Founder of Black Career Women's Network, Mom, Career Strategist, Speaker and native of Oklahoma City, Sherry Sims decided after working 12 years in the Human Resources industry as a Corporate Recruiter and HR Generalist it was time for a change. Working for corporations such as CVS Pharmacy, AT&T, and AOL/Time Warner, she wanted utilize her experience in a different way. When she made the transition in 2011 from Corporate Recruiter to Career Coach, she discovered a new passion for helping people strive for career success, specifically black women.
Why Black Career Women's Network was created
Inspired to create an online forum due to a lack of access to other professional black women for peer support and mentoring in her own career, Sherry created Black Career Women’s Network. The platform was originally established in 2008 as a LinkedIn group to dialogue, share experiences, and career advice. However, it wasn't until Sherry changed careers, the LinkedIn group began to gain traction.
In 2013, Sherry expanded Black Career Women's Network offline into a national organization with 30 online communities, exclusive list of Mentors, Coaches, and Experts to further develop its members in addition to providing local support. BCWN has been featured in online publications such as blackenterprise.com, CNBC.com, cosmo.com, madamenoire.com, and forharriett.com. Sherry has been featured in publications such as Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincy Chic, Cincinnati Herald and also appears on Cincinnati's FOX19 affiliate as a Careers Expert. In 2015, she was featured in Who's Who in Black Cincinnati, received the Honor of Woman of the Year by Zeta Phi Beta - Cincinnati Grad Chapter, Global Smasher Award by Cheryl Wood Empowers and held BCWN's first Annual Conference called Passion, Power & Pursuit.
Her Vision, Career Empowerment
"My vision for BCWN is to be the leading premier network that every African- American woman can utilize to find the level of support she needs to achieve her definition of success. As professional black women, we can learn from each other and we need this. There is not a magic formula for achieving success in your career. However, armed with the right strategies it's never too late achieve your professional goals." ~ Sherry Sims
I want every black woman to discover their purpose and gifts. My favorite quote from a well-known pastor says, "The life God gave you is larger than the life you've been living." For me, this quote is confirmation that we must strive to live our best life with the special gifts God has given us. It’s our job to discover what they are and use them to work in your purpose. I now know that I'm working in my true gifts, Trust who you are, know your worth, discover your strengths and work your purpose!
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Cincinnati HR officer-turned-entrepreneur transformed a LinkedIn group into a growing business.
When Sherry Sims created a LinkedIn group to connect black women seeking and offering career advice, she never thought her idea would turn into a business. “It wasn’t even on the radar,” Sims said of entrepreneurship. “I’m a mom first and a professional second.” Black Career Women’s Network is a growing business with a bustling online presence, and Sims doesn’t plan to stop there. Read Article