

COMPUTER LITERACY

  • Windows, PhotoShop, FrontPage, WS-Ftp Pro
  • Microsoft Office (Word; Access; Excel: Publisher; PowerPoint)

 

 

 

 

 

 
BIOGRAPHY

 
Sheila Therese Harty used to describe herself as an Irish Catholic, Military Brat, Girl Scout, Hippie; however, she must also add Theologian, Lecturer, Author, and Editor. Her answer to "where are you from?" is "conceived in Italy, born in Germany, and weaned in England."  Her 40th move was to Florida where she currently works.
 
Harty had a classical liberal arts education when that included Latin. Choosing to study theology because it asks the largest and most interesting questions, she earned a B.A. and M.A. with a major in Catholicism, a minor in Islam, and a thesis in Judaism. Yet quantum physics and chaos theory come closer to defining her concept of God. Her intellectual mentors are Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Alfred North Whitehead, and Ivan Illich.
 
Harty employed her theology degrees within the political field as "applied ethics." She worked with former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark on his New York Senate Campaign and then for 20 years in Washington, D.C., as a public interest policy advocate. She was administrator for 10 years at Ralph Nader's Center for Study of Responsive Law.
 
Harty is a published and award-winning author. Her investigative research with Nader was published as Hucksters in the Classroom: A Review of Industry Propaganda in Schools, which won the 1980 George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language. The Hucksters book brought Harty speaking engagements around the world as well as television and radio appearances, including the Today Show with Phil Donahue, National Public Radio, Canadian and Australian Broadcasting, and the BBC. Her consulting work included contracts with the International Organization of Consumers Unions (The Hague), Consumer Association of Penang (Malaysia), Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations (Geneva), and National Adult Education Association (Dublin).
 
After her Nader years, she worked as Director of the Corporate Initiatives Division at the National Wildlife Federation and then as Communications Director for a national science literacy project at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During her last 15 years in Washington, D.C, she worked primarily as an editor, first on staff with the Congressional Budget Office and then on freelance contracts, including with the World Bank, United Nations University, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Time-Life Books, U.S. Catholic Conference, National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Association of Retired Persons, Northeast Missouri State University, Carroll Publishing Company, and former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.
 
Upon leaving her political work in D.C., Harty resuscitated her theology degrees with a lecture series throughout NE Florida and SE Georgia, primarily with Unitarian Universalist fellowships. For awhile, she was also an Adjunct Faculty member with St. Leo University, teaching "The Catholic Tradition." She continues to work as a freelance editor, including contracts with Penguin-Dutton Publishers, the Annie E. Casey Foundation (Baltimore, Maryland), Ocean Energy Institute (Rockland, Maine).
 
Harty is online from St. Augustine, Florida, where she is available for speaking and editing contracts.
 
AVAILABILITY

Harty's SPEAKING Schedule requires advance booking of no less than 30 days.  Fees vary based on audience, location, and length or type of talk.  Travel requires reimbursement of expenses and/or mileage at AAA or IRS  recommended rates.

Harty's EDITING clients can submit work for assessment of time-on-task and hourly or flat fee based on quality of writing and the extent of finished product.