About Us

Black Career Women's Network (BCWN) is a national career development organization dedicated to fostering the professional growth of black women.  Est. 2012

What We Do

Since 2012, we have helped thousands of Black Career Women across the country gain clarity and confidence to execute proven strategies that can create the change they want to see in their careers. Our methodology is comprised of 4 essential career components to help women take a deeper dive into personal and professional growth, understand how to navigate the workplace, and manage their careers to experience career advancement and fulfillment!

Our Values  

Resilience: Despite obstacles, we face challenges armed with tools, confidence, and strategy.

Advocacy: We speak up with clarity and truth. Advocating for ourselves and what we want

Transparency: Sharing our stories of success, failures, challenges, and more is how we inspire others.

Strategic: We believe in the power of taking action with planning and execution to achieve our desired goals.

Community: Rallying around each other to foster a sense of belonging, sisterhood, and connection

Guiding Principles 

We believe...

  • Career Empowerment begins when you gain clarity about your professional self and define your own career path.
  • Changing the perceptions and stereotypes of how Black Women are perceived in and out of the workplace.
  • Pull back the layers of fear and crush negative self-beliefs to build confidence and believe in the value of your worth.
  • Talking about challenging workplace issues that can delay you from reaching your full potential.
  • Whether you are in an entry-level or c-suite position, an entrepreneur, or a celebrity, we are Black Career Women.

 

Sherry Sims - BCWN Founder and CEO

After working over two decades in the Human Resources industry as a Talent Acquisition professional,  Sherry desired to utilize her experience differently and became a Career Coach. During this time, she discovered a passion for helping people strive for career success, specifically black women.

Inspired in 2009 to create an online forum due to a lack of access to black female mentors, Sherry created a Linkedin group and named it Black Career Women's Network. The purpose was to connect with other black women and obtain career advice. The group did not gain traction until she became a Career Coach. That's when black women began to seek her out for career advice. She soon discovered that other professional black women like herself were experiencing similar or various challenges in the workplace. With her newfound passion, she decided to expand Black Career Women's Network offline into a national organization that offers career resources, community, coaching and mentoring to develop its members further and provide exclusive support.  Since 2012, Black Career Women's Network has helped thousands of Black Women across the country gain clarity and confidence to execute proven strategies to create the change they want to see in their careers. Helping women to take a deeper dive into personal and professional growth, understand how to navigate the workplace, and manage their careers to experience career empowerment and fulfillment.

Sherry has received numerous awards and appears on Cincinnati's FOX19 affiliate as a Careers Expert. Her expert advice has been featured in various national print and digital publications such as Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise, US News, The New York Times, CNBC, and more. In addition to local publications in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she resides. Such as  Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincy Chic, Cincinnati Herald, WLWT 5, and Who's Who Cincinnati. Sherry was listed as one of the Top 20 Career Coaches to follow in 2020.    Read More about Sherry 

What Members are saying.......

Check out what are our members are saying about us!

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Frances Lewis VP at Cox Communications

I am also glad I was able to join the webcast. The conversations were enlightening and the panel was great. Also, another invaluable quote to write down is, "ask for what you want, to get what you need."

Alisha Rogers Cincinnati, Ohio

Thank you for supplying black career women a place/service to seek growth and career information about tackling the unknowns of creating a lifestyle of professional excellence. I have utilized your website more than I can count this past week since I looked you all up! The ‘Ask A Mentor’ function is priceless! You are needed and appreciated! Check this organization out if you are career-centered and want to be more balanced at it!

Jalea Stower-Grimes Project Manager

So excited to use this new app. I've been engaged with the organization for quite a while, which has been a wonderful experience. I always leave the in-person events (pre-COVID19) refreshed and encouraged. Having the app in your pocket now is icing on the cake. The app is easy to navigate, clean and sleek. The community is positive and inviting.